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An Eastern diamond back rattlesnake coils itself to strike during the Opp Rattlesnake Rodeo. Reptile researchers say populations of the snake species are declining to dangerously low levels. (Associated Press)

An Eastern diamond back rattlesnake coils itself to strike during the Opp Rattlesnake Rodeo. Reptile researchers say populations of the snake species are declining to dangerously low levels. (Associated Press)

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Say hello, Assad: See the Navy warships off the coast of Syria

The Navy has sent four warships — USS Ramage, USS Mahan, USS Gravely and USS Barry — armed with ballistic missiles into the eastern Mediterranean Sea amid violence in Syria. Navy ships are capable of a variety of military actions, including launching Tomahawk cruise missiles as they did against Libya in 2011.