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House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, California Democrat, gives pens used to sign the bill to area children during a ceremony Tuesday after she signed a $26 billion jobs bill to protect 300,000 teachers and other nonfederal government workers from election-year layoffs.

ASSOCIATED PRESS House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, California Democrat, gives pens used to sign the bill to area children during a ceremony Tuesday after she signed a $26 billion jobs bill to protect 300,000 teachers and other nonfederal government workers from election-year layoffs.

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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.