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"Concern about the deficit cannot be an excuse for leaving unemployed workers to suffer," says Christina Romer, who steps down Friday as the White House's top economist.

ASSOCIATED PRESS "Concern about the deficit cannot be an excuse for leaving unemployed workers to suffer," says Christina Romer, who steps down Friday as the White House's top economist.

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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.