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Traders work the crude oil options pit at the New York Mercantile Exchange on Thursday as unrest in Libya sent prices up to nearly $100 a barrel. Traders are worried that revolt could spread to other countries in the Middle East, such as petroleum-rich Saudi Arabia. (Associated Press)

Traders work the crude oil options pit at the New York Mercantile Exchange on Thursday as unrest in Libya sent prices up to nearly $100 a barrel. Traders are worried that revolt could spread to other countries in the Middle East, such as petroleum-rich Saudi Arabia. (Associated Press)

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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.