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Iowa Gov. Terry Branstad has signaled his intent to clash with state-employee unions on some issues, making the same point his Wisconsin counterpart has; namely, that some trimming of benefits will be necessary to prevent layoffs.

Associated Press IowaGov. Terry Branstad has signaled his intent to clash with state-employee unions on some issues, making the same point his Wisconsin counterpart has; namely, that some trimming of benefits will be necessary to prevent 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.