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The mounting federal debt is "the most important problem, at least in the longer term, that the United States faces," Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke said at a news conference Wednesday. (Associated Press)

The mounting federal debt is "the most important problem, at least in the longer term, that the United States faces," Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke said at a news conference Wednesday. (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.