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Middle school teacher Gary Weddle, 50, holds his cut beard while shaving the remaining stubble on Sunday evening after learning of the death of Osama bin Laden. On 9/11, he vowed to not shave until the al Qaeda leader was caught or killed. (Associated Press)

Middle school teacher Gary Weddle, 50, holds his cut beard while shaving the remaining stubble on Sunday evening after learning of the death of Osama bin Laden. On 9/11, he vowed to not shave until the al Qaeda leader was caught or killed. (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.