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Sen. Tom Coburn, Oklahoma Republican, says he has documented proof of $3 billion worth of waste and mismanagement by the National Science Foundation. The 73-page report to taxpayers by researchers is annotated with more than 350 footnotes. (Associated Press)

Sen. Tom Coburn, Oklahoma Republican, says he has documented proof of $3 billion worth of waste and mismanagement by the National Science Foundation. The 73-page report to taxpayers by researchers is annotated with more than 350 footnotes. (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.