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"American Idol" winner Scotty McCreery and runner-up Lauren Alaina appear Thursday on the "Today" show in New York. The teenagers have been doing press together while pursuing careers in country music after the show's May 25 season finale.

ASSOCIATED PRESS "American Idol" winner Scotty McCreery and runner-up Lauren Alaina appear Thursday on the "Today" show in New York. The teenagers have been doing press together while pursuing careers in country music after the show's May 25 season finale.

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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.