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With a courthouse in Somerset, Pa., as backdrop, former Sen. Rick Santorum of Pennsylvania announces he is entering the crowded field for the 2012 Republican presidential nomination. He criticized President Obama as having put the country on a path to moral and fiscal ruin.

Associated Press With a courthouse in Somerset, Pa., as backdrop, former Sen. Rick Santorum of Pennsylvania announces he is entering the crowded field for the 2012 Republican presidential nomination. He criticized President Obama as having put the country on a path to moral and fiscal ruin.

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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.