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Cleanup crews clear oil from alongside the Yellowstone River in Laurel, Mont., on Tuesday, July 5, 2011. The scenic waterway has risen above flood stage, raising fears that the surging currents will further spread crude from the previous week's oil spill. (Associated Press)

Cleanup crews clear oil from alongside the Yellowstone River in Laurel, Mont., on Tuesday, July 5, 2011. The scenic waterway has risen above flood stage, raising fears that the surging currents will further spread crude from the previous week's oil spill. (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.