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Rupert Murdoch, chairman of News Corp., shown with chief executive Rebekah Brooks, has traveled to London in the wake of the phone-hacking scandal that has shaken his media empire. A pending deal to acquire full control of British Sky Broadcasting is threatened. (Associated Press)

Rupert Murdoch, chairman of News Corp., shown with chief executive Rebekah Brooks, has traveled to London in the wake of the phone-hacking scandal that has shaken his media empire. A pending deal to acquire full control of British Sky Broadcasting is threatened. (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.