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D.C. Mayor Vincent C. Gray has withdrawn a security contract with the District, currently held by U.S. Security Associates, citing D.C. Council concerns about employment practices. (Rod Lamkey Jr./The Washington Times)

D.C. Mayor Vincent C. Gray has withdrawn a security contract with the District, currently held by U.S. Security Associates, citing D.C. Council concerns about employment practices. (Rod Lamkey Jr./The Washington Times)

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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.