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House pages cluster around President Obama before his State of the Union speech In January. After nearly 200 years, the House program is ending. The high school students served as messengers for lawmakers while getting a front-row seat to learn about Congress. (Associated Press)

House pages cluster around President Obama before his State of the Union speech In January. After nearly 200 years, the House program is ending. The high school students served as messengers for lawmakers while getting a front-row seat to learn about Congress. (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.