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Rep. Jason Chaffetz, Utah Republican, will run for a third term in the House of Representatives rather than challenge Sen. Orrin G. Hatch, who has held the seat for 36 years. Mr. Chaffetz enjoyed significant backing from the tea party. (Associated Press)

Rep. Jason Chaffetz, Utah Republican, will run for a third term in the House of Representatives rather than challenge Sen. Orrin G. Hatch, who has held the seat for 36 years. Mr. Chaffetz enjoyed significant backing from the tea party. (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.