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A 4-foot crack on the west side near the pyramid top of the Washington Monument and other earthquake damage will keep the monument closed to the public for some time. (AP Photo/National Park Service)

A 4-foot crack on the west side near the pyramid top of the Washington Monument and other earthquake damage will keep the monument closed to the public for some time. (AP Photo/National Park Service)

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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.