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Five-time defending NASCAR champion Jimmie Johnson presents driving gloves to President Obama at the White House on Wednesday. Mr. Obama honored Johnson and seven other drivers from last year's Chase for the Sprint Cup series.

ASSOCIATED PRESS Five-time defending NASCAR champion Jimmie Johnson presents driving gloves to President Obama at the White House on Wednesday. Mr. Obama honored Johnson and seven other drivers from last year's Chase for the Sprint Cup series.

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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.