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Joe Ashton is vice president of the United Auto Workers, which was trying to nail down the terms of a new contract with the Big Three automakers in Detroit. Talks were going down to the wire. (Associated Press)

Joe Ashton is vice president of the United Auto Workers, which was trying to nail down the terms of a new contract with the Big Three automakers in Detroit. Talks were going down to the wire. (Associated Press)

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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.