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A worker starts to cut down a pine tree last month in Houston. The lack of rain and extreme heat during a historic dry spell in Texas have taken a brutal toll on forests and city parks, and the effects could alter the state's landscape for years. (Associated Press)

A worker starts to cut down a pine tree last month in Houston. The lack of rain and extreme heat during a historic dry spell in Texas have taken a brutal toll on forests and city parks, and the effects could alter the state's landscape for years. (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.