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Cellist Yo-Yo Ma (right) appears with violinist Itzhak Perlman at the Capitol during President Obama's inauguration in January 2009. Because of freezing outdoor temperatures, television viewers heard prerecorded music from Mr. Ma's string quartet.

ASSOCIATED PRESS Cellist Yo-Yo Ma (right) appears with violinist Itzhak Perlman at the Capitol during President Obama's inauguration in January 2009. Because of freezing outdoor temperatures, television viewers heard prerecorded music from Mr. Ma's string quartet.

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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.