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Detroit Mayor Dave Bing (right), greeting Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder at his Jan. 1 inauguration, does not agree with the governor's idea of a state takeover of his troubled city. "We know what needs to be done, and we stand ready to do it," Mr. Bing said. (Associated Press)

Detroit Mayor Dave Bing (right), greeting Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder at his Jan. 1 inauguration, does not agree with the governor's idea of a state takeover of his troubled city. "We know what needs to be done, and we stand ready to do it," Mr. Bing said. (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.