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Paul Locke, chairman of the committee that wrote a National Academy of Sciences report on the safety of mining uranium in Virginia, says "there are still many unknowns" about the safety of lifting a ban on mining the radioactive material. (Associated Press)

Paul Locke, chairman of the committee that wrote a National Academy of Sciences report on the safety of mining uranium in Virginia, says "there are still many unknowns" about the safety of lifting a ban on mining the radioactive material. (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.