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The Matilda's horned viper, discovered in southwestern Tanzania about two years ago, is the world's newest snake species. It's named for the daughter of one of its discoverers, the director of the Wildlife Conservation Society in Tanzania. (Associated Press)

The Matilda's horned viper, discovered in southwestern Tanzania about two years ago, is the world's newest snake species. It's named for the daughter of one of its discoverers, the director of the Wildlife Conservation Society in Tanzania. (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.