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Serena Williams defeated Tamira Paszek 6-3, 6-2 to claim her 15th consecutive match at Melbourne Park. Williams won the Australian Open in 2009 and 2010 but was injured last year. (Associated Press)

Serena Williams defeated Tamira Paszek 6-3, 6-2 to claim her 15th consecutive match at Melbourne Park. Williams won the Australian Open in 2009 and 2010 but was injured last year. (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.