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Mark Berndt (right), a former teacher at Miramonte Elementary School, looks to his attorney, Victor Acevedo, during his arraignment in Los Angeles Municipal Court on Tuesday. Mr. Berndt, 61, pleaded not guilty to lewd acts charges. (Associated Press)

Mark Berndt (right), a former teacher at Miramonte Elementary School, looks to his attorney, Victor Acevedo, during his arraignment in Los Angeles Municipal Court on Tuesday. Mr. Berndt, 61, pleaded not guilty to lewd acts charges. (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.