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Judge Jack Weinstein, 90, was appointed by President Lyndon B. Johnson to the federal bench in Brooklyn, N.Y., more than four decades ago. The federal judicial system is a case study of how the U.S. will cope with a graying America. (Associated Press)

Judge Jack Weinstein, 90, was appointed by President Lyndon B. Johnson to the federal bench in Brooklyn, N.Y., more than four decades ago. The federal judicial system is a case study of how the U.S. will cope with a graying America. (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.