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In this image released by Fox, contestant Erika Van Pelt, is consoled by a fellow contestant on "American Idol," Thursday, March 22, 2012 in Los Angeles after she was eliminated from the Fox singing contest. (AP Photo/Fox, Michael Becker)

In this image released by Fox, contestant Erika Van Pelt, is consoled by a fellow contestant on "American Idol," Thursday, March 22, 2012 in Los Angeles after she was eliminated from the Fox singing contest. (AP Photo/Fox, Michael Becker)

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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.