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Even before cable news outlets began reporting the tornadoes that ripped through Texas on Tuesday, a map of the state began blinking red on a screen in the Red Cross' new social media monitoring center, alerting weather watchers that something was happening in the hard-hit area. (Associated Press)

Even before cable news outlets began reporting the tornadoes that ripped through Texas on Tuesday, a map of the state began blinking red on a screen in the Red Cross' new social media monitoring center, alerting weather watchers that something was happening in the hard-hit area. (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.