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The National Retail Federation has found that the 82 percent of Americans who celebrate Easter will spend a total of $16.8 billion on food, decorations and apparel this year. (Orange County Register via Associated Press)

The National Retail Federation has found that the 82 percent of Americans who celebrate Easter will spend a total of $16.8 billion on food, decorations and apparel this year. (Orange County Register via 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.