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Louis Armstrong died July 6, 1971, just days after this photo of the trumpet master practicing at home in New York was taken. The jazz great broke racial barriers with his broad appeal. (Associated Press)

Louis Armstrong died July 6, 1971, just days after this photo of the trumpet master practicing at home in New York was taken. The jazz great broke racial barriers with his broad appeal. (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.