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Britney Spears is joining the judges table on Simon Cowell's "X Factor." She appeared Monday at Fox's presentation about new shows along with Demi Lovato, who also is joining as a judge, plus Mr. Cowell and judge L.A. Reid. (Associated Press)

Britney Spears is joining the judges table on Simon Cowell's "X Factor." She appeared Monday at Fox's presentation about new shows along with Demi Lovato, who also is joining as a judge, plus Mr. Cowell and judge L.A. Reid. (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.