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Ringo, a 3-year-old black Labrador, is used as an off-leash bomb sniffer. He is a veteran of the war in Afghanistan. But the U.S. military now relies more on electronic sensors to do the job. (Associated Press)

Ringo, a 3-year-old black Labrador, is used as an off-leash bomb sniffer. He is a veteran of the war in Afghanistan. But the U.S. military now relies more on electronic sensors to do the job. (Associated Press)

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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.