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Ron Barber, seen here in January with then-Rep Gabrielle Giffords, Arizona Democrat, hopes to keep the seat that his former boss relinquished in the Democratic column in a special election on Tuesday. It is one of three House seats currently vacant. (Associated Press)

Ron Barber, seen here in January with then-Rep Gabrielle Giffords, Arizona Democrat, hopes to keep the seat that his former boss relinquished in the Democratic column in a special election on Tuesday. It is one of three House seats currently vacant. (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.