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Henry Rayner (center) of Dudley, N.C., was among about 400 black veterans awarded the Congressional Gold Medal on Wednesday on Capitol Hill for helping integrate the Marine Corps during World War II. (Associated Press)

Henry Rayner (center) of Dudley, N.C., was among about 400 black veterans awarded the Congressional Gold Medal on Wednesday on Capitol Hill for helping integrate the Marine Corps during World War II. (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.