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Stickers show which credit cards are accepted at a shop in Frankfurt, Germany, yet only 36 percent of Germans older than 15 possess a credit card, compared with 62 percent in the U.S. It’s that financial culture — an aversion to debt and an emphasis on savings — that makes Chancellor Angela Merkel’s hard-line approach to resolving the European economic crisis through austerity and budget reforms so popular among her constituents. (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.