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Martin Freeman stars as Bilbo Baggins in “The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey — 2012.” The first of what is now planned to be a trilogy will be released on Dec. 14 with the second following a year later and the third in 2014. (Rex Features via 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.