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Freddie Mac, the mortgage giant, posted a gain for the second quarter and isn’t requesting any additional federal aid for the period. This is the fifth quarter in which Freddie hasn’t requested new federal aid since it was taken over in September 2008. (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.