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Nathaniel Ward, who has been a taxi driver for 36 years, gives D.C. Mayor Vincent C. Gray his opinion about the new “smart meters” to be installed in cabs operating in the District after the mayor’s press briefing on Wednesday. The city plans to equip about 6,500 cabs with the new credit-card-reading meters within 90 days. (Rod Lamkey Jr./The Washington Times)

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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.