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The Sandhills, near Mills, Neb., is an environmentally sensitive area. TransCanada hopes to build the Keystone XL pipeline through the area to transport crude from Canada to the Gulf Coast. The company said Wednesday it has revised the route. (Associated Press)

The Sandhills, near Mills, Neb., is an environmentally sensitive area. TransCanada hopes to build the Keystone XL pipeline through the area to transport crude from Canada to the Gulf Coast. The company said Wednesday it has revised the route. (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.