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Rep. W. Todd Akin of Missouri trails incumbent Claire McCaskill by 5.3 percentage points in the state’s race for Senate. Mr. Akin, a Republican, said women’s bodies can reject pregnancies if they are victims of “legitimate rape.” The comment caused party officials to demand that he quit the race, but he remains on the campaign trail. “A couple weeks ago, I felt like I parachuted into the middle of a hurricane,” he said. (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.