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Judge Lillian Sing listens to a defendant in the Community Justice Center last week in San Francisco. It’s been difficult for researchers to determine savings by such courts, but studies suggest they help curb crime and repeat offenders. (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.