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Softbank Corp. President Masayoshi Son (left) and Sprint Nextel Corp. Chief Executive Dan Hesse shake hands Monday after a deal was reached for Softbank to acquire 70 percent of Sprint for $20.1 billion in the largest ever foreign acquisition by a Japanese company. (Associated Press)

Softbank Corp. President Masayoshi Son (left) and Sprint Nextel Corp. Chief Executive Dan Hesse shake hands Monday after a deal was reached for Softbank to acquire 70 percent of Sprint for $20.1 billion in the largest ever foreign acquisition by a Japanese company. (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.