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Sens. Frank R. Lautenberg (left) and Robert Menendez, Democrats of New Jersey, toured areas ravaged by the storm spawned by Hurricane Sandy with President Obama on Wednesday. They asked the president to increase the federal share of disaster relief, citing New Jersey’s continuing costs from Hurricane Irene last year. (Associated Press)

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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.