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A fireman seeking fuel for firehouse generators joins a gas line Tuesday on Manhattan’s Lower East Side. People in New York and New Jersey are still facing multiple hardships as they try to recover from Sandy. The new storm expected Wednesday should veer farther offshore than first forecast. (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.