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U.S. astronaut Scott Kelly (left) and Russian cosmonaut Mikhail Kornienko will spend a year on the International Space Station beginning in 2015 to provide a medical foundation for future missions beyond low-Earth orbit. Mr. Kelly’s twin, Mark, is a retired astronaut married to former Rep. Gabrielle Giffords. (Gagarin Cosmonaut Training Center via NASA, 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.