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associated press Notre Dame, anchored on defense by Heisman Trophy finalist Manti Te’o (5), can become the first team since Brigham Young in 1984 to win the national championship after beginning the season unranked.

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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.