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Charles Durning (left, with Elliott Gould and Ed Asner in 1984) was a two-time Oscar nominee dubbed the king of the character actors for his skill in playing everything from a Nazi colonel to the pope to a romantic smitten with a man in drag. (Associated Press)

Charles Durning (left, with Elliott Gould and Ed Asner in 1984) was a two-time Oscar nominee dubbed the king of the character actors for his skill in playing everything from a Nazi colonel to the pope to a romantic smitten with a man in drag. (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.