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In a First Day Hike last Jan. 1, park ranger Bob Flippen leads hikers at Virginia’s High Bridge Trail State Park. About 400 such outings took place in all 50 states. More than 600 are planned for this New Year’s Day. (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.