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A truck driver watches as a container crane lowers a freight container onto a tractor-trailer at Boston’s port, one of 15 from there to Houston where longshoremen are threatening to strike if they cannot reach an agreement on their contract, which was extended in September but expires Saturday. Longshoremen operate the crane and the reach stacker seen at left. (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.