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Confirmation hearings await former Sen. Chuck Hagel, President Obama’s nominee to head the Defense Department. Hawks in both parties suggest Mr. Hagel would be soft in prosecuting the terrorism fight and question his commitment to Israel. (Associated Press)

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Best combat rifles of all time

A combat rifle is a military service rifle that fires a full-power rifle cartridge, a mainstay of every modern army in the world. See the best combat rifles ever made.