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NAACP President Benjamin Jealous (right) speaks Tuesday in support of repealing Maryland’s death penalty. Though repeal is backed by Gov. Martin O’Malley, the legislation faces detractors who see capital punishment as a tool in the judicial process. (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.