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National Park Service officials announce that the peak bloom period for Washington's cherry blossom trees around the Tidal Basin is expected to be between March 26 and March 30. (Andrew Harnik/The Washington Times)

National Park Service officials announce that the peak bloom period for Washington's cherry blossom trees around the Tidal Basin is expected to be between March 26 and March 30. (Andrew Harnik/The Washington Times)

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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.