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Sam and Liz Weidner, of Hudsonville, Mich., view a home for sale in their state. Standard & Poor’s Corp. reported Tuesday that price gains in the top 20 metropolitan areas accelerated to nearly 11 percent over last year, led by gains of more than 20 percent in formerly depressed markets such as Phoenix. (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.