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Visitors and employees at the U.S. Botanic Garden on Capitol Hill got a good view — and a nose-curdling sniff — in 2003 when Amorphophallus Titanum opened to great fanfare. The rare flower smells like a rotting body and a new "corpse flower" is expected to have more curious onlookers this week when it will enthrall and gross out a new audience. (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.