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With pump trucks aplenty, workers at hydraulic fracturing sites have been able to extract petroleum and natural gas from subterranean shale. The plentiful and cheap energy has given the U.S. a competitive edge. (Associated Press)

With pump trucks aplenty, workers at hydraulic fracturing sites have been able to extract petroleum and natural gas from subterranean shale. The plentiful and cheap energy has given the U.S. a competitive edge. (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.