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**FILE** This undated photo shows Flutterby at Kimberly Jackson's home in Falmouth, Maine. In contrast to their icky reputation, owners say rats are playful, affectionate and smart. Look past your preconceptions, they say, and you might just fall in love. (AP Photo/Kimberly Jackson)
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**FILE** This undated photo shows Flutterby at Kimberly Jackson's home in Falmouth, Maine. In contrast to their icky reputation, owners say rats are playful, affectionate and smart. Look past your preconceptions, they say, and you might just fall in love. (AP Photo/Kimberly Jackson)

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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.