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Oakland Athletics starting pitcher Sonny Gray throws to the Los Angeles Angels during the first inning of a baseball game on Friday, Aug. 22, 2014, in Oakland, Calif. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)

Oakland Athletics starting pitcher Sonny Gray throws to the Los Angeles Angels during the first inning of a baseball game on Friday, Aug. 22, 2014, in Oakland, Calif. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)

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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.