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FILE - In this July 15, 2013 file photo, Republican state Sen. Kirk Dillard officially announces his run for Illinois governor in 2014 outside his childhood home in Chicago. The minimum wage debate could be top issue on 2014 campaign trail. Dillard said that considering the state’s high unemployment and fiscal problems, raising the rate would be too big of a risk. (AP Photo/Scott Eisen, File)

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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.