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M. Lauren Brettner, left, and her wife, Jacqueline Brettner, smile while talking to reporters about a federal lawsuit filed Wednesday, Feb. 12, 2014, in New Orleans to challenge the Louisiana Constitution’s ban on recognizing same-sex marriages performed in states where they are legal. They are one of four couples who joined the Forum for Equality Louisiana in a suit against the state registrar and state revenue secretary. All four couples were married in states where such marriages are legal.They are among four couples, all married states where same-sex marriage is legal, who joined the Forum for Equality Louisiana in a suit against the state registrar and state revenue secretary. (AP Photo/Janet McConnaughey)

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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.