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New York State Department of Environmental Conservation Commissioner Joe Martens testifies during a joint legislative budget hearing on the environment on Wednesday, Jan. 29, 2014, in Albany, N.Y. Martens says his agency has “absolutely no plans” to issue permits for shale gas drilling and fracking in the 2014-15 fiscal year. (AP Photo/Mike Groll)

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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.