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** FILE ** President Obama and veteran White House reporter Helen Thomas (left) celebrate a shared birthday on Aug. 4, 2009, in the White House Press Briefing Room in Washington. Ms. Thomas died on Saturday, July 20, 2013. (Associated Press)

** FILE ** President Obama and veteran White House reporter Helen Thomas (left) celebrate a shared birthday on Aug. 4, 2009, in the White House Press Briefing Room in Washington. Ms. Thomas died on Saturday, July 20, 2013. (Associated Press)

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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.