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U.S. zaps target in high-stakes missile shield test

A Standard Missile - 3 (SM-3) Block IB interceptor is launched from the USS Lake Erie guided missile cruiser during a Missile Defense Agency test in the mid-Pacific in this June 27, 2012 handout photo courtesy of Raytheon. REUTERS/Raytheon/Missile Defense Agency/Handout

A Standard Missile - 3 (SM-3) Block IB interceptor is launched from the USS Lake Erie guided missile cruiser during a Missile Defense Agency test in the mid-Pacific in this June 27, 2012 handout photo courtesy of Raytheon. REUTERS/Raytheon/Missile...more

A Standard Missile - 3 (SM-3) Block IB interceptor is launched from the USS Lake Erie guided missile cruiser during a Missile Defense Agency test in the mid-Pacific in this June 27, 2012 handout photo courtesy of Raytheon. REUTERS/Raytheon/Missile Defense Agency/Handout
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One of Raytheon's Integrated Defense buildings is seen in San Diego, California January 20, 2011. REUTERS/Mike Blake

One of Raytheon's Integrated Defense buildings is seen in San Diego, California January 20, 2011. REUTERS/Mike Blake

One of Raytheon's Integrated Defense buildings is seen in San Diego, California January 20, 2011. REUTERS/Mike Blake
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