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U.S. Navy(WASHINGTON) -- The White House is warning the Syrian regime against conducting another chemical weapons attack, saying in a statement that Syrian President Bashar al-Assad and the Syrian military "will pay a heavy price."

The statement was released Monday night after the White House said the U.S. had found "potential" evidence that Assad was preparing an attack similar to the one carried out on April 4 that killed dozens of civilians, including children.

"If ... Mr. Assad conducts another mass murder attack using chemical weapons, he and his military will pay a heavy price,” the statement warned.

The April chemical attack took place at the Shayrat airbase.

In a response to that attack, the U.S. launched 59 Tomahawk missiles at the Syrian base from two U.S. Navy ships in the Mediterranean Sea.

"The activity we have seen at Shayrat in the last couple of days is associated with chemical weapons handling at a known spot on that base, a known aircraft shelter that’s used for chemical weapons," Pentagon spokesman Capt. Jeff Davis told reporters on Tuesday. "And that is what inspired the statement you saw last night."

According to Davis, the intelligence suggesting that Syria was preparing for another attack emerged over the last few days with the information becoming "more compelling yesterday."

Davis would not say if the Pentagon has presented President Trump with a series of options to respond to an attack by the Assad regime.

Separately, a U.S. official told ABC News that military planning has been underway for several days in case options are required.

ABC News breaks down some of the military options the U.S. could take if the Assad regime launches another chemical weapons attack.

Tomahawk missiles from the Mediterranean

The U.S. could choose to repeat its April response by launching a barrage of Tomahawk missiles from U.S. Navy ships in the Mediterranean Sea.

The USS Ross and USS Porter, which launched the 59 missiles in April that took out roughly 20 Syrian planes, are no longer in the region.

However, the George H.W. Bush carrier strike group is southwest of Cyprus. That group contains guided missile cruisers, the USS Philippine Sea (CG 58) and USS Hue City (CG 66), as well as guided-missile destroyers USS Truxtun (DDG 103) and USS Cole (DDG-67).

Tomahawk missiles were the chosen weapon of choice in April for several reasons. They are intermediate-range, jet engine-powered missiles that can be launched from a ship or submarine. They fly at low levels, up to 1,500 miles at 550 mph, and can carry a 1,000-pound conventional warhead.

Perhaps most importantly, their use ensures that U.S. military personnel aren’t put in harm’s way. The long and lean missile, standing 18-20 feet, simply finds its target using GPS coordinates.

But it doesn’t necessarily fly in a straight line. Rather, the U.S. Navy describes the path as “an evasive route” designed by “several mission-tailored guidance systems.”

For all its benefits, the Tomahawk doesn’t come cheap; every missile costs nearly $1 million.

Additionally, Russia's air defense systems in Syria are capable of shooting down incoming Tomahawk missiles.

Russia has conducted recent cruise missile strikes in Syria launched from Russian Navy ships offshore. The Russians have used those missile launches to strike at what they say are terrorist targets. But a U.S. official says the Russians have also used the launches to calibrate the targeting radars that could be used to bring down tomahawk missiles.

Manned or unmanned aircraft

Another option is for manned or unmanned U.S. aircraft to target the Shayat airbase again or hit other Syrian military installations. These aircraft could launch from neighboring ships or U.S. bases in the region.

But this option carries significant risk, in part because U.S. planes could be brought down by Russia's sophisticated long-range air defense systems.

Furthermore, as a result of the U.S. downing a Syrian war plane earlier this month, Russia has said it will target any U.S. aircraft flying west of the Euphrates River.

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iStock/Thinkstock(WASHINGTON) -- Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell told Republican senators he is delaying a vote on the GOP health care bill until after the Fourth of July recess because he does not have the votes to move it to debate, two senior Senate Republican aides told ABC News.

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell formally confirmed the delay, saying, "We're going to continue the discussions within our conference on the differences that we have."

Sen. John Thune, R-Neb., stressed that the goal was to still replace Obamacare.

"While the schedule may have slipped a little bit, we are intent on rescuing Americans from a failed systems that has driven up their cost and made it more difficult for them to find coverage," Thune said.

Earlier Tuesday, Senate Majority Whip John Cornyn told ABC News: "I expect to have the support and get it done ... and yes, we will vote this week."

At least five Republican senators said they had opposed the procedural vote on the GOP health care plan, effectively blocking the bill from reaching the Senate floor.

In order to pass the health care bill through the Senate, Republicans can afford only two defections; in case of a tie, they have the option of calling in Vice President Mike Pence to cast the tie-breaking vote.

Before the delay was announced, Republicans senators were invited to the White House for a meeting with President Donald Trump.

"The president invited us to come down," McConnell said at a news conference this afternoon. "The White House has been very much involved in these discussions. They're very anxious to help, and we appreciate the invitation, and I hope all of our members will head down."

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Courtesy Ritz Carlton(NEW YORK) -- Luxury hotel brand Ritz-Carlton is testing the waters on another high-end venture: yachting.

The Ritz-Carlton Yacht Collection is scheduled to take to the sea in late 2019, according to the company.

Voyages will last 7-10 days and will include ports in the Mediterranean, Northern Europe, the Caribbean and Latin America.

The small capacity vessel will accommodate up to 298 passengers and feature 149 suites, each with its own private balcony. The yacht will also feature two 138-square-meter lavish duplex penthouse suites, with modern craftsmanship and interior finishes jointly designed by the Ritz-Carlton and the Tillberg Design of Sweden.

Ritz-Carlton yachts will feature a restaurant by chef Sven Elverfeld, a signature Ritz-Carlton Spa and a Panorama Lounge and wine bar, offering a wide variety of on-board entertainment.

Reservations begin May 2018.

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iStock/Thinkstock(CHICAGO) -- Three "current or former" Chicago police officers have been indicted on state felony charges related to the death of 17-year-old Laquan McDonald, according to officials.

The police officers were indicted for allegedly engaging in a conspiracy in an attempt to prevent or shape the independent criminal investigation into McDonald's police-involved shooting death, according to a release from Special Prosecutor Patricia Brown Holmes.

McDonald was shot 16 times in October 2014 by Chicago Police Officer Jason Van Dyke. Van Dyke is awaiting trial and has pleaded not guilty.

This is a breaking news story. Please check back for updates.

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Freeform/Eric McCandless(LOS ANGELES) -- After seven seasons and 159 episodes, Pretty Little Liars is finally coming to an end.

The show's executive producer, I. Marlene King, and its cast have been notoriously tight-lipped about the identity of A.D. -- the mysterious figure who has been torturing the liars Spencer Hastings, Aria Montgomery, Emily Fields, Hanna Marin and Alison DiLaurentis through the years.

And though King has said she and the writers have known how they were going to end the show for two years now, they've kept tonight's series finale a heavily guarded secret.  However, tonight's two-hour finale is expected to reveal not only the identity of A.D. but also the father of Emily and Alison's baby.

To help with the wait, some of the show's stars each shared five words about what to expect in tonight's finale:

Nia Peeples, who plays Pam Fields: "You're gonna need more wine."

Laura Leighton, who plays Ashley Marin: "Questions answered. Chapters closed. Except…"

Sasha Pieterse, who plays Alison DiLaurentis: "Tenacious, Satisfying, Dangerous, Epic, Romantic."

Tonight's finale will be followed by a one-hour Tell-All special, where the stars and King sit down for an in-depth discussion. The fun starts tonight at 8 p.m. ET on Freeform.

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Scott Clarke / ESPN Images(NEW YORK) -- Serena Williams, who poses nude on the cover of Vanity Fair's August issue, said she plans to return to the tennis court after giving birth to her first child.

"I don’t think my story is over yet," the 35-year-old tennis star and winner of 23 grand slams told the magazine.

Williams is engaged to Reddit co-founder Alexis Ohanian.

In the magazine, Williams recalled learning she was pregnant a week before the Australian Open last January. After taking a home pregnancy test, she said she "did a double take and my heart dropped. Like literally it dropped." She took five more tests to be sure, then called Ohanian, who hopped on a flight to Australia.

Williams still can't believe she's really going to be a mom.

"I don’t know what to do with a baby. I have nothing...I’ve done absolutely nothing for the baby room," she told Vanity Fair.

She's also trying to enjoy "the little freedom" she has left before marrying Ohanian.

The seemingly mismatched pair -- she didn't know what Reddit was and he had never seen a tennis match -- met by chance in May 2015 at the Cavalieri Hotel in Rome, where they were seated next to each other. After dating nearly two years, in December 2016 they returned to the Cavalieri where Ohanian proposed on one knee.

"I knew it was coming," Williams recalled. "I was like, ‘Serena, you’re 35, you’re ready. This is what you want.'"

Ohanian said he knew he wanted to spend the rest of his life with Williams because she made him want to be a better person.

"I find myself just wanting to be better by simply being around her because of the standard she holds," he told Vanity Fair.

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iStock/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) -- More than 80 percent of parents have made at least one dosing error when administering medicine to their young children, according to a new study released on Tuesday by the American Academy of Pediatrics.

The study, called "Pictograms, Units and Dosing Tools, and Parent Medication Errors: A Randomized Study," looked at 491 parents of children 8 years old or younger and found that 83.5 percent of parents made at least one dosing error, and that 12.1 percent of those errors were overdosing errors.

The study suggested that less-than-optimal labeling and packaging are some of the key contributors to pediatric dosing errors. The researchers suggested creating dosing tools for parents that match more closely with prescribed dose volumes as a strategy to prevent future errors.

The researchers also found that using "pictographic dosing diagrams," or providing pictures for parents to follow in dosing, as well as using milliliter-only labels were helpful in preventing dosing errors.

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