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Interior Secretary Ken Salazar takes a closer look Thursday in an area that was open water two years ago before a wetlands restoration project in the Delta National Wildlife Refuge off Louisiana. He and other federal officials led an inspection tour of the refuge in the aftermath of the Gulf oil spill.

Interior Secretary Ken Salazar takes a closer look Thursday in an area that was open water two years ago before a wetlands restoration project in the Delta National Wildlife Refuge off Louisiana. He and other federal officials led an inspection tour of the refuge in the aftermath of the Gulf oil spill.

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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.