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Former Louisiana Gov. Edwin Edwards (in hat) arrives with his daughter Anna Edwards (far left) at a Baton Rouge halfway house Thursday to begin serving the rest of his prison sentence. He was released after serving eight years for a corruption conviction. (Associated Press)

Former Louisiana Gov. Edwin Edwards (in hat) arrives with his daughter Anna Edwards (far left) at a Baton Rouge halfway house Thursday to begin serving the rest of his prison sentence. He was released after serving eight years for a corruption conviction. (Associated Press)

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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.