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The federal government controls 65 percent of the land in Utah, including the Desolation Canyon stretch of the Green River near the eastern edge of the West Tavaputs Plateau. Utah is seeking control of the land so it can bolster its tax base. (Southwestern Utah Wilderness Alliance via Associated Press)

The federal government controls 65 percent of the land in Utah, including the Desolation Canyon stretch of the Green River near the eastern edge of the West Tavaputs Plateau. Utah is seeking control of the land so it can bolster its tax base. (Southwestern Utah Wilderness Alliance via 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.