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William Balfour has been charged with murdering three of actress and singer Jennifer Hudson's family members in 2008. Mr. Balfour faces a mandatory life prison sentence if convicted of murdering at least two of the victims. (Cook County Sheriff's Department)

William Balfour has been charged with murdering three of actress and singer Jennifer Hudson's family members in 2008. Mr. Balfour faces a mandatory life prison sentence if convicted of murdering at least two of the victims. (Cook County Sheriff's Department)

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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.