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Calves are auctioned Friday at the livestock market in Burwell, Neb. With a record drought drying up grazing land and cornfields, ranchers are selling off their cattle early to avoid high feed costs. (Associated Press)

Calves are auctioned Friday at the livestock market in Burwell, Neb. With a record drought drying up grazing land and cornfields, ranchers are selling off their cattle early to avoid high feed costs. (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.