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AUTOSTOCK VIA associated press Four-time NASCAR champion Jeff Gordon, shown during Sunday night’s race at Atlanta Motor Speedway, is in danger of not claiming one of the 12 spots in the field for the Chase for the Sprint Cup.

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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.