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Ellen DeGeneres will receive the Mark Twain Prize for American Humor at the Kennedy Center on Oct. 22. The ceremony will be televised on PBS stations Oct. 30. (Associated Press)

Ellen DeGeneres will receive the Mark Twain Prize for American Humor at the Kennedy Center on Oct. 22. The ceremony will be televised on PBS stations Oct. 30. (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.