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Specialist John O’Hara (right) works at his post on the floor of the New York Stock Exchange on Tuesday. Stocks began falling sharply at the opening of trading on Wall Street after 3M and DuPont slashed their earnings forecasts. The Dow closed down 243.36. (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.