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“I’d advise against the idea of a shock, which has more of an attention-getting effect than a real therapeutic effect,” French President Francois Hollande said of proposals such as suggested changes to the 35-hour work week, shifting some of the tax burden to workers and cutting public spending. (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.