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Comedian Dave Attell hasn’t strayed from Superstorm Sandy in his material. “It was dark. Toilets were backing up. … It was pretty much like it always was,” he joked to a Comedy Cellar crowd in New York. The venue was closed from Oct. 28 through Nov. 1, but it reopened Nov. 2 after a generator was brought in. (Las Vegas News Bureau via 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.