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Minor offenders put in court-ordered community service last week by aiding in the Superstorm Sandy relief effort on Coney Island in New York’s Brooklyn borough. About 80,000 of the 100,000 annual cases in Manhattan are lower-level misdemeanors and violations that often wind up with community service. Last week, 70 people went to Coney Island. (Manhattan District Attorney’s Office 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.