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Virginia state Senate candidate Shawn Mitchell works the phones in his Modern Mechanical office in Ashburn, Va. A candidate in the newly drawn District 13 in Prince William and Loudoun counties, Mr. Mitchell recently settled a messy legal dispute with a former employer. (Rod Lamkey Jr./The Washington Times)

Virginia state Senate candidate Shawn Mitchell works the phones in his Modern Mechanical office in Ashburn, Va. A candidate in the newly drawn District 13 in Prince William and Loudoun counties, Mr. Mitchell recently settled a messy legal dispute with a former employer. (Rod Lamkey Jr./The Washington Times)

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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.