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One of the major components of Gov. Bob McDonnell's education reform package is bill headed for the House floor after passing in committee. It directs the state Board of Education to develop a system to grade public schools on an A to F scale. (Associated Press)

One of the major components of Gov. Bob McDonnell's education reform package is bill headed for the House floor after passing in committee. It directs the state Board of Education to develop a system to grade public schools on an A to F scale. (Associated Press)

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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.