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RICHMOND, Va. (AP) Virginia's fourth- and eighth-graders perform better in mathematics than their peers nationwide, but less than half have a solid grasp of the subject. The tests are considered the best gauge of public schools' student performance in core subjects.

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) The state Department of Education says personal information about more than 103,000 former adult-education students has been lost. Officials are notifying many of them about the issue and how they can protect themselves from identity theft.

WASHINGTON (AP) A female soldier convicted of maltreating Abu Ghraib detainees says she hopes her appeal to the military's highest court will exonerate all whose reputations were tarnished by the scandal. Former Army Reserve Specialist Sabrina Harman spoke before her hearing today in Washington before a federal armed forces appeals court.

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