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UNITY — Sullivan County officials will examine a mandatory COVID-19 vaccination requirement in addition to new policies incentivizing employees to vaccinate following a recent outbreak of the novel coronavirus in the county nursing home.

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MONTPELIER, Vt. — It will be a few weeks before all the bags are counted, but Green Up Day organizers are thinking 2021 might have been a big year for trash.

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NEWPORT — A collaborative of local arts and commerce groups aim to put the cultural offerings in Newport, Claremont, and neighboring hubs literally and figuratively “on the map” as early as this coming fall.

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All U.S. adults are now eligible for a COVID-19 vaccine. To register for a vaccine appointment in New Hampshire, please visit vaccines.nh.gov or call 2-1-1. To register for a vaccine appointment in Vermont, please visit healthvermont.gov or call (855) 722-7878.

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WASHINGTON — The U.S. Food and Drug Administration is expected to authorize Pfizer’s COVID-19 vaccine for youngsters ages 12 to 15 by next week, according to a federal official and a person familiar with the process, setting up shots for many before the beginning of the next school year.

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ROCHESTER (AP) — The city of Rochester, New Hampshire, is naming its community center for freelance journalist James Wright Foley, who was kidnapped and beheaded by Islamic State militants in 2014 while reporting on the conflict in Syria.

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HARTFORD, Conn. — A law adopted this week in Connecticut adds momentum to the push to strengthen vaccination requirements for schoolchildren, but efforts to give families more leeway are brewing in statehouses around the country in debates that go back more than a century.

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TOKYO — Some nurses in Japan are incensed at a request from Tokyo Olympic organizers to have 500 of them dispatched to help out with the games. They say they’re already near the breaking point dealing with the coronavirus pandemic.

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Free beer, pot and doughnuts. Savings bonds. A chance to win an all-terrain vehicle. Places around the U.S. are offering incentives to try to energize the nation’s slowing vaccination drive and get Americans to roll up their sleeves.

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NEW YORK — It was anxiety — and not a problem with the shots — that caused fainting, dizziness and other short-term reactions in dozens of people at coronavirus vaccine clinics in five states, U.S. health officials have concluded.

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Disneyland reopened on Friday and cruise lines welcomed the news that they could be sailing again in the U.S. by midsummer, as the number of Americans fully vaccinated against COVID-19 reached another milestone: 100 million.

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Through a moment of silence held with players standing on the baselines preceding the bout between the Terriers and Minutemen softball teams, a single white balloon in a cluster of purple blowing in the breeze, and words of remembrance on the cleats of her classmates on the baseball field ne…