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Updated June 17, 2021 at 3:52 PM ET

The U.S. Embassy in Kabul says it is suffering from a major COVID-19 outbreak that has largely confined staff to their quarters and is disrupting many of its operations. Earlier this week, the embassy announced that it was suspending in-person visa interviews for Afghans who had worked for the U.S. military.

It's been a little more than a month since adolescents as young as 12 became eligible in the United States to receive the Pfizer vaccine against COVID-19, and nearly all reports have been positive: The vaccine is very effective in this age group, and the vast majority of kids experience mild side effects, if any — the same sore arm or mild flulike symptoms seen among adults who get the shot.

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Charlottesville, VA – On Monday, Governor Tim Kaine took Virginia's executive branch on the road in and around Charlottesville. Reporter Martha Woodroof spent an exhausting day keeping up with them.

Charlottesville, VA – Despite the recent rainfall, trees and shrubs across Virginia are suffering from warmer temperatures and a lack of precipitation. Some gardeners believe the plants are trying to tell us something. Nancy King, with the radio program With Good Reason, took a walk in her garden.

Rockingham County – Suggestions for navigating the increasingly confusing process of applying to college. Dr. Margee Greenfield is the High School Challenge Facilitator for Rockingham County Schools. She advises students on the college selection process.

Charlottesville, VA – Memories of the Summer of Love

Charlottesville, VA – In this week's Civic Soapbox, the essay makes way for the narrative.
Deep brain stimulation involves the surgical implantation of a brain pacemaker, which sends electrical impulses to specific parts of the brain. At present, the procedure is used only for Parkinson's patients whose symptoms cannot be adequately controlled with medications.

Charlottesville, VA – Deep brain stimulation involves the surgical implantation of a brain pacemaker, which sends electrical impulses to specific parts of the brain. At present, the procedure is used only for Parkinson's patients whose symptoms cannot be adequately controlled with medications.

Dr. Robert Spekman has Parkinson's Disease. Following is a two-part narrative he calls "Reclaiming My Body: A Journey with Deep Brain Stimulation."

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Updated June 20, 2021 at 9:09 AM ET

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — Forecasters warned of life-threatening flash flooding in parts of the Deep South, particularly across central Alabama, as Tropical Depression Claudette traveled over coastal states early Sunday.

Heavy rain led to high water late Saturday into early Sunday in the Birmingham and Tuscaloosa metropolitan areas.

Let's face it. If you are a mushroom scientist, you are hopelessly outnumbered.

By one estimate, there are between 2.2 and 3.8 million species of fungi – and more than 90% of them aren't cataloged.

A Juneteenth celebration in Cape May, N.J., yesterday doubled as the grand opening day of the new Harriet Tubman Museum.

About 200 people gathered in Rotary Park for the city's first significant Juneteenth celebration, organized by the museum. The event of African drumming and speeches by town leaders drew some for their first taste of Juneteenth as it becomes a national holiday.

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