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New York restaurants moving to Palm Beach amid COVID-19 restrictions

PALM BEACH, Fla. — As COVID-19 restrictions on restaurants continue in states like New York, we are seeing more business owners bringing their northeast locations to the Island of Palm Beach.

“Really what it boils down to is that it's super attractive right now from the financial perspective, guests are dining out, we have no restrictions,” said Stephen Asprinio, principal for S.A. Hospitality Ventures.


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Manager says Tiger Woods in surgery after rollover crash

Golf star Tiger Woods suffered leg injuries Tuesday in a vehicle rollover in suburban Los Angeles and was undergoing surgery, authorities and his manager said. Woods was alone in the vehicle and had to be extricated from it, the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department said in a statement. No other cars were involved in the wreck that injured the golfer. An ambulance took Woods to a hospital in serious condition, authorities said.


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Seattle Mariners CEO resigns after video surfaces of him making insensitive comments about players

SOURCE: Ted S. Warren / AP File Photo


Seattle Mariners CEO Kevin Mather resigned Monday after video surfaced over the weekend of him expressing his views of the club's organizational strategy and making insensitive remarks about players. Mariners Chairman John Stanton said Mather's comments were inappropriate and do not represent the views of the franchise.


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Houston Astros and Washington Nationals report to Ballpark of the Palm Beaches for first day of spring training


Pitchers and catchers for the Houston Astros and Washington Nationals arrived at the Ballpark of the Palm Beaches in West Palm Beach on Wednesday to report for their first day of spring training. “Guys are taking out their bats and their gloves and their balls and they’re trying on uniforms,” said Matt Slatus, general manager at the Ballpark of the Palm Beaches.


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Interesting facts about each president of the United States

Do you know which U.S. president was a Grammy winner, or which one skinny dipped in the Potomac River every morning? History classes may have taught us plenty of important things about all the different presidents we've had over the past two centuries, but there are actually a lot of interesting facts about our presidents that many might not know — including which president was a lifelong bachelor and which one gave a speech right after being shot. And if you're wondering which stories are actually just myths (like did William Howard Taft really get stuck in a White House bathtub?), these fun facts about each commander-in-chief will definitely clear up truth from legend. Whether you're celebrating Presidents Day or just looking for random trivia facts to stump your friends and family, read on to learn interesting tidbits you never knew about each president of the United States!


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This is why we celebrate Presidents Day in February

Presidents Day may seem like a chance to shop for some sales and enjoy a long weekend, but when the holiday first started, it had a much deeper meaning. The first incarnation of Presidents Day actually began with George Washington. After his death in 1799, citizens unofficially remembered him on his actual birthday, Feb. 22. According to History, that date became a federal holiday in 1879 for the District of Columbia, and in 1885, the holiday was expanded to the whole country.


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Bruce Springsteen charged with drunken driving; Jeep Super Bowl ad on pause

In this Nov. 1, 2016 file photo, Bruce Springsteen performs at Stand Up For Heroes in New York. 

SOURCE: Greg Allen/Invision/AP File



Bruce Springsteen is facing a drunken driving charge in New Jersey, prompting Jeep to put on pause the Super Bowl television commercial that features him. Springsteen was arrested Nov. 14 in a part of the Gateway National Recreation Area on the New Jersey coast, a spokesperson for the National Park Service confirmed Wednesday.


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McDonald's is bringing back an old favorite to its menu after a customer revolt

McDonald's has heard the complaints and is bringing back the fan-favorite Hi-C Orange drink after a nearly four-year absence from soda fountains. The orange-colored beverage will begin reappearing in select U.S. restaurants this month and will be available nationwide by June. McDonald's said in a release that its return was prompted by boisterous fans on social media that have "passionately asked for us to bring it back over the years."


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Check out some of the top youth art images featured at ArtiGras

PALM BEACH GARDENS, Fla. — Celebrating its 36th anniversary, ArtiGras is back in 2021. The two-day event showcases a unique juried exhibition of more than 250 fine artists from all over the country. Interactive art exhibits, children's activities, live music and demonstrations will be available, as well. The event takes place February 13 - 14. Tickets start at $11. This year, ArtiGras has moved to its new location at the Gardens North County District Park in Palm Beach Gardens. For more information, click here. Above, you'll find the some of the top youth art images, which will be featured at ArtiGras. WPBF 25 is once again the proud exclusive television sponsor of ArtiGras


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Rock & Roll Hall of Fame 2021 nominees announced

Go ahead and brush the "Dirt Off Your Shoulder," the 2021 Rock & Roll Hall of Fame nominees are a "Tapestry" of "Simply The Best." If you haven't guessed yet, Jay-Z, Carole King and Tina Turner are among those up for induction this year.


Other nominees are Mary J. Blige, Kate Bush, Devo, Foo Fighters, The Go-Go's, Iron Maiden, Chaka Khan, Fela Kuti, LL Cool J, New York Dolls, Rage Against the Machine, Todd Rundgren and Dionne Warwick


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This map shows America's most popular Valentine's Day candies by state

Candy hearts are out, and chocolate is in! ??????


Most popular Valentine's Day candy by state map SOURCE: Zippia


With Valentine's Day just a few days away, people in love are putting the final pink-and-red touches on their plans for Feb. 14. They're preparing a romantic dinner menu, constructing a cheesy Valentine's Day craft, and, of course, stocking up on sweet treats. But, as with most things, Valentine's Day candy preferences vary from person-to-person, and even state-to-state. Job hunting website Zippia used Google Trends to determine the most popular Valentine's Day candy by state, and one sweet stood out above the rest: chocolate strawberries.


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Clematis by Night to kick off in West Palm Beach


The weekly concert series Clematis by Night in West Palm Beach is returning Thursday after being pushed back due to a rise in COVID-19 cases. It’s a part of the city’s ‘Revamp Fun in ‘21’ campaign, which also includes bringing back other events like Screen on the Green and Sunday on the Waterfront.


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Oscar-winner Christopher Plummer dead at 91

Christopher Plummer, the dashing award-winning actor who played Captain von Trapp in the film “The Sound of Music” and at 82 became the oldest Academy Award acting winner in history, has died. He was 91. Plummer died Friday morning at his home in Connecticut with his wife, Elaine Taylor, by his side, said Lou Pitt, his longtime friend and manager


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Mass vaccination site expected to open at South Florida Fairgrounds next week


County leaders say a mass vaccination site is expected to open at the South Florida Fairgrounds as soon as Wednesday. Palm Beach County District 5 Commissioner Maria Sachs says Health Care District of Palm Beach County leaders told the entire commission that the mass vaccination site is opening up at the fairgrounds as soon as next week.


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Chick-fil-A's heart-shaped trays of nuggets are back for Valentine's Day

While a fancy dinner with homemade pasta or a juicy steak is a wonderful way to celebrate Valentine’s Day, it’s just as satisfying (if not more!) to spend it — or rather, pregame it a few days in advance — with a heart-shaped tray of chicken nuggets from Chick-fil-A. Yes, the chain’s heart-shaped trays are back until V-Day! They come in both savory and sweet varieties and are a stress-free, romantic meal option. Now through Feb. 13, customers can enjoy four heart-shaped trays featuring Chick-fil-A’s menu favorites. The choices are: 30-count of Chick-fil-A Nuggets, 10-count of Chick-n-Minis, six-count of Chocolate Chunk Cookies, and 12 Chocolate Fudge Brownie halves. Each of the menu items are placed in a festive silver and red tray.


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Legendary talk show host Larry King dead at 87

Larry King is shown in this file photo. SOURCE: Flickr/Gage Skidmore


Larry King, the suspenders-sporting everyman whose broadcast interviews with world leaders, movie stars and ordinary Joes helped define American conversation for a half-century, died Saturday. He was 87. King died at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles, Ora Media, the studio and network he co-founded, tweeted. No cause of death was given, but CNN had earlier reported he was hospitalized with COVID-19.


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Godiva is shuttering its US stores but you can still get its chocolate

A person wearing a mask walks past a closed Le Pain Quotidien and Godiva cafe on June 24, 2020 in New York City as the city moved into Phase 2 of re-opening following restrictions imposed to curb the coronavirus pandemic. (Photo by Alexi Rosenfeld/Getty Images) SOURCE: Alexi Rosenfeld


The luxury chocolatier Godiva announced it is closing all of its 128 stores in North America.

The move comes less than two years after the company laid out plans to open 2,000 cafes around the world in six years.


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Baseball legend Hank Aaron dies at 86

ATLANTA, GA - APRIL 08: Hall of Famer Hank Aaron is honored on the 40th anniversary of his 715th homer prior to the game between the Atlanta Braves and the New York Mets at Turner Field on April 8, 2014 in Atlanta, Georgia. (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)  SOURCE: Kevin C. Cox


Hank Aaron, the one time MLB home run king and one of baseball's greatest players, has died, according to reports. He was 86. Aaron’s daughter confirmed her father’s death to Atlanta TV station WSB-TV.


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Here's how local residents 65 and older can register for the COVID-19 vaccine

The COVID-19 vaccination process is well underway in Florida. First in line: residents of long-term care facilities and health care workers. Next up? People 65 and older. County health departments are now releasing information on how they can register to receive the vaccine:


Palm Beach County:

Taking appointments by e-mail only,


Town of Palm Beach:

Residents of the Town of Palm Beach can register for vaccine by clicking here.

Residents can be added to the Town of Palm Beach vaccine waitlist by clicking here.


Martin County:

COVID-19 vaccine clinics are fully booked. Appointments will be offered as soon as possible. To check when appointments will be available, click here.


St. Lucie County:

Vaccine is now being offered to St. Lucie County residents 65 years of age and older by appointment only. The appointments are available Monday, January 11 through Wednesday, January 13 at the St. Lucie Fairgrounds. Those looking to get vaccinated must pre-register by clicking here. If you'd like to schedule an appointment by phone, you can call 772-446-8480.

The county urges residents to contact their medical providers, including hospitals and pharmacies, as those agencies are able to acquire vaccines directly from the manufacturers.

The county also urges residents to register with Alert St. Lucie to be notified when vaccines are available. Click here to sign up.


Indian River County:

Four vaccination clinics will be held in Indian River County starting Tuesday, January 12 through Friday, January 15, by appointment only, for individuals 65 years and older at the Indian River County Fairgrounds.

The online reservation system to receive the COVID-19 vaccine through Indian River County will open Monday, January 11 at 9:30 a.m. To schedule an appointment, click here. The schedule will not be active until registration opens.

A phone line will also be available on Monday, January 11 at 9:30 a.m for residents needing technical assistance with scheduling an appointment. Call 772-226-4000 for assistance in submitting an appointment reservation or for general information. The hotline will be open weekdays from 8:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

Individuals with scheduled appointments must bring a form of identification and must wear a mask. Those with appointments can save time by bringing a completed COVID-19 vaccine screening and consent form, which can be found here.

Walk-up appointments are not accepted at this time.

County officials recommend opting in to ALERT Indian River, Indian River County's alerting system by clicking here for updates and announcements for expansion of vaccination criteria and notifications for additional vaccination clinics and appointments. This is not an appointment system or waiting list for the COVID-19 vaccine.


Okeechobee County:

All of the Okeechobee County Health Departments' appointments for the week are booked. The county will advise when more appointments are available depending on vaccine arrival.


Cleveland Clinic Patients:

COVID-19 appointment scheduling is currently suspended.


State-Run Vaccination Sites:

Gov. Ron DeSantis announced this week that Hard Rock Stadium in Miami-Dade County will be a vaccination site.

A limited number of vaccine appointments for seniors 65 and older will be available starting Thursday, January 7 at 2 p.m. More information on registration can be found here.


Publix Stores:

All 67 Publix stores in Palm Beach County and 7 Publix stores in Martin County will begin offering vaccines to shoppers. Registration for appointments will begin Wednesday and shots will be administered starting Thursday. To register for a vaccine, click here.


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Reports: Brooklyn Nets to acquire James Harden

Houston Rockets guard James Harden (13) and coach Stephen Silas, right, react after a play during the second quarter against the Los Angeles Lakers in an NBA basketball game in January 2021 in Houston. (Troy Taormina/Pool Photo via AP) SOURCE: Troy Taormina


The Brooklyn Nets have agreed to acquire three-time scoring champion James Harden from the Houston Rockets, a person with knowledge of the situation told The Associated Press. The disgruntled superstar had remained quiet through months of speculation that he is unhappy with Houston.


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