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5 Things To Know for Monday, Oct. 11, 2021

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Posted at 7:12 AM, Oct 11, 2021
and last updated 2021-10-11 07:12:07-04

While you were sleeping, we compiled the biggest stories of the day in one place. Each story has a quick and easy summary, so you're prepared for whatever the day brings. Just click on the links if you want to know more!

1. What's open, closed on Columbus Day?
Columbus Day is Monday and that means some services and establishments won't be open.

What's open, what's closed on Columbus Day?

2. Thousands of Southwest flights canceled nationwide
Southwest Airlines canceled more than 1,000 flights, or 29% of its schedule, as of 7 p.m. Sunday. Cancellations continue at airports in South Florida on Monday morning.

Southwest Airlines cancels more than 1,000 Sunday flights

3. Semi smashes into pedestrian overpass at Palm Beach International Airport
One of the arrival lanes at PBIA had to be shut down Sunday night after a tractor-trailer crashed into an elevated pedestrian walkway.

Semi smashes into elevated crosswalk at PBIA

4. Merck asks FDA to authorize promising anti-COVID pill
Drugmaker Merck has asked U.S. regulators to authorize its promising antiviral pill against COVID-19, setting the stage for a decision within weeks.

Merck asks FDA to authorize anti-COVID pill

5. Free McDonald's breakfast for educators
McDonald's will serve free "Thank You Meals" to teachers and administrators during breakfast hours from Oct. 11 to Oct. 15.

Free McDonald's breakfast for educators this week

Today's Forecast
Highs this afternoon in the upper 80s, and some storms developing along the seabreeze and moving inland throughout the day.

South Florida Monday morning forecast (10/11/21)

Get your complete hour-by-hour forecast here.

First Alert Traffic
There are no major traffic delays to slow down your morning commute.

Mobile users click here.

On This Day In History
"Saturday Night Live" premieres on NBC for the first time on Oct. 11, 1975, with George Carlin as host.

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