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1. Return of the lockdowns? Town of Palm Beach issues curfew due to rising of COVID-19
With data the highest in several months, Florida's coronavirus deaths rose by 129, the most since 141 on Oct. 15, and cases were again above 10,000 at 11,335, the biggest change for day of infections since July 25, the Florida Department of Health announced Thursday afternoon.
The Town of Palm Beach has issued a curfew due to the rising COVID-19 positivity rates and in accordance with the Town's current State of Emergency.
The curfew will be in place Monday, Dec. 14, from 1 a.m. to 5 a.m. and will remain in effect until modified or rescinded.
2. Is vaccine on the way? Here's where we're at:
The Food and Drug Administration’s Vaccines and Related Biological Products Advisory Committee has endorsed Pfizer’s coronavirus vaccine, in a major step toward an epic vaccination campaign that could finally conquer the outbreak.
The group, in a 17-4 vote with one abstention, concluded that the shot appears safe and effective against the coronavirus in people 16 and older.
The Food and Drug Administration is expected to follow the recommendation issued Thursday by its expert advisers. A final FDA decision is expected within days.
3. Supreme Court: Port St. Lucie veteran gets justice, but national case gets passed over
A Port St. Lucie veteran who was raped by her instructor Master Sgt. Richard Collins while serving in the military unanimously won her U.S. Supreme Court case on Thursday.
Collins was sentenced to more than 16 years in prison, but only served two years after appealing his sentence and winning due to the the statue of limitations. However, on Thursday, the U.S Supreme Court sided with Allen in an 8-0 vote, determining that there is not a five-year statute of limitations for rape charges and convictions in the military.
In a case that grabbed national attention, Brandon Bernard was executed after Supreme Court denied a request for a delay. Bernard, whose crime was committed at age 18, is also the youngest person in the U.S. to receive a death sentence in nearly 70 years.
4. More footage released from raid on former state health employee
Newly released body camera video shows the moments that Florida Department of Law Enforcement agents raided the Tallahassee home of former state health employee Rebekah Jones.
Jones made headlines earlier this year after she claimed the Florida Department of Health pressured her into censoring the state's COVID-19 data to align with Gov. Ron DeSantis' narrative.
The video was released Thursday by the FDLE as a rebuttal to a short video clip that Jones shared on Twitter hours after authorities executed a search warrant at her home.
5. And the winner is... Joe Biden
On Thursday, Time announced President-elect Joe Biden and Vice President-elect Kamala Harris its pick for its famed "Person of the Year" profile.
Time has selected a "Person of the Year" each year since 1927. According to the magazine, the "Person of the Year" is "usually an individual but sometimes multiple people who greatly impacted the country and world during the calendar year."
In election years dating back to 1992, the winner of the presidential election has been selected as Time's "Person of the Year." Every president dating back to President Franklin Roosevelt has been named "Person of the Year" at some point in their administration.
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On This Day In History
On December 11, 1936, Edward VIII becomes the first English monarch to voluntarily abdicate the throne after ruling for less than one year. He chose to abdicate after the British government, public, and the Church of England condemned his decision to marry the American divorcée Wallis Warfield Simpson.
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