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5 Things To Know on Friday, December 31, 2021

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Posted at 7:18 AM, Dec 31, 2021
and last updated 2021-12-31 07:18:02-05

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. New Florida laws set to take effect Jan. 1, 2022
Jan. 1 brings a number of changes to the Sunshine State.

New Florida laws set to take effect Jan. 1

2. Facial coverings to be mandatory again in Palm Beach County owned, leased buildings
Facial coverings will soon be required once again inside Palm Beach County buildings that are owned and leased by the county.

Facial coverings to be mandatory again in Palm Beach County owned, leased buildings

3. West Palm Beach Police Department using ShotSpotter to detect celebratory gunfire
West Palm Beach Police Department Sgt. Joe Myers is going door to door with his team in West Palm Beach.

"Today we're out just educating the public within the city in reference to celebratory gunfire, the dangers of it," he said.

Sgt. Myers said knocking on doors and getting that face-to-face interaction really helps make a difference.

ShotSpotter used to detect celebratory gunfire

4. CDC says to avoid travel on cruise ships, regardless of vaccination status
On Thursday, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommend that travelers avoid cruise ships, regardless of vaccination status.

The CDC updated cruise ships' travel health notice levels from Level 3 to its highest level, Level 4.

Cruise ship
FILE - This Friday, Feb. 26, 2010 file photo shows the cruise ship Celebrity Mercury docked at the South Carolina State Ports Authority passenger terminal in downtown Charleston S.C., after passengers became sick with a stomach bug. According to figures released on Thursday, Jan. 14, 2016 by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, cruise ship passengers are getting sick with a stomach bug less often. Since 1990, the illness rate has fallen from about 29 to 22 per 100,000 passengers. (AP Photo/Mic Smith, File)

5. Tesla recalls certain Model 3s, Model Ss due to camera, front trunk issues
Electric car maker Tesla is recalling certain Model 3s and Model Ss due to camera and front trunk issues.

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A Tesla emblem is seen on the back end of a Model S in the Tesla showroom in Santa Monica, Calif., on Wednesday, Aug. 8, 2018. Board members at Tesla are evaluating CEO and Chairman Elon Musk's $72 billion proposal to take the electric car and solar panel maker private. Six of nine members said in a prepared statement Wednesday that Musk began talking with the board about the move last week. (AP Photo/Richard Vogel)

Today's Forecast
This afternoon, we'll be flirting with records as highs climb into the mid 80s. Mostly sunny and only a stray shower possible.

South Florida weather 12/31/21

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On This Day In History
Thomas Edison gave the first public demonstration of an electric incandescent lamp on December 31, 1879.

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