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5 Things To Know On Monday, January 25, 2021

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Posted at 7:15 AM, Jan 25, 2021
and last updated 2021-01-25 07:15:11-05

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. Coast Guard searches for small plane after report of crash off Boynton Beach Inlet
The U.S. Coast Guard is searching for a small plane that apparently crashed in the ocean off the South Florida coast.

Petty Officer Jose Hernandez said the Piper PA-28 Cherokee was reported to have crashed about a mile off the Boynton Beach Inlet about 8 p.m. Sunday. Officials say the plane was flying from Palm Beach County Park Airport to Merritt Island Airport.

A Coast Guard helicopter, cutter and small boat were searching the water for the wreckage or any survivors.

Coast Guard searches for small plane after report of crash off Boynton Beach Inlet

2. "I think the trial is stupid:" Sen. Marco Rubio against impeachment
House Democrats, who will walk the impeachment charge of "incitement of insurrection" to the Senate on Monday evening, are hoping that strong Republican denunciations of Trump after the Jan. 6 riot will translate into a conviction and a separate vote to bar Trump from holding office again.

But GOP passions appear to have cooled since the insurrection, and now that Trump's presidency is over, Republican senators who will serve as jurors in the trial are rallying to his legal defense, as they did during his first impeachment trial last year.

"I think the trial is stupid," said Sen. Marco Rubio, R-Fla.. "I think it's counterproductive. We already have a flaming fire in this country and it's like taking a bunch of gasoline and pouring it on top of the fire. The first chance I get to vote to end this trial I'll do it."

Impeachment could begin next week

3. More COVID-19 vaccine appointments available today
The Florida Department of Health Indian River County will hold two COVID-19 vaccination clinics for people 65 and older. One on Wednesday, Jan. 27 and the other on Thursday, Jan. 28. Both will be held at the Indian River Fairgrounds.

Individuals 65 and older who wish to be vaccinated can click here to make an appointment.

Registration opens at 9:30 a.m. on Monday, Jan. 25.

Appointments for COVID-19 vaccine in Indian River County open Monday

4. Brady vs Mahomes: Super Bowl line-up set
The Kansas City Chiefs have defended their AFC title after dispatching the Buffalo Bills on Sunday by a 38-24 margin.

The Chiefs will take on the Tampa Bay Buccaneers on Feb. 7. Kansas City will attempt to be the first team to successfully defend a Super Bowl title in 16 years.

The Bucs (14-5) will become the first team in NFL history to host a Super Bowl.

Brady vs Mahomes: Super Bowl line-up set

5. How will sports go on during a pandemic? With the help of dogs:
The Miami Heat are bringing back some fans, with help from some dogs.

The Heat will use coronavirus-sniffing dogs at AmericanAirlines Arena to screen fans who are coming to their home games.

Starting this week, a limited number of ticket holders will be in the seats as well. They'll have to get past the dogs before gaining admittance. If the dog sits while a fan is walking by, that's a sign the dog detects the coronavirus and the fan will be denied entry.

AmericanAirlines Arena exterior March 2020
Spectators look to the front entrance of AmericanAirlines Arena after the Miami Heat and Chicago Bulls game was postponed amid coronavirus fears on Saturday, March 14, 2020, in Miami.

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On This Day In History
On January 25, 1961, President John F. Kennedy becomes the first U.S. president to hold a live televised news conference.

From a podium in the State Department auditorium, Kennedy read a prepared statement regarding the famine in the Congo, the release of two American aviators from Russian custody and impending negotiations for an atomic test ban treaty.

This is how President John F. Kennedy appeared during the first live televised presidential press conference in history, Jan. 25, 1961. Photo was made off a screen in New York as the president spoke in Washington. (AP Photo)

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