Latest West Palm Beach News

Official rips critics for attack on daughter with COVID-19

Sep. 18, 2020 9:46 AM EDT

WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. (AP) — A Florida county commissioner is firing back at an anti-mask critic who took to social media, claiming to show the official's hypocrisy for pushing coronavirus safety precautions on the public while letting her COVID-19 positive daughter defy them. After Palm Beach County...

President Donald Trump reacts to the crowd as he arrives to speak at a campaign rally at Smith Reynolds Airport, Tuesday, Sept. 8, 2020, in Winston-Salem, N.C. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)

Trump expands ban on new offshore drilling sites in Atlantic

Sep. 8, 2020 10:30 PM EDT

JUPITER, Fla. (AP) — President Donald Trump expanded a ban on new offshore drilling Tuesday, an election-year reversal likely to appeal to voters in Florida and other coastal states. Two years ago, Trump had taken steps to vastly expand offshore drilling from coast to coast. “This protects your...

Florida bomb suspect found dead in his jail cell

Aug. 17, 2020 3:40 PM EDT

WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. (AP) — A Florida man arrested after police discovered more than two dozen pipe bombs near his home was found dead in his jail cell with a torn sheet wrapped around his neck, authorities said Monday. The Palm Beach County Sheriff's Office said in a statement that Gregory Haasze was...

FILE - In this April 4, 2019, file photo Richard Branson, of Virgin Group, waves as he arrives on a Brightline train in West Palm Beach, Fla. The partnership between Richard Branson's Virgin and the private Florida passenger train service Brightline, which began with the British entrepreneur's trademark pizazz, has ended quietly with a whimper. Brightline announced in a monthly report that it has ended its affiliation with the Virgin Group and will stop its rebranding to Virgin Trains USA. (AP Photo/Lynne Sladky, File)

US passenger train company drops Virgin as partner

Aug. 11, 2020 9:54 AM EDT

FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. (AP) — The partnership between Richard Branson's Virgin Group and the private Florida passenger train service Brightline has ended with a whimper, less than two years after it was celebrated with Branson's typical pizzazz. Brightline announced in a monthly report that it has ended...

Elizabeth Whittemore (from left), along with her father James, sister Jordan and mother Susan, stand at the end of the South Jetty in Fort Pierce on Sunday, Aug. 2, 2020, watch the waves crash over the rocks brought by the high winds of Tropical Storm Isaias churning off the coast. (Patrick Dove/TCPalm.com via AP)

Isaias strengthens slightly as it crawls up Florida coast

Aug. 2, 2020 11:00 PM EDT

VERO BEACH, Fla. (AP) — Bands of heavy rain from Isaias lashed Florida's east coast Sunday, with the tropical storm strengthening slightly and forecast to be near hurricane strength by the time it reaches the Carolinas. Officials dealing with surging cases of the coronavirus in Florida kept a close watch...