Latest West Palm Beach News

Daughter recalls murdered mom was obsessed with hitchhiking

May. 15, 2022 03:11 AM EDT

WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. (AP) — Lena Teinila was an introvert who liked to write poetry and wanted to be a good mother, says her daughter. “I remember her telling me stories about when I was a baby in Finland. She wanted to have a good, happy home for us,” said Patricia O’Neal,...

Police: Man killed while fighting with officer at school

May. 13, 2022 16:35 PM EDT

A police officer shot and killed a man who crashed a van outside a South Florida school Friday and then ran into the school's auditorium, officials said. Students were on campus but not in the theater when the shooting occurred at the Dreyfoos School of the Arts in West Palm Beach,...

Hugo Chavez's ex-nurse-turned treasurer extradited to US

May. 13, 2022 13:56 PM EDT

WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. (AP) — A Venezuelan woman who rose from being the late President Hugo Chávez's nurse to the nation's treasurer has been extradited from Spain to the U.S. to face money-laundering charges. Federal prosecutors in South Florida are accusing Claudia Díaz, 48, of...

Pilot down, passenger takes over with 'no idea how to fly'

May. 11, 2022 22:06 PM EDT

WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. (AP) — A passenger with no flying experience radioed an urgent plea for help when the pilot of a small plane suddenly fell ill off Florida’s Atlantic coast, and was able to land the plane safely with the help of air traffic controllers. “I’ve got a...

Officials: Scooter rider dies when she hits Brightline train

May. 09, 2022 12:09 PM EDT

POMPANO BEACH, Fla. (AP) — A scooter driver died when she went around lowered crossing gates and struck a passing Brightline train, the latest in a long string of deaths involving the higher-speed passenger service, officials said Monday. The Broward Sheriff's Office said the...

Small businesses still struggle to find enough workers

May. 05, 2022 13:29 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — Some small businesses are still struggling to hire qualified workers, even as Americans return to the U.S. job market in droves. Hiring and retaining employees remains the top challenge for small businesses, according to a survey of 1,100 businesses by Goldman...

Editorial Roundup: Florida

May. 04, 2022 14:28 PM EDT

Palm Beach Post. April 27, 2022. Editorial: Florida’s shame and the war on Disney And so, our governor manufactures yet another controversy out of whole cloth, or in this case out of big ears and a tail. And again, the media dutifully cover it as an...

K-9 named Zorro captures Florida man after high-speed chase

May. 04, 2022 10:43 AM EDT

PORT ST. LUCIE, Fla. (AP) — A 20-year-old man drove a stolen Mercedes SUV as fast as 178 mph (286 kph) during a chase Monday night through six counties along Florida's Turnpike and Interstate 95, authorities said. Deputies deployed stop sticks to flatten the vehicle's tires and a...

Texas storm motivates FPL to prepare for extreme weather

Apr. 23, 2022 03:13 AM EDT

WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. (AP) — Among the most common natural disasters that threaten Florida, its people and its power grids are hurricanes, which are fueled by warm waters during a season that stretches across spring, summer and fall. But Florida isn’t immune to...

Judge rejects plea deal for 18-year-old in fatal crash

Apr. 19, 2022 08:01 AM EDT

WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. (AP) — A Florida judge has rejected a plea deal reached by prosecutors and an attorney for an 18-year-old man accused of killing four people in a traffic crash last year. Palm Beach Circuit Judge Howard Coates said Monday the 10-year prison sentence the...