Coronavirus Vaccine Updates: Miami Beach sets earlier curfew after spring break crowds, fights

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NEW YORK (WABC) -- An 8 p.m. curfew went into effect Saturday night in Miami Beach, but not before confrontations between police and hundreds of young people on spring break.

Police fired pepper balls into the crowds on South Beach after multiple attempts for them to leave.

City leaders say the restrictions are necessary to stop crime and violence that some spring breakers have brought to the entertainment district, along with fears of a spread of the coronavirus.

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Some NY nursing homes proved helpless in face of virus surge
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UK approaching 1 year since lockdown

The United Kingdom is approaching the one-year mark of its first coronavirus lockdown. The pandemic forced thousands of restaurants, pubs, and other non-essential businesses to close their doors. British pubs were hit hard -- they lost 11-billion dollars in sales. More than 2,000 pubs have closed for good. Shop owners say they will need long-term help to stay afloat.

TSA travelers update
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NYC high schools students set to return
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