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    First Lady Jill Biden declined the opportunity to get a little wild on Saturday afternoon when she was offered a shot of alcohol by the owner of a bar she was having lunch at.  The educator, 70, dodged a possible hangover the day before her husband, President Joe Biden, gets to work dealing with the concerning new COVID-19 Omicron variant.  The first lady had gone on an afternoon shopping spree throughout downtown Nantucket on Saturday, walking the cobblestone sidewalks with a five-car motorcade and a gaggle of grandkids in her wake. At one point they stopped inside a seafood restaurant called Slip 14 - where a local outlet reported Dr. Biden got 'behind the bar.' 'First Lady Jill Biden was living it up behind the bar Saturday afternoon at Slip 14 on Old South Wharf on Nantucket,' the Nantucket Current reported. When asked to partake in a shot she reportedly said, 'No, my grandkids are here!' But today it's back to business for the Bidens - the president and his family returned to Washington this afternoon, hours after a White House...
    President Joe Biden was spotted in a store without a face mask, despite the fact that the store required masks, Fox News reported. Biden, who has actively been encouraging Americans to wear masks, was seen maskless inside Murrays Toggery Shop in Nantucket, Massachusetts Saturday, Fox News reported. Biden had his mask around his neck rather than covering his mouth or nose. The store had a visible sign outside that read, “Required face covering,” the outlet reported. WATCH: Despite a large sign on the door stating “required face covering,” Biden shops maskless during his Nantucket vacation pic.twitter.com/zpmWcq7log — RNC Research (@RNCResearch) November 28, 2021 Biden left the store at around 4:45 pm with his mask down and drinking what appeared to be a milkshake, the outlet reported. Biden ignored questions from members of the media on what more needs to be done to stop the new Omicron variant. Biden went in and visited another store, the outlet reported. (RELATED: ‘Oh, My Mask’: Fully Vaccinated Biden Searches For Mask Before Giving Up At Outdoor Bill Signing Event) Nantucket had recently re-imposed...
    President Joe Biden, like many Americans, got some of his Christmas shopping out of the way on Friday, picking up Pokeman cards for the grandkids and some kids books for Baby Beau. Biden spent more than an hour wandering around the cobblestone sidewalks of downtown Nantucket, popping into stores and stopping to talk with the locals. 'He was really nice. We had a conversation,' said one of the staff of Craftmasters of Nantucket, where Biden bought a leather passport holder to give as a Christmas gift. The store sells leather goods. 'He's a very fine gentleman.' At the Sunken Ship, Biden bought Pokeman cards for his grandkids, paying with $100 bill for the $19.99 pack, according to employees inside. At Nantucket Bookworks, where the Biden family has shopped for over 35 years, the first couple purchased some hard cover children's books for Baby Beau, the son of Hunter Biden who is named after President Biden's late son Beau. Baby Beau is almost two years old.  And Jill Biden bought several of the Christmas oranaments for sale, a tradition for the...
    President BidenJoe BidenUS lawmakers arrive in Taiwan to meet with local officials Biden meets with Coast Guard on Thanksgiving Five reasons for Biden, GOP to be thankful this season MORE on Friday spent about an hour strolling around downtown Nantucket, where his family spent Thanksgiving, before attending a tree lighting ceremony.  Joined by some of his grandchildren, Biden posed for photos and appeared to make some purchases at shops, The Associated Press reported. Passersby shouted “Hey, Joe” and “We love you, Joe,” according to the AP.  He also went to lunch with first lady Jill BidenJill BidenBiden meets with Coast Guard on Thanksgiving Biden calls in to Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade: 'America's back' Overnight Defense & National Security — Biden officials consider more Ukraine aid MORE as well as his children, Hunter and Ashley, and grandchildren. Following his walk, the family attended Nantucket’s annual Christmas tree lighting ceremony, the wire service added. Earlier in the day, Biden discussed the new COVID-19 variant and travel restrictions he imposed on people coming from South Africa.  "As a precautionary measure until we have more...
    NANTUCKET, Mass. (AP) — President Joe Biden appeared on the loose Friday in Nantucket. Biden spent more than an hour walking around downtown Nantucket’s cobblestone streets, popping unannounced into quaint mom-and-pop shops, appearing to make purchases and posing for photos with surprised business owners. He was accompanied by some of his grandchildren. Biden and his entire family are spending the Thanksgiving holiday on the Massachusetts island, renting a sprawling compound that belongs to his friend and billionaire philanthropist David Rubenstein. “Hey, Joe,” “We love you, Joe,” some people shouted as Biden passed by. One man was heard telling the 79-year-old president that he looked younger in person. It’s those kinds of interactions with everyday people that Biden, a back-slapping politician for nearly five decades, absolutely relishes but hasn’t done as much because of COVID-19. Biden set off on the walk after speaking to reporters about a new COVID-19 variant that is circulating in South Africa, and about his decision Friday to have the U.S. join other countries in restricting travel from southern Africa, effective Monday. The president opened...
    President Joe Biden remains silent about the possibility of banning flights from Africa as a new variant of the coronavirus has emerged. The president remains on his extended Thanksgiving vacation on Nantucket island at a $30 million compound with his extended family, having no events on his public schedule. The new variant from Africa is officially called B.1.1.529 and has no settled name to identify it. The World Health Organization (W.H.O.) cautioned against travel bans until more information about the variant was available, but some countries have already acted quickly to prevent the spread of the virus. Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, Director General of the World Health Organization (WHO), addresses a press conference about the update on COVID-19 at the World Health Organization headquarters in Geneva, Switzerland, Monday, Feb. 24, 2020 (Salvatore Di Nolfi/Keystone via AP). The United Kingdom announced a decision Friday to ban travel from some African countries. Biden’s coronavirus adviser, Dr. Anthony Fauci, told CNN on Friday that the United States had not made a decision about a possible travel ban but that he wanted to wait until there was...
    JOE Biden's "America is back" comment during one of the most expensive Thanksgiving holidays on record was slammed on social media. Biden made a surprise appearance via a phone call from his $30 million Nantucket compound to Al Roker during New York City's iconic Macy's Thanksgiving Parade on Thursday. 4President Joe Biden and First Lady Dr Jill Biden tell Al Roker, 'America is back,' during NYC's iconic Macy's Thanksgiving paradeCredit: White House Handout 4The president's comments were seen as tone deaf by some on social media as he lands in Nantucket while Americans spent on average 14 percent more on Thanksgiving meals over last yearCredit: AFP - Getty Roker asked the president what his message is to the American people. Biden responded: "My message is after two years, you’re back, America’s back, there's nothing we’re unable to overcome, Al. And you’re one of the reasons for that. You’re always up and moving." Meanwhile, a classic Thanksgiving meal feast for 10 jumped $46.90 to $53.31 since last year, a 14 percent increase, according to the American Farm Bureau Federation's...
    President Joe Biden and First Lady Dr. Jill Biden made a couple of surprise appearances on Thanksgiving, as the first couple visited a Coast Guard station and called in to Al Roker at the Macy’s parade. As America’s weatherman covered the parade in New York City, he got a surprise phone call. “Hold on, my phone is ringing oh, my gosh. Look who’s calling! Hello Mr. President!” Roker exclaimed after showing viewers his phone. “Hello, Al how are you doing, pal?” the president said, as Mrs. Biden chimed in “Happy Thanksgiving!” “Dr. Biden and Mr. President, thank you so much!” Roker exclaimed. There would be a lot of exclaiming. Roker went on to ask Biden “What’s your message to the American folks on this Thanksgiving day?” “My message is, after two years, you’re back, America is back there’s nothing we’re unable to overcome. Al, you’re one of the reasons for that, pal. You’re always up, always rooting,” Biden said. “We appreciate it, Mr. President. Thank you so much. I hope you’ll continue to watch the parade, Santa is coming. Santa...
    President Joe Biden paid tribute to immigrant farm workers, grocery store employees, and frontline medical staff in his Thanksgiving proclamation on Wednesday, while telling families missing a loved one that they are not alone.   The message came during Biden's stay at billionaire David Rubenstein's private compound on Nantucket, where Joe and Jill Biden are spending the holiday with the Bidens' children Hunter and Ashley, Hunter's wife Melissa and a gaggle of grandkids: Naomi, Finnegan, Maisy, Natalie, Hunter, and Beau Biden; and, Peter Neal, Naomi's fiancé.  'We are grateful for the farm workers and frontline workers, many of whom are immigrants, who make sure our food is harvested and shipped, keep our grocery stores stocked, and keep our cities and towns clean and safe,' Biden said. 'We are grateful for the health care professionals working to vaccinate our Nation, the nurses who comfort and help people, and the doctors who provide care and compassion,' he noted. And, he added, 'as we celebrate, we will also be thinking of the many families feeling the pain of an empty chair at the Thanksgiving table....
    President Joe Biden on Tuesday said he was thankful for the 'people who I'm standing next to' as he prepared Thanksgiving meals alongside Jill Biden, Kamala Harris, Doug Emhoff and staff at the DC Central Kitchen.  'The people who I'm standing next to is who I'm thankful for. They got up. They got knocked down and got back up,' Biden said, putting his arm around one of the staff next to him. DC Central Kitchen trains jobless adults in the culinary arts along with providing meals for those in need.  The Bidens were participating in the service project before departing for Nantucket, where they will spend the Thanksgiving holiday. Second gentleman Doug Emhoff, first lady Jill Biden, Vice President Kamala Harris and President Joe Biden formed an assembly line to put together Thanksgiving meals during a service project at DC Central Kitchen President Joe Biden said he was thankful for the 'people who I'm standing next to' as he prepared Thanksgiving meals Jill Biden called for Vice President Harris to hurry up and get to the string beans The Bidens participated...
    President Joe Biden left the White House Tuesday evening for his long Thanksgiving vacation in Nantucket, with no plans to visit the victims of the horrific killing of families at the Waukesha Christmas Parade earlier this week. Six people were killed at the annual parade on Sunday after the driver of an SUV intentionally drove into a crowd of people watching the parade. Five adults were killed and authorities announced Tuesday that an eight-year-old boy died from his injuries. At least 60 others were injured. Police arrested Darrell E. Brooks Jr., 39, for the attack. The White House did not announce any plans for the president to visit the grieving Waukesha community. “You saw the President speak to, you know his heart, all of our hearts go out to the community, the families who have suffered a tremendous tragedy… But I don’t have any trips or anything to preview for you at this point,” White House press secretary Jen Psaki said during the daily briefing on Tuesday. Instead, Biden left early to celebrate Thanksgiving with his family in Nantucket on a...
    President Joe Biden and first lady Jill Biden will kick off Thanksgiving week with a visit to Fort Bragg in North Carolina on Monday. The first couple will participate in a Thanksgiving meal with service members and military families as part of the Joining Forces initiative, which is one of Jill Biden's signature issues, the White House announced.  It's traditional for presidents to incorporate some event with the military on Thanksgiving.  President Donald Trump did calls with service members stationed overseas and made an unannounced visit to troops serving in Afghanistan in 2019.  Barack Obama also incorporated service members into his holiday plans. In 2016, he and his family helped serve a Thanksgiving meal to residents of a retirement home for military veterans in Washington, D.C. President Joe Biden and first lady Jill Biden will kick off Thanksgiving week with a visit to Fort Bragg in North Carolina on Monday The Bidens will spend Thanksgiving on Nantucket, where they have gone for decades; above Vice President-elect Joe Biden, Jill Biden and his family and friends walk down Old Colony Street in...
    NANTUCKET (CBS) — Travelers leaving from Hyannis to Nantucket are packing more than just umbrellas. They’re bringing extra face coverings after the island’s Board of Health voted to require masks indoors again. “It’s a little bit hard to follow all the different rules, but we carry [masks] with us always,” said Allison Maganzini, who is visiting Nantucket. The move comes after the island’s positivity rate inches towards 8 percent, with many of those cases linked to the contagious Delta variant. “It’s a little unsettling that it’s coming back. So we wonder what that’ll mean for us moving forward, but we’ll do what we have to do to have a good time,” said Maganzini. The numbers are alarming for Nantucket health officials, who say this is one of the busiest, most crowded summers in recent years. “There’s a possibility that the spike will continue to go up. We’re hoping that with the mask orders, which was effective immediately, we can arrest that and it can plateau and can start coming back down,” said Roberto Santamaria of the Nantucket Department of Health....
    NANTUCKET (CBS) — Nantucket Police are asking the public to help them identify a person who allegedly broke into a coffee shop on Broad Street. The suspect is caught on the shop’s surveillance camera early Tuesday morning. Police described the suspect as a middle-aged white man, possibly in his 50s, with shorter white hair and a stocky build. He was between 5’8″ and 5’10” and wearing a darker t-shirt, dark pants, dark shoes, and a gray hat with a white emblem on it. According to police, the man can be seen walking down Easy Street toward Broad Street at about 12:45 a.m. He stayed in the area and broke into the business multiple times before leaving for good around 3 a.m. Anyone with information is asked to call Det. Witherell at 508-228-1212 ext. 5618 or email Dwitherell@police.Nantucket-ma.gov.
    STEAMSHIP Authority Nantucket has been targeted in a ransomware attack. The company confirmed that passengers could see a delay when traveling in Massachusetts on Wednesday. 1The Steamship Authority ferry arrives on August 2, 2010 in Vineyard Haven, MA. US President Barack Obama plans to vacation on Martha's Vineyard during the month of August. AFP PHOTO/DON EMMERT (Photo credit should read DON EMMERT/AFP/Getty Images)Credit: AFP - Getty In a statement, the company said: "The Woods Hole, Martha’s Vineyard and Nantucket Steamship Authority has been the target of a ransomware attack that is affecting operations as of Wednesday morning. "As a result, customers traveling with us today may experience delays." The United States has experienced a soar in cyber attacks during recent weeks. Just one day before the ferry company was targeted, the world’s largest meat processing company, JBS, experienced a ransomware attack. The hack disrupted production around the world just weeks after a similar incident shut down a US oil pipeline. Brazil’s JBS SA, however, said late Tuesday that it had made “significant progress” in dealing with the cyberattack and expects the...
    NANTUCKET (CBS) — Nantucket Cottage Hospital is reporting a “significant spike” in coronavirus cases on the island. As a result, the island town is temporarily switching to remote learning. The hospital on Tuesday reported 46 new coronavirus cases among patients who went to the hospital’s drive-thru testing site on Monday and Tuesday. “This is by far the largest number of new cases we have reported over a two-day span,” the hospital said in a statement. The positivity rate on the island stands at 7.6%. Residents are urged to wear masks, practice social distancing and avoid large gatherings. “This represents a significant spike in transmission of the virus on Nantucket, and we must take this situation extremely seriously,” the hospital said. Due to the high number of COVID positive cases reported on Nantucket today, Nantucket Public Schools will be shifting to remote learning for the remainder of the week.This means that students in Cohorts A and C will be accessing learning from home tomorrow, 12/3 & Friday, 12/4. — Town of Nantucket (@TownofNantucket) December 2, 2020 Schools will be remote...
    NANTUCKET (CBS) – Investigators are focusing on a propane leak as the cause of a house explosion on Nantucket Thursday. At least 18 homes were damaged by the fire and explosion at 11 Woodbury Lane. One person was injured in the explosion and is in stable condition at a Boston hospital. Investigators are still working to determine the source of the leak. Because of the extent of the damage, the exact ignition source may not be known. Nantucket Fire Chief Stephen A. Murphy said there should be no concern that there is a widespread issue with propane systems on the island. Damages from the explosion are estimated at $15 million.
    A house on Massachusetts' Nantucket island was leveled from an explosion Thursday, the second inside a home in the area over the past week.  One person inside the home was injured in the blast and at least two other homes were damaged. The extent of the person's injuries was not disclosed.  The explosion occurred around noon when a loud boom was heard throughout the area. Flames engulfed the home shortly after.  The whole neighborhood was evacuated, The Inquirer and Mirror reported. Firefighters contained the blaze just after 2 p.m. The cause of the explosion has not been determined.  The incident comes after another explosion and fire tore through a nearby home last week. The four people inside managed to escape, but two suffered burns.  CLICK HERE FOR THE FOX NEWS APP It was unclear if the explosions are connected. Calls to the Nantucket Police Department were not returned. 
    NANTUCKET (CBS) – Nantucket is dealing with a coronavirus spike with 14 new confirmed cases in the last two days. That’s significant because it’s the same number of cases the island saw in total in the first three months of the pandemic. The health department is trying to find out if the cases are connected or not. The cases were discovered at the Nantucket Cottage Hospital drive-through testing site. “We urge all those individuals who receive a phone call from a contact tracer to answer the call and cooperate fully with the case investigation. This is among the most important tools we have to contain the spread of the virus,” the hospital and town said in a joint statement.
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