Tuesday morning news – November 3, 2020

Voters head to polls across America » It is Election Day across America. Millions of voters are heading to the polls this morning. 

Nearly 100 million voters have already cast their ballots, shattering records for early voting. 

But to those who have not yet voted, the candidates made their final appeals on Monday. 

TRUMP: Tomorrow you have the power to do so much for our country. You have the power to vote. So go out and vote! 

President Trump stumping in Fayetteville, North Carolina while Democratic rival Joe Biden campaigned just north of Pittsburgh. 

BIDEN: It’s time to stand up! Take back this democracy, we can do this!

Biden will spend election night at his home in Delaware. 

And President Trump will watch election returns from the White House.  

But all the votes won’t be counted today. Some states will still be counting mail-in ballots as late as Friday. That means the presidential election and key congressional races may not be decided tonight. 

Officials locate 27 missing children during raids in Virginia » Law enforcement officers located more than two-dozen missing children during a five-day search. WORLD’s Kristen Flavin has that story. 

KRISTEN FLAVIN, REPORTER: Officials found 27 children during raids in Virginia. The U.S. Marshals Service led the search, dubbed “Operation Find Our Children.” More than 60 federal, state, and local investigators took part in the operation. They worked with the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children in the effort. 

U.S. Deputy Attorney General Jeffrey Rosen made the announcement in a news release. 

It was the latest in an ongoing nationwide effort to locate missing children. Officials have rescued more than 440 kids in Georgia, Ohio, Indiana, Louisiana, and other states.

Reporting for WORLD, I’m Kristen Flavin. 

Hurricane Eta set to slam Central America » Hurricane Eta is expected to make landfall in Nicaragua today as a major Category 4 storm. 

Forecasters are warning of life-threatening winds of 130 miles per hour or more, along with catastrophic flooding across Central America. Some areas could receive nearly 3 feet of rain. 

Over the last two days, Nicaragua’s navy has carried families in open boats, mostly women and children, from outer islands to the mainland.

The storm track remains uncertain, but right now, forecasters believe it will lose strength in the mountains of Nicaragua and Honduras and then trek north toward Belize as a tropical depression. 

Gunmen kill 22 in Kabul Univ. attack » In Afghanistan, terrorists attacked students and others at Kabul University Monday, killing at least 22 people and wounding dozens. WORLD’s Anna Johansen Brown has that story. 

ANNA JOHANSEN BROWN, REPORTER: Gunmen opened fire on students and teachers as they ran from the campus. Hand grenades exploded and the sound of automatic rifle fire echoed across the school grounds. 

The attackers struck during a book fair. Afghan special forces killed the three assailants after an hours-long gun battle.

ISIS has claimed responsibility for the attack.  

Senior Afghan and Iranian officials were attending the book fair, but officials did not report any casualties among the dignitaries. 

Another attack last month targeted a tutoring center in a majority Shiite neighborhood, killing at least two-dozen students and injuring more than 100 others.

Reporting for WORLD, I’m Anna Johansen Brown.

At least 2 dead, 15 wounded in Vienna attack » Meantime, in Austria… 

AUDIO: [Siren]

At least two people are dead, including one of the assailants after a terror attack in Vienna. 

Gunmen opened fire on people enjoying one last evening out before a coronavirus lockdown Monday.

Community Rabbi of Vienna, Schlomo Hofmeister, said after hearing gunshots, he looked out his window…

HOFMEISTER: I saw the attacker running into various bars and restaurants and people running away, and one or two attackers chasing them all over the street. 

The shooting took place outside the city’s main synagogue but it wasn’t clear whether the house of worship was a target. The synagogue was closed at the time.

Unverified footage posted on social media showed gunmen walking through the streets of Vienna, apparently shooting at people at random.

Vienna Mayor Michael Ludwig said 15 people were hospitalized, seven with serious injuries.

Police shot and killed one of the attackers.

(AP Photo/Charlie Neibergall, File) In this Oct. 20, 2020 file photo, Kelly Wingfield, of Urbandale, Iowa, fills out his ballot during early voting in the general election, in Adel, Iowa. 

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