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Voters wait in line at John F. Kennedy Public Library in Hialeah, Florida on Oct. 19. Photo: Eva Marie Uzcategui/AFP via Getty Images

More Floridians cast early ballots for the 2020 election on Monday than in the first day of in-person early voting in 2016, shattering the previous record by over 50,000 votes, Politico reports.

The big picture: Voters have already cast over 31 million ballots in early voting states as of Tuesday, per the U.S. Elections Project database by Michael McDonald, an elections expert at the University of Florida.

What they're saying: Jose Sanchez, a 54 year-old resident of Fort Lauderdale, arrived before 5 a.m. to vote in Wilton Manors on Monday and stood in line for two hours until the station doors opened, the Sun Sentinel reports.

  • “I want to make sure I get my vote in," he told the Sentinel, adding that the two-hour wait was “absolutely well worth it.”
  • “It was raining like the devil in Broward and we still had our enthusiastic voters show up. Good for them,” Broward Supervisor of Elections Peter Antonacci told the Sentinel. “I didn’t expect people being in line at 7 o’clock in the rain. It was a happening."
Voters wait in line at the Westchester Regional Library polling station on Oct. 19 in Westchester, Florida. Photo: Joe Raedle/Getty Images
Electoral workers scan vote-by-mail ballots at the Miami-Dade County Election Department on Oct. 19. Photo: Eva Marie Uzcategui/AFP via Getty Images
A voter drops off a ballot at Miami Beach City Hall on Oct. 19. Photo: Eva Marie Uzcategui/AFP via Getty Images
Voters wait in line at Miami Beach City Hall on Oct. 19. Photo: Eva Marie Uzcategui/AFP via Getty Images
Voters wait in line at the Lemon City Branch Library precinct on Oct. 19 in Miami, Florida. Photo: Joe Raedle/Getty Images
Voters wait in line at the Coral Gables Branch Library precinct on Oct. 19. Photo: Joe Raedle/Getty Images
Voters wait in line at the Coral Gables Branch Library precinct on Oct. 19. Photo: Joe Raedle/Getty Images
Voters wait in line at the Coral Gables Branch Library precinct on Oct. 19. Photo: Joe Raedle/Getty Images

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Nov 15, 2020 - World

In photos: Egypt uncovers 100 ancient coffins buried 2,500 years ago

Newly rediscovered ancient sarcophagi are displayed in Saqqara, Egypt. Photo: Fadel Dawood/Picture Alliance via Getty Images

Archaeologists in Egypt unveiled Saturday some 40 gilded statues and at least 100 ancient coffins dating back over 2,500 years — and some contain mummies.

The big picture: The find in a vast pharaonic necropolis at Saqqara, south of Cairo, follows 59 intact sarcophagi uncovered at the site in September and October. Tourism and Antiquities Minister Khaled El-Anany told a briefing, "Saqqara has yet to reveal all of its contents," per Al Jazeera. "Excavations are still under way."

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U.S. exceeds 100,000 COVID-related hospitalizations for the first time

People wait outside the Emergency room of the Garfield Medical Center in Monterey Park, California on Dec 1. Photo: Frederic J. Brown/Getty Images

More than 100,200 Americans were hospitalized as of Wednesday due to the coronavirus for the first time since the outbreak began in early 2020, per the COVID Tracking Project.

The big picture: The milestone comes as health officials anticipated cases to surge due to holiday travel and gatherings. The impact of the holiday remains notable, as many states across the country are only reporting partial data.

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The "war on nature"

A resident stands on his roof as the Blue Ridge Fire burned back in October in Chino Hills, Calif. Photo: Jae C. Hong/AP

Apocalyptic weather is the new normal because humans are "waging war on nature," the UN declared on Wednesday.

What they're saying: "The state of the planet is broken," said UN Secretary-General António Guterres, reports AP. “This is suicidal.”