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OPEC Scrambles to React to Falling Oil Demand From China

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Officials of some of the world’s largest oil producers are scrambling to stem a sharp fall in prices over concerns that the growing coronavirus epidemic will hit demand from China, the biggest importer.

Over the weekend, officials from the Organization of the Petroleum Exporting Countries, as well as Russia, agreed to meet on Tuesday and Wednesday in Vienna, where OPEC has its headquarters, to discuss the situation in the oil markets, according to two people briefed on the plans.

The big producers are also discussing whether to schedule an emergency ministerial-level meeting later this month, moving up a gathering planned for early March. On the agenda would be production cuts of up to one million barrels a day, or about 1 percent of world supplies, according to a person familiar with the matter.

“They are absolutely trying to put a floor under prices,” said Amrita Sen, chief oil analyst at Energy Aspects, a market research firm.

The price of Brent crude, the international benchmark, has fallen about 15 percent over the last month to just over $56 a barrel. The plunge has undercut the impact of the carefully orchestrated production cuts that OPEC announced at its December meeting in Vienna.

Whether OPEC will succeed in stemming the price falls soon seems doubtful. Ms. Sen said that China was already reducing its orders for March from Saudi Arabia, the de facto leader of OPEC and the world’s largest oil exporter. It is too late to cut February orders.

China is Saudi Arabia’s most important customer and, along with other Asian countries like India and South Korea, is increasingly vital for the big oil producers around the Persian Gulf. Any slowing of these economies will sap demand for oil, hitting prices and the revenues that OPEC governments depend on.

While OPEC is likely to make some cuts, Ms. Sen said, that may not be enough to bolster skittish markets.

“People are fearing the worst,” she said.

This is a developing story. Please check back for updates.

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Airlines now asking US-bound travelers about China visits amid coronavirus outbreak; some to be quarantined

Following orders from the Department of Homeland Security (DHS,) airline officials are now asking all U.S.-bound passengers if they have recently visited mainland China amid the ongoing coronavirus outbreak.

The new directive coincides with President Donald Trump’s comments that American authorities had “pretty much shut it down,” regarding the potential spread of the viral disease, in an interview with Fox News’ Sean Hannity.

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On Sunday, the DHS issued a restricted travel edict to protect Americans from exposure to the deadly virus, ordering airline authorities to ask all travelers on international flights bound for the U.S. if they have recently been in mainland China, Reuters reports. Now, airline representatives are expected to “scrutinize” people’s passports amid concerns related to the ongoing outbreak.

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Travelers wear face masks as a screen shows a video about the proper way to wear a mask at the Beijing Railway Station in Beijing, Friday, Jan. 31. (AP Photo/Mark Schiefelbein)

In addition, U.S. citizens who have visited the Hubei province, home of the city of Wuhan, which is at the center of the outbreak, within 14 days of their return to America, will be subjected to a mandatory quarantine of up to 14 days, the DHS said.

Citizens who have traveled through other areas of mainland China within 14 days of their return stateside will also receive proactive entry health screenings and up to 14 days of self-quarantine, as their health is monitored. This is to ensure they do not have the virus and do not pose a risk to the public health.

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Travelers wearing face masks line up to check in for an American Airlines flight to Los Angeles at Beijing Capital International Airport in Beijing on Jan. 30. (AP Photo/Mark Schiefelbein)

Meanwhile, foreign nationals (other than immediate family members, American citizens, permanent residents, and flight crew) who have been in China within 14 days of their arrival to the U.S. will be denied entry into the country, the DHS said.

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As of Monday morning, 17,205 people have been infected with the virus, which has claimed the lives of 361 others.

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In this Wednesday, Jan. 29 photo, traveler Bill Chen stands outside of customs at San Francisco International Airport after arriving on a flight from Shanghai, where he was conducting business and visiting family over the Lunar New Year holiday. (AP Photo/Terry Chea)

To date, just 11 American airports are authorized to accept incoming flights from China amid the viral outbreak. Aircraft arriving from China are being directed to the following air hubs: Newark Liberty International Airport (EWR) in New Jersey, Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport (DFW) in Texas, Detroit Metropolitan Airport (DTW) in Michigan, John F. Kennedy International Airport (JFK) in New York; Chicago O’Hare International Airport (ORD) in Illinois; San Francisco International Airport (SFO) in California; Seattle-Tacoma International Airport (SEA) in Washington; Daniel K. Inouye International Airport (HNL) in Hawaii; Los Angeles International Airport in California; Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport (ATL) in Georgia; and Washington-Dulles International Airport (IAD) in Virginia.

At the 11 airports receiving flights from China, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) is working with the DHS, Transportation Security Administration (TSA) and individual airlines to identify potentially infected persons.

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Flight crew members wearing face masks walk through the international arrivals area at Beijing Capital International Airport on Jan. 30. (AP Photo/Mark Schiefelbein)

“While the overall risk to the American public remains low, funneling all flights with passengers who have recently been in China is the most important and prudent step we can take at this time to decrease the strain on public health officials screening incoming travelers. These steps will also expedite the processing of U.S. citizens returning from China, and ensure resources are focused on the health and safety of the American people,” DHS Acting Secretary Chad F. Wolf said of the news.

“We realize this could provide added stress and prolong travel times for some individuals, however public health and security experts agree these measures are necessary to contain the virus and protect the American people,” Wolf continued. “To minimize disruptions, CBP [Customs and Border Protection] and air carriers are working to identify qualifying passengers before their scheduled flights. Once back in the U.S., it’s imperative that individuals honor self-quarantine directives to help protect the American public.”

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As of Monday morning, there were 11 confirmed cases of the coronavirus in the U.S. Six cases have been reported in California, one in Arizona, one in Washington, one in Massachusetts and two in Illinois. No deaths have been reported in the U.S. and 99 percent of cases still remain in China.

Major American carriers, including United Airlines, Delta Airlines and American Airlines, have suspended all service to mainland China amid the ongoing outbreak.

Officials at the CDC have advised travelers to avoid all nonessential travel to China. The U.S. State Department raised its China travel advisory to “Level 4: Do Not Travel.”

In an exclusive interview with Hannity during the Super Bowl LIV pregame show on Sunday, President Trump voiced confidence in his administration’s swift response in addressing the threat of the coronavirus.

“We pretty much shut it down coming in from China,” Trump told the “Hannity” host. “But we can’t have thousands of people coming in who may have this problem, the coronavirus. We’re going to see what happens, but we did shut it down, yes.”

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Trump added that his administration continues to extend “tremendous help” to China in efforts to contain the virus.

Fox News’ David Aaro, Michael Bartiromo and Gregg Re contributed to this report.

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Speaker Nancy Pelosi hints House could take further action against Trump if Senate acquits

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Iowa Could Have Multiple Candidates Declare Victory. Let Us Show You How.

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Could Joe Biden, Bernie Sanders, Pete Buttigieg and, below, Elizabeth Warren  each claim victory tonight in Iowa?Credit…From left: Mike Segar/Reuters; David J. Phillip/Associated Press; Scott Olson/Getty Images

The Iowa caucuses could be messy. On Monday night, for the first time, there will be four sets of results, and there is no guarantee that the same candidate will win them all.

Four different candidates could even declare victory, with the right combination of votes, turnout, geography and luck.

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We’ve decided to show how something like that perfect storm could happen. This scenario is made up, but it’s entirely plausible and grounded in the data collected in the most recent New York Times/Siena College survey. Although it’s not likely, this hypothetical is still illustrative.

The first measure of the Iowa result is the “first alignment” or “first preference,” as it reflects the initial preference of caucusgoers when they arrive at their precinct. The preference for Iowa voters at this stage has never been publicly available before this year.

This is the result that ought to be closest to the pre-election polls. Let’s suppose that the first preference happens to come close to the results of recent polls, with Bernie Sanders in the lead, as in the chart below:

A hypothetical first alignment vote

Cand. First alignment Final alignment State del. Pledged del.
Sanders 22.7%
Buttigieg 21.9%
Biden 21%
Warren 15.7%
Klobuchar 8.7%

The second measure is called the “second alignment” or “final alignment,” and it reflects the preference of caucusgoers after the supporters of nonviable candidates have an opportunity to realign with candidates who remain viable in their precinct. Usually, a candidate needs 15 percent in a precinct to be viable.

It’s easy to imagine how the results at second alignment could be quite different from the first.

The candidate who led on first alignment could fall behind under a few conditions. That candidate’s support could be geographically narrower, leading the candidate to fall beneath viability in more precincts than the nearest rival. The candidate might also fare worse among the former supporters of nonviable candidates, allowing another candidate to leap ahead.

To simulate second alignment for our perfect storm, we’ve estimated the first preference and second choice of every registered voter in Iowa using the most recent Times/Siena poll. This is not a prediction and, indeed, we made a couple of tweaks to bring about a perfect storm. But all of this is plausible, and very close to our actual data.

On second alignment, let’s imagine the statewide vote flips: Now Joe Biden leads.

A hypothetical final alignment vote

Cand. First alignment Final alignment State del. Pledged del.
Biden 21% 28.5%
Sanders 22.7% 28.1%
Buttigieg 21.9% 27%
Warren 15.7% 11.9%
Klobuchar 8.7% 3.7%

Mr. Biden advances on second preference in our hypothetical for two reasons. First, his support is geographically broad. He clears viability in 90 percent of precincts, allowing him to keep an overwhelming share of his support from first alignment. Mr. Sanders has somewhat narrower geographic support, and clears viability in 80 percent of precincts. He falls short in many vote-heavy suburban areas.

Mr. Biden also benefits from the geographic distribution of the support of second-tier candidates. In the hypothetical, Amy Klobuchar falls short of viability nearly everywhere, and her support breaks to Mr. Biden.

Elizabeth Warren, on the other hand, remains viable in precincts containing around half of the vote, denying Mr. Sanders his most obvious source of upside. Where viable, she does well on second alignment — keeping her vote share intact over all.

Worse still for Mr. Sanders, she remains viable in the more liberal areas where her backers are likeliest to prefer him as their second choice, like on college campuses. She falls short of viability in older, less educated and more conservative areas where her voters don’t overwhelmingly back Mr. Sanders on second choice.

Third, each precinct caucus selects delegates to county conventions, based on the results at final alignment. The results are translated into estimates of how many delegates each candidate will earn at the state convention, what’s known as “state delegate equivalents.”

The candidate with the most state delegate equivalents is traditionally the winner of the Iowa caucuses, and in 2020 The New York Times, along with most news media organizations, will again characterize the candidate with the most state delegate equivalents as the winner (though we will be reporting the results for all four measures described here).

It’s harder for there to be a big gap between the result of second alignment and the state delegate equivalency results. But not impossible.

The main way it could happen is because of turnout. The number of state delegate equivalents per precinct is set in advance, based on the average number of Democratic voters in 2016 and 2018 general elections. If a precinct has a particularly high turnout compared with recent elections, it doesn’t get more state delegate equivalents; likewise, a low turnout will not result in fewer state delegate equivalents.

So if candidates do well in relatively low-turnout precincts, they’ll get more state delegate equivalents than their vote share. And conversely, a Democrat who fares well in higher-turnout areas would tend to do worse in the state delegate equivalency vote.

The Times/Siena poll projects a caucus vote far younger, better educated and more urban than the typical Democratic vote for statewide office. If that younger tilt holds on caucus night, a candidate who excels among young and well-educated areas would probably be at a disadvantage in translating his or her votes to state delegate equivalents.

In our poll, Pete Buttigieg stands to benefit. He excelled in rural areas in our poll and widened his lead there on second alignment. This pays off even more in state delegate equivalents because these less educated areas tend to vote at higher rates in general elections than caucuses and therefore have more state delegate equivalents.

Hypothetical state delegate equivalent results

Cand. First alignment Final alignment State del. Pledged del.
Buttigieg 21.9% 27% 29%
Biden 21% 28.5% 28.4%
Sanders 22.7% 28.1% 27.9%
Warren 15.7% 11.9% 10.9%
Klobuchar 8.7% 3.7% 3%

In this scenario, Mr. Sanders does well enough in rural areas, but his strength among young voters — who represent a far larger share of the caucus electorate in our poll than the Democratic voters in an average of the 2016 and 2018 general elections — costs him in the state delegate equivalency results. In some college campus precincts in this scenario, Mr. Sanders’s voters are worth only one-fourth as much as they would be in an older, more rural precinct. (It is quite possible that this cost Mr. Sanders a win in the Iowa caucuses in 2016.)

This would make Mr. Buttigieg the declared winner of the Iowa caucuses, though Mr. Sanders and Mr. Biden would probably have something to say about that.

Finally, there are pledged delegates to the Democratic National Convention, awarded based on the number of state delegate equivalents won by each candidate statewide and by congressional district.

In the past, these results weren’t available on election night either. Before this year, the state convention could elect whomever it wanted to the national convention, regardless of the results at the precinct caucus. Now, the pledged delegates to the national convention are bound to the state delegate equivalency results, so we will know right away who wins the most pledged delegates as well.

Strangely enough, the candidate with the most state delegate equivalents is not guaranteed to have the most pledged delegates.

There are two major reasons there could be a split at this late stage. One is the 15 percent threshold to win delegates in a congressional district. If the second-place candidate managed to clear 15 percent in all four districts, while the winning candidate fell short, the second-place candidate would stand a good chance of leaping ahead.

The winning statewide candidate will probably clear 15 percent everywhere, but this scenario is conceivable in such a closely fought contest and with so many candidates in the race. It could well center on the Fourth Congressional District, a mostly working-class, conservative and rural area in the northwestern part of the state. A candidate who won Iowa by dominating liberal enclaves could conceivably do quite poorly here. Nonetheless, in this simulation all of the leading candidates clear the 15 percent threshold.

The more likely way the pledged delegates could differ from delegate equivalents hinges on the number of noncompetitive candidates earning 15 percent of the vote. A candidate’s delegate haul in a district could shrink quickly if too many candidates breach 15 percent and become entitled to delegates. In our scenario, Ms. Warren breaches 15 percent in the Third District, and earns a delegate that would have otherwise gone to Mr. Buttigieg.

Another major reason is rounding. Basically, the number of delegates awarded by district or statewide is quite small. Whether a candidate earns an extra delegate here or there comes down to clearing thresholds that vary depending on the number of delegates per district.

Here’s an example. One candidate wins 51 percent of the vote in a district worth one delegate, while another candidate wins 60 percent of the vote in a second district worth four delegates. The decisive winner of the larger second district would easily win statewide but win fewer net delegates, since the second district would be a two-to-two split while the winner of the first, smaller district would win the one delegate. Winning the third delegate in that four-delegate district would require more than 62.5 percent of the vote — the lowest number that rounds up to three-fourths, rather than half.

Hypothetical pledged delegate totals

Cand. First alignment Final alignment State del. Pledged del.
Sanders 22.7% 28.1% 27.9% 14
Biden 21% 28.5% 28.4% 13
Buttigieg 21.9% 27% 29% 13
Warren 15.7% 11.9% 10.9% 1
Klobuchar 8.7% 3.7% 3% 0

In this case, Mr. Sanders reclaims his initial edge. Despite a big win in the Fourth District, Mr. Buttigieg can’t scratch out a delegate lead over Mr. Sanders, since only five are awarded. Mr. Sanders, on the other hand, narrowly clears a coveted rounding threshold in the First District.

In this (fairly unlikely) scenario, Mr. Sanders’s supporters would undoubtedly be frustrated. Mr. Sanders would win the most votes and the most pledged delegates, yet would be considered to have lost the state because he wouldn’t have the most state delegate equivalents. Making matters all the more frustrating, most news organizations would justify their use of the state delegate equivalency results because they award the pledged delegates, which Mr. Sanders would wind up winning anyway.

This kind of outcome would almost certainly muddle the post-election coverage and diminish the importance of winning Iowa.

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Lingerie-clad barista foils robbery attempt at Colorado coffee stand

The 20-year-old suspect in a recent crime spree in Colorado has been nabbed by police after robbing a bikini-barista coffee stand.

The Colorado Springs Police Department says the suspect, identified as Lenard Moe, had initially robbed Babes Espresso in Colorado Springs on Jan. 8 after pointing a gun at one of the baristas. Police say he then returned two days later to rob the stand again but was ultimately unsuccessful after a barista foiled his attempt.

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Lenard Moe, 20, was arrested on Jan. 28 following a carjacking. (Colorado Springs Police Department/Twitter)

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Following the second attempt, the shop posted footage of the failed robbery on Facebook, where owner John Reinecke explained that the on-duty barista slammed the window on the suspect. “She closed the window with the bar and he could not get in as he attempted to enter in from the window and from the rear of the building,” Reinecke wrote.

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On Jan. 9, Reineche also shared pictures of the suspect and offered a $1,000 “bounty” on “the piece of s—“ who robbed us last night.”

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Police say the suspect was responsible for two robbery attempts at the Babes Espresso at Colorado Springs. (Google)

A few weeks later, police say Moe struck again, but not at Babes Espresso. Instead, he had committed a carjacking on Jan. 24, threatening a victim with a gun and stealing her car, before ultimately abandoning the vehicle in Pueblo, police say. Moe was apprehended, but released after posting $15,000 bail on Jan. 26, according to The Gazette.

Days later on Jan. 28, the suspect committed yet another carjacking, officers say, but fled on foot after striking a curb. Police were able to locate him that night. He was subsequently booked into the El Paso County Criminal Justice Center. He is being held on a $100,000 bond, according to The Gazette.

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Following the robberies, Babes Espresso had also announced on Facebook that it would be reducing its operating hours “to a schedule that is more realistic and in-line with the schedule of our entertainers.”

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A representative for Babes Espresso was not immediately available to confirm whether the shop was back to its original hours.

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China sees bird flu outbreak near coronavirus epicenter: report

As Chinese officials grapple to contain an outbreak of novel coronavirus that’s sickened more than 17,000 people and killed some 361 others, another disease is causing concern: bird flu.

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The country has reported an outbreak of H5N1 bird flu in Hunan province, which borders Hubei province, where the epicenter of the coronavirus outbreak is located, the South China Morning Post reported.

The outbreak was first reported on a farm that’s home to nearly 8,000 chickens. So far, some 4,500 chickens at the farm have died from bird flu. Others have been culled to prevent the disease from spreading, China’s Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Affairs said in a statement, according to the South China Morning Post.

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The outbreak of bird flu was reported at a farm near the epicenter of the coronavirus outbreak in China. (iStock)

Bird flu is a viral infection that can affect birds and humans alike. Symptoms typically include cough, diarrhea, fever, headache, runny nose, sore throat, muscle aches and more.  However, no human cases of H5N1 have been reported at this time.

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The news comes as the number of coronavirus cases in the U.S. increased over the weekend, with 11 cases now confirmed in the country. As of Monday morning, there are six in California, one in Arizona, one in Washington state, one in Massachusetts and two in Illinois. No deaths have been reported in the U.S. and the large majority of cases still remain in China.

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ISIS claims responsibility for London stabbing attack that left 3 injured

The Islamic State terrorist group claimed responsibility Monday for the knife attack in London over the weekend that left three people injured.

Sudesh Amman, 20, strapped on a fake bomb and stabbed two people on a busy London street Sunday before being shot and killed by police. Investigators say a third person suffered injuries believed to have been caused by broken glass when responding officers opened fire.

“The perpetrator of the attack in Streatham district in south London yesterday is a fighter of Islamic State, and carried out the attack in response to calls to attack the citizens of coalition countries,” a statement posted by ISIS’ Amaq news agency read, according to Reuters.

Fox News has confirmed the claim of responsibility.

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A police forensic officer looks around near the scene after a stabbing incident in London on Sunday (AP)

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Amman had been recently released from prison. Metropolitan Police Deputy Assistant Commissioner Lucy D’Orsi said he served time after being convicted of publishing graphic terrorist videos online and stockpiling instructions on bomb-making and knife attacks.

Officers had been trailing Amman at the time of Sunday’s attack, D’Orsi said, but were unable to head off the bloodshed in the commercial and residential south London neighborhood of Streatham, where Amman struck outside a major pharmacy.

British officials are now set to announce new rules Monday for the imprisonment of convicted terrorists following Amman’s attack and a similar stabbing last year carried out by another man who had served prison time for terrorism offenses. None of the victims in Amman’s attack suffered life-threatening injuries, while the Nov. 29 stabbings near London Bridge left two dead.

The government said it will effectively stop the early release of convicted extremists, double terror sentences and overhaul the conditions under which they are released back into the community, according to the Associated Press.

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Police in London say Sudesh Amman strapped on a fake bomb and stabbed two people before being shot to death by responding officers. He was recently released from prison, where he was serving time for terrorism offenses. (AP/Metropolitan Police)

LONDON BRIDGE HERO WHO SUBDUED TERRORIST WITH NARWHAL TUSK RECOUNTS INCIDENT

More than 70 people found guilty of terror offenses have been released in Britain after serving time, the news agency adds, while there are more than 200 others convicted of the same offenses still in the prison system.

London Mayor Sadiq Khan said Sunday’s attack was clearly foreseeable in the wake of the London Bridge murders.

“One of the questions I’ve got for the government is what are we doing about those 70-odd people who have been released from prison?” he asked.

The former head of U.K. counterterrorism policing, Mark Rowley, told the BBC that “one of the challenges for the prime minister and his team is how much he can look back and amend the rules for people already serving sentences.”

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“Legally that’s very, very difficult,” Rowley said. “But if there are many, many coming out on regimes that we no longer think work, is it possible to change that?”

Rowley added that unless the current law is changed, “police and security services are going to have many, many more cases that they are prioritizing.”

Fox News’ Gillian Turner and the Associated Press contributed to this report.

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‘Ghost wagon’ appears in Oregon lake

A mysterious 19th-century “ghost wagon” has appeared in an Oregon lake.

Salem, Ore.-based photographer and Marine Corps veteran Jeffrey Green posted an image of the wagon to Instagram on Jan. 23. In the post, Green explained that, for a couple of weeks in December 2019, the lake had to have its water drastically drawn down for dam maintenance.

“I headed up and searched 3 times while the water dropped day-by-day until I found this ‘historic utility wagon’, which had been left behind at the normally underwater site of the original town (site submerged in 1952),” Green wrote in the post. “Needless to say, it was an amazing experience to see it!”

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Green added that the lake’s water level has returned to its normal winter levels. The wagon, he explained, “is safely 20-25 feet underwater and far from shore.”

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The cart was briefly exposed in an Oregon lake bed. (Jeffrey S. Green/Dynamic Photography)

On Facebook, Green provided more details on the discovery, which was made in Detroit Lake, a reservoir near Salem. Water conditions in the lake have helped preserve the 19th-century utility wagon, he said, noting that “over the decades, the (low oxygen) cold water has done an amazing job of preserving it.”

After using binoculars to locate the wagon, Green attempted to get as close as he could. “I had trouble getting closer than about 15 feet to it, because the ground all around it was the consistency of whipped cream with nothing solid under it. I tried to get through it, but quickly sank and got stuck nearly up to my waist,” he wrote. “Once unstuck, and covered in mud from head to toe, I snapped several images and simply gazed at in awe. Several days later the water level started going back up.”

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The Salem Statesman Journal reports that the wagon was also spotted during a drought in 2015.

Other mysterious artifacts from bygone eras occasionally appear in other parts of the U.S., typically on beaches. A shipwreck linked to a mutiny and murder mystery, for example, recently emerged from the sands of a North Carolina beach.

Other North Carolina shipwrecks have also been garnering attention. In October 2019, a mysterious shipwreck emerged on a Hatteras Island beach in the wake of a storm before being swallowed up by the sand.

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Earlier in 2019, the creepy skeleton of an 86-year-old shipwreck was also revealed by the shifting sands of Hatteras Island.

Fox News’ Alex Vros contributed to this article. Follow James Rogers on Twitter @jamesjrogers

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8 Things To Watch For In The Iowa Caucuses

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More than 13 months of campaigning, thousands of town halls, and tens of thousands of selfies later, the 2020 Iowa Democratic caucuses will finally take place Monday night. 

The general state of the play is clear. Four candidates have a chance to win. The front-runner in polls is Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders, with former Vice President Joe Biden, Massachusetts Sen. Elizabeth Warren and former South Bend, Indiana, Mayor Pete Buttigieg closely following. Two other candidates ― Minnesota Sen. Amy Klobuchar and entrepreneur Andrew Yang ― could surge to surprisingly strong finishes, and will at least play some role in the results. 

But the ultimate outcome is still up in the air, and there are plenty of variables that could impact the final result and the ability of candidates to claim a boost to their campaign.

Here are eight things to watch on Iowa Caucus Day:

Not every caucus is actually in Iowa.

For the first time, Iowans will be able to caucus somewhere other than their local precinct. In an effort to make the time-intensive process more accessible, the party added 87 satellite caucus locations. While most of them are in Iowa, there are also sites in California, New York, Pennsylvania ― and even as far away as Georgia (the country, not the state). Several of the sites are meant to reach out to underserved communities, with Spanish-language caucuses, sites at Muslim community centers and a caucus held at a facility that cares for people with disabilities. Watch to see if some of these caucuses have notably different results than the local precincts. 

Second choices matter.

There’s an element of “Survivor” on Iowa caucus night. Candidates have to prove they are viable — by gaining the support of at least 15% of voters present at a precinct — in order to be eligible to win any delegates. If candidates’ don’t have enough support in any given precinct, they essentially get voted out of the precinct.

That leaves their supporters with some options: They can just remain uncommitted to a candidate, or they can caucus for their second choice. And that’s where things can get interesting on caucus night. There’s a chance a number of candidates won’t be viable in all the precincts; so far only four candidates have been consistently polling above 15% in the state.

It’s up to the leading campaigns to effectively train their volunteers and precinct captains to make the case for their candidate in the room and convince the uncommitted caucusers to join their team. This process will give an interesting window not only into which campaign is most effective at organizing, but also how candidates’ bases might overlap.

There are some predictions of what might happen. In places where Warren or Yang fail to achieve viability, it could benefit Sanders. Klobuchar or Buttigieg failing to meet viability is expected to help Biden, who shares their relative moderation. But the math may not be that simple. Almost every candidate will miss viability in at least some places, and Buttigieg or Warren could easily benefit if the other isn’t viable. Or women who backed Klobuchar could shift to Warren if the Minnesotan fails to reach 15% of the vote in some places. 

Moral victories are more than possible.

At the end of the day, every presidential candidate’s goal is to leave the Iowa with as many pledged delegates as possible. The Iowa caucuses are like a mini-Electoral College system. And until this year, the state’s Democratic Party declared the winner based on who won the most “state delegate equivalents” ― the share of delegates to the state party convention won by an individual candidate — which then translates into pledged delegates.

But this year, the Iowa Democratic Party will also be releasing raw vote totals. It’s possible the candidate with the most state delegates didn’t necessarily have the popular vote. If that happens, we should expect a lot of messaging around the popular vote, and what that means for a candidate’s momentum going into the other 2020 contests.

Sanders and Biden’s generation gap.

The Sanders campaign has been blunt: If they don’t get record turnout from college students, they’re unlikely to win the caucus. To that end, Sanders has held rally after rally in the state’s major college towns, hoping to build an insurmountable edge there. But he’s struggled to put a dent into Biden’s advantage with older voters, even after hammering him over his past support for Social Security cuts. Biden will root for low turnout from college students, and hope his steady support from reliable older voters will help him perform well in rural parts of the state. 

Iowa’s own Electoral College. 

The caucus system, like the Electoral College, ends up giving additional voting power to rural areas. That means a candidate could run up the score in urban areas and college towns, win the popular vote, but ultimately receive fewer delegates than a candidate whose performance is more evenly distributed across the state. Klobuchar and Buttigieg, who have both campaigned extensively in the state’s smaller counties – Klobuchar managed to visit all 99 – could benefit.

John Deeth, a veteran Iowa Democrat, calculated that in 2016 it took just 45 caucus attendees to earn a state delegate equivalent from Fremont County, population 6,993. In Story County, the home to Iowa State University, it took about 212 attendees to earn a state delegate equivalent.

Sanders has made extensive outreach to Latinos.

Iowa has a small but growing Latino population, which now makes up about 6% of the state. Sanders has worked to aggressively organize these voters, hosting “Unidos Con Bernie” events and futsal tournaments in Des Moines, hoping to persuade a significant number of them to show up to the time-intensive caucuses. So far, according to the Sanders’ campaign estimates, only about 4,000 Latinos in the state have caucused out of 68,000 who are eligible. If Sanders pulls off a narrow victory, his Latino outreach strategy could be key.

Biden’s Dubuque advantage.

Biden’s campaign hopes to run up the score in Dubuque, a city of 56,000 and longtime manufacturing hub in the state’s northeast. The city and its surrounding areas are a hub of Iowa’s Catholic population, and the Biden campaign is exploiting that by having nuns send handwritten letters to voters in the area. Biden, who is Irish Catholic himself, started Sunday by attending Mass in Dubuque. He also has the endorsement of the city’s popular House member, Rep. Abby Finkenauer.

The gloves could come off soon after.

The Democratic Primary, so far, has been historically free of negative advertising. Only one directly negative ad has aired: A Democratic Majority for Israel ad attacking Sanders that started running this week. Part of the reason? A crowded field and the desire to be some voters’ second choices has meant candidates have been reluctant to alienate voters.

But those incentives could quickly disappear. The number of viable candidates ― if not the number of actual candidates ― could decline quickly following the results in Iowa, and there are only eight remaining caucus states. That could make candidates and campaigns much more willing to attack their rivals. 

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