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At Least 2 People Killed In Massive Industrial Explosion In Houston

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Emergency personnel work the scene of the early morning explosion that Houston Fire Chief Samuel Peña said caused significant damage to nearby homes and even knocked some off their foundations. Collin Eaton/Reuters hide caption

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Emergency personnel work the scene of the early morning explosion that Houston Fire Chief Samuel Peña said caused significant damage to nearby homes and even knocked some off their foundations.

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A massive industrial explosion in northwest Houston early Friday killed two people, left a business in ruins, knocked homes off their foundations and sent debris flying for about half a mile.

The pre-dawn blast at a building belonging to Watson Grinding and Manufacturing, which provides industrial services such as thermal spray coatings, could be felt more than 30 miles away, Houston Police Chief Art Acevedo said at a news conference.

Acevedo said it’s not clear whether the victims were employees. He said police have opened a criminal investigation into the incident, though they currently have no reason to think that the explosion was intentional.

Friday’s incident is just the latest in a string of industrial explosions in Texas’ Gulf Coast region, which houses numerous chemical facilities.

It’s not yet clear what caused the explosion, which jolted the area at about 4:30 a.m. local time.

“[The explosion] knocked us all out of our bed, it was so strong,” resident Mark Brady told Click2Houston. “It busted out every window in our house. It busted everybody’s garage door in around here … and closer toward the explosion over here, it busted people’s roofs in and walls in and we don’t know what it is. … It’s a warzone over here.”

One resident told the local news station that her roof of her home collapsed. “The whole house is ruined,” she said. “The whole ceiling crashed down on all of us. We were all trapped in there and a nice family came and helped up out. … It’s just trashed.”

The moment of the explosion was caught on video by a doorbell surveillance camera, which shows a bright ball of fire light up the sky.

Authorities were initially concerned because valves on propylene tanks at the site were releasing gas into the air, but Houston Fire Chief Samuel Peña said the leak has since been contained. A small, contained area at the Watson Grinding and Manufacturing site was still on fire, he said, adding that fire officials have decided to let it burn out on its own.

“This is going to be a long-term incident. We’re going to be out here for several days,” Peña said. He encouraged residents who find debris in their yards or on their roofs to call authorities.

Hazmat teams are doing air quality assessments, though Peña stated that “we have no reports of accumulation or hazards to the air quality.”

Houston authorities were setting up an evacuation center for residents who need to leave their homes because of damage. Fire and police officials had initially recommended that families leave the area, though they later urged residents to shelter in place.

A local school district, Cypress-Fairbanks, said it was closing two schools near the blast site on Friday. Several school districts have said they plan to keep students indoors for the day. Nearby roads were being closed, and Acevedo said that would last into Saturday.

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Ancient rock carvings show procession of gods riding mythical animals

Archaeologists in Iraq have unearthed stunning rock carvings showing an Assyrian king paying tribute to his gods with a procession of mythical creatures.

The carvings, which are almost 3,000 years old, were publicly unearthed in the Faida district, north of Baghdad, after being hidden for several years to protect them from being damaged by the Islamic State militant group.

With the exception of carvings at the archaeological site of Khinnis, discovered near the city of Mosul in 1845, “there is no other Assyrian rock art complex that can be compared with Faida,” archaeologist Daniele Morandi Bonacossi of the University of Udine told Live Science.

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The unearthed panels show a procession of the seven main Assyrian gods and goddesses, standing or seated on mythical animals, and the Assyrian king Sargon II. (Alberto Savioli/Land of Nineveh Archaeological Project/University of Udine)

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The Faida reliefs depict a procession of seven Assyrian deities shown in profile standing on dragons, horned lions, bulls or horses, the researchers note.

Researchers said the carvings were first seen in the 1970s and site surveys began in 2012 — but the excavation work had to be halted when ISIS took over a significant chunk of territory in the region in 2014.

The carvings were found in bedrock above what was once an ancient canal built by Assyrian king Sargon for local irrigation.

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Each of the Assyrian gods and goddesses are seen standing or seated on a mythical creature. (Alberto Savioli/Land of Nineveh Archaeological Project/University of Udine)

“It is highly probable that more reliefs and perhaps also monumental celebratory cuneiform inscriptions are still buried under the soil debris that filled the Faida canal,” Morandi Bonacossi, who leads the excavations at Faida, told Live Science.

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Take her out’: recording appears to capture Trump at private dinner saying he wants Ukraine ambassador fired

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“Get rid of her!” is what the voice that appears to be President Trump’s is heard saying. “Get her out tomorrow. I don’t care. Get her out tomorrow. Take her out. Okay? Do it.”

On the recording, it appears the two Giuliani associates are telling President Trump that the U.S. ambassador has been bad-mouthing him, which leads directly to the apparent remarks by the President. The recording was made by Fruman according to sources familiar with the tape.

And there it is, the consummation of a a criminal conspiracy currently under federal indictment in the Southern District of New York, personally directed by Donald Trump: an exchange of public announcements by the Ukrainian Prosecutor General (Sergiy Lutsenko) which would help rig the 2020 US election for Trump in exchange for firing the US Ambassador to Ukraine (Maria Yovanovich).

This is a bit confusing, because this conspiracy predates Trump’s direct extortion of President Zelensky. Here is a summary:

“They sought political influence not only to advance their own financial interests, but to advance the political interests of at least one foreign official ⁠— a Ukrainian government official [Lutsenko] who sought the dismissal of the U.S. ambassador to Ukraine,” Geoffrey Berman, U.S. attorney for the Southern District of New York, said at a Thursday news conference.

  • Recently revealed text messages between Parnas and Lutsenko yielded the most conclusive evidence yet that Lutsenko was specifically offering to fabricate claims about the Bidens in exchange for Yovanovich’s termination.

The messages, written in Russian, show Lutsenko urging Parnas to force out Yovanovitch in exchange for cooperation regarding Biden. At one point, Lutsenko suggests he won’t make any helpful public statements unless “madam” is removed.

“It’s just that if you don’t make a decision about Madam — you are calling into question all my declarations. Including about B,” Lutsenko wrote to Parnas in a March 22 message on WhatsApp.

  • As WSJ reported in October, and which is now supported by a smoking gun audio recording, Yovanovitch’s removal was personally ordered by Donald Trump, consummating the conspiracy.

  • This scheme fell apart when Vlodimir Zelenskiy was elected President running on an anti-corruption platfrom, and terminated Lutsenko, who then became the subject of investigation for abuse of power.

  • In the infamous phone call, Trump specifically berated Zelenskiy for Lutsenko’s termination:

“I heard you had a prosecutor who was very good and he was shut down and that’s really unfair,” Mr. Trump told Mr. Zelensky, in what people familiar with the conversation said was a reference to Mr. Lutsenko.

“A lot of people are talking about that, the way they shut your very good prosecutor down,” Mr. Trump said, later adding that Mr. Lutsenko “was treated very badly and he was a very fair prosecutor.”

In a telephone conversation that has set off a political crisis for Mr. Trump, he told Volodymyr Zelensky, the president of Ukraine, that she was “bad news.”

“She’s going to go through some things,” he added.

  • We learned last week that the “things” Yovanovich was going through included extra-legal surveillance by Parnas or his associates, and discussion of paying entities within Ukraine to coerce, and potentially commit violence against, Yovanovich.

It is becoming increasingly clear that Trump was personally aware of everything that was going on, as was asserted in a letter revealed last week, from Rudy Giuliani to Vlodomir Zelensky when all of this was beginning, that everything they were doing was with the explicit “knowledge and consent” of Donald Trump.

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Border Patrol veteran Rodney Scott tapped to lead agency

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The Trump administration announced Friday that Rodney S. Scott will serve as the new chief of U.S. Border Patrol.

Scott, a 27-year veteran of Border Patrol, will replace Carla Provost, who is retiring, according to a statement.

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“I am pleased to announce the selection of Rodney S. Scott as Chief, U.S. Border Patrol, U.S. Customs and Border Protection,” Acting CBP Commissioner Mark Morgan said in the statement Friday.

“Chief Scott brings an exceptional depth and breadth of experience and knowledge about the border security mission and a commitment to service to the nation and the Border Patrol workforce,” he continued.

Scott has been a member of USBP since 1992, most recently leading the San Diego Sector, which, according to Morgan, is “one of the most diverse, complex and challenging operational environments in the country.”

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“Chief Scott is the absolute embodiment of the U.S. Border Patrol’s motto, ‘Honor First,’ and I am confident that under his leadership, the men and women of the Border Patrol will be well served, the laws of this nation will be enforced, and our borders will be secured,” Morgan said.

Scott has served in various leadership positions within USBP and CBP, according to Morgan. Scott has served as chief patrol agent of the El Centro Sector; deputy chief patrol agent at San Diego Sector; patrol agent in charge at the Brown Field Station in San Diego Sector; assistant chief in CBP’s Office of Anti-Terrorism in Washington, D.C.; and director and division chief for the Incident Management and Operations Coordination Division at CBP Headquarters.

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A look at the Republicans who might break with the party to vote for new witnesses.

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Senator Mitt Romeny, Republican of Utah, on his way out of the Capitol on Thursday night via its subway.Credit…Calla Kessler/The New York Times

Republican moderates are in the spotlight on Friday as House managers conclude their oral arguments and senators turn to the question of whether to call witnesses and seek new documents in the impeachment trial. All four of the senators opposed Democratic motions for witnesses and documents at the beginning of the trial, but have said they might be open to switching their stances after opening arguments have been completed.

So far, however, none have committed to do so.

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Mitt Romney of Utah has not said much since the trial started. But earlier, he indicated he would be open to new witnesses, and said he wants to hear from John R. Bolton, the president’s former national security adviser.

Susan Collins of Maine is usually a swing vote in the Senate. Facing re-election this year, she is facing brutal blowback in her state for voting to confirm Justice Brett Kavanaugh for his seat on the Supreme Court. She has strongly suggested that she will ultimately vote to call witnesses. Doing so could help her mend fences with moderate voters she needs to keep her seat.

Lisa Murkowski of Alaska is an independent voice in the Senate. She was the only Republican to oppose Justice Kavanaugh’s confirmation and has indicated she could be open to having the Senate examine additional evidence in the impeachment case.

Lamar Alexander of Tennessee is retiring after a long career in the Senate. He has not given clear answers to whether he might support additional witnesses and is extremely close with Senator Mitch McConnell, the Republican leader. But Democrats hope his institutionalist impulses might prompt him to be the fourth vote they need.

There has been additional focus on a fifth senator, Cory Gardner of Colorado. Mr. Gardner is a first-term senator who is facing a tough re-election race this year in a politically competitive state. He will need support from independent voters and even some Democrats to win, but Mr. Garnder has so far been mum on the question of witnesses, and has criticized the impeachment inquiry as a politically motivated exercise.

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People preparing for the March for Life on Friday.Credit…Calla Kessler/The New York Times

Even as the Senate geared up for the third day hearing from prosecutors in the impeachment trial, a different kind of political clash was gathering outside the Capitol.

People attending the annual March for Life — and counterprotesters who support abortion rights — were already arriving Friday morning for an event that is expected to feature an address by President Trump, the first time a sitting president has attended.

People wearing “March for Life” sweatshirts crossed the Capitol grounds on the way to the march, along with others sporting red “TRUMP2020” baseball caps. Nearby, a separate group of counter protesters wearing sweatshirts that said “Literally, no one asked you” chanted “We love abortion, abortion is cool!”

The annual event protesting abortion started after the 1973 Rove v. Wade decision that legalized abortion in the United States.

Other Republican presidents have addressed the gathering by video, but none has attended. Mr. Trump tweeted on Tuesday: “See you on “See you on Friday … Big Crowd!” Friday…Big Crowd!”

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President Trump complained Friday that his lawyers would begin his defense on Saturday, a day the president said in the world of television was “called Death Valley,” as he unleashed dozens of tweets and retweets attacking the Senate trial.

The president began his social media assault just after 6 a.m. by retweeting Greg Jarrett, a conservative Fox News analyst, who was attacking the Democrats’ case. In one post, Mr. Jarrett accused Representative Adam B. Schiff of California, the lead House manager, of lying about the evidence.

Over the next several hours, he retweeted articles by breitbart.com; Lou Dobbs, the Fox Business Network host; Ben Ferguson, a conservative commentator; Dan Bongino, the host of a conservative radio talk show; and several Republican lawmakers, including Representative Kevin McCarthy of California, the minority leader in the House.

Later in the morning, Mr. Trump started tweeting his own attacks on the impeachment trial. In addition to complaining about the expected weekend start for his lawyers, Mr. Trump said he had “to endure hour after hour of lies, fraud and deception by Shifty Schiff, Cryin’ Chuck Schumer and their crew.”

The House managers prosecuting the case against President Trump will wrap up their arguments on Friday with a focus on the second article of impeachment: the accusation that the president obstructed Congress by blocking witnesses and documents in an attempt to cover up his misconduct.

It will be their last opportunity to appeal to a handful of moderate Republican senators on the question of seeking additional witnesses and documents before the president’s lawyers take center stage. Debate on that vital question is expected to happen early next week, after the conclusion of the arguments and a period of questions about the case from senators.

In the meantime, the Senate trial has tested the patience of senators, who have sat restlessly in their seats for more than 16 hours over two long days. Despite being admonished that they must remain silent and at attention “upon pain of imprisonment,” some have doodled, traded notes, whispered with their neighbors, or even nodded off.

Mr. Trump’s legal defense team is scheduled to begin their presentation on Saturday, angering the president, who complained on Twitter on Friday morning that “my lawyers will be forced to start on Saturday, which is called Death Valley in T.V.”

There have been discussions in the Capitol that senators could start the Saturday session earlier than the usual 1 p.m., which could give them the chance to leave earlier, especially if the White House lawyers decide to reserve more of their presentation for Monday.

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Man reportedly caught cheating on kiss cam at soccer game

If you’re going to smooch someone on a stadium kiss cam, it should probably be the person you’re with.

One soccer fan recently sparked a social media firestorm after footage surfaced of him kissing a woman who reportedly wasn’t his wife or girlfriend.

In a Jan. 18 clip which has since been viewed over 27 million times online, a beaming Barcelona SC fan was seen kissing a tank top-clad woman at a game against Delfin in Ecuador before looking around, pulling his arm off her shoulders and slouching down in his stadium seat. As the embrace came to a hasty end, the woman’s face remained blank while the camera panned back to the field.

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“When you kiss your side chick and realize your marriage is over [cause] you’re on camera,” a Twitter user joked.

Commenters had a field day speculating whether or not the man’s suspicious body language indicated that he was actually cheating on his spouse or partner, poking fun at the situation and offering him words of advice. Even Nickelback chimed in.

Shockingly, new reports have claimed that the Barcelona SC fan was, indeed, being unfaithful during the now-viral moment. Metro identified the man as Deyvi Andrade, alleging that he has since admonished the attention and defended himself on Facebook and Instagram.

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“You’ve already destroyed my relationship, what more do you want? You don’t know the psychological damage you have caused with your hatred directed at me,” he reportedly wrote online.

It remains unclear at this time whether or not Andrade was married to his now-ex, Metro claims. The man also reportedly apologized to his former flame, and begged for her forgiveness.

“I want to go back to living these moments by your side my lovely, I am really sorry and this is why I’ve come out in public to comment on this nonsense, so I can ask you to forgive me here on Instagram,” he allegedly said.

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Whether or not the man’s ex gives him a second shot, it’s safe to say the experience has taught him an invaluable life lesson: cheaters never win, after all. (iStock)

“I’m so confused but I want to get you back,” Andrade went on, adding the hashtags #ForgiveMe, #ILoveYou and #ComeBack.

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Whether or not the man’s ex gives him a second shot, it’s safe to say the experience has taught him an invaluable life lesson: cheaters never win, after all.

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Saturn’s mysterious moon could support alien life thanks to this new discovery

Saturn’s moon Enceladus has an even better chance of supporting extraterrestrial life than previously thought: researchers have discovered its oceans are more complex than first believed.

The moon’s oceans shoot plumes of carbon dioxide into space, researchers have found, using data from NASA’s Cassini spacecraft. The findings, published in Geophysical Research Letters, point to reactions between the water and the core of the celestial satellite as the source of the complexity, discovered thanks to a new technique the researchers used.

“By understanding the composition of the plume, we can learn about what the ocean is like, how it got to be this way and whether it provides environments where life as we know it could survive,” said Southwest Research Institute (SwRI) researcher Christopher Glein in a statement. “We came up with a new technique for analyzing the plume composition to estimate the concentration of dissolved CO2 in the ocean. This enabled modeling to probe deeper interior processes.”

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This image of the geyser-spewing Saturn moon Enceladus was taken on Oct. 5, 2008 by NASA’s Cassini spacecraft. (NASA/JPL/Space Science Institute)

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The Cassini spacecraft intentionally plunged itself into Saturn’s atmosphere in September 2017 after it was launched in 1997 at a total cost of $3.9 billion ($2.5 billion in pre-launch costs and $1.4 billion in post-launch). It spent 13 years circling, studying and taking data of Saturn and its moons.

Combined with previous discoveries of molecular hydrogen and silica, the “abundance” of carbon dioxide reacting with the core of the moon and the water in the moon’s subsurface oceans add credence to the idea there are energy sources on Enceladus that could support life.

“The dynamic interface of a complex core and seawater could potentially create energy sources that might support life,” said SwRI’s Hunter Waite in the statement. “While we have not found evidence of the presence of microbial life in the ocean of Enceladus, the growing evidence for chemical disequilibrium offers a tantalizing hint that habitable conditions could exist beneath the moon’s icy crust.”

“The implications for possible life enabled by a heterogeneous core structure are intriguing,” Glein added. “This model could explain how planetary differentiation and alteration processes create chemical (energy) gradients needed by subsurface life.”

Prior to the flybys by Voyager 1 and Voyager 2 in the early 1980s, not much was known about the “ocean-world” moon, despite it being discovered in 1789.

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Plumes on Enceladus (NASA/JPL/Space Science Institute) (NASA/JPL/Space Science Institute)

NASA: SATURN’S MOON, ENCELADUS, COULD SUPPORT LIFE

In 2017, NASA found the presence of hydrogen in its atmosphere, something Linda Spilker, Cassini project scientist at NASA’s JPL, said at the time could be meaningful as a “potential source for energy from any microbes.”

One year later, scientists made a startling announcement when they said they had found complex organic molecules, the “building blocks” for life, on the moon. Separately that year, researchers determined Enceladus’s ocean is likely 1 billion years old, placing it in the sweet spot for supporting life.

Earlier this year, researchers determined its ocean is likely 1 billion years old, placing it in the sweet spot for supporting life. Last year, researchers acknowledged that they had found the “building blocks” for life on Enceladus, having discovered complex organic molecules.

Enceladus is not the only celestial satellite of Saturn to intrigue scientists. In June, NASA announced the latest mission in its New Frontiers program. Known as Dragonfly, the mission will explore Saturn’s largest moon, Titan, which could potentially host extraterrestrial life.

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Golden State Warriors’ Stephen Curry wanted to get drafted by New York Knicks in 2009

Hindsight is 20/20.

Stephen Curry revealed during a podcast this week that he wanted to get picked up by the New York Knicks during the 2009 draft, a decision that could have left him and the Golden State Warriors with three fewer NBA championships.

Speaking with former NBA players Matt Barnes and Stephen Jackson on their podcast “All the Smoke,” Curry revealed that the Warriors weren’t even on his radar before he received a call from the team’s former General Manager Larry Riley during the draft that would define his career.

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“When I got drafted, it’s kinda funny thinking back, I wanted to go to New York and thought I was going to New York. I was in the draft, in the green room like, ‘Oh, I’ll get to the eight spot, New York will get me’, and then I got the call from Larry Riley like, ‘We’re going to pick you in the seven spot,'” Curry recalled.

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Phoenix Suns’ Kelly Oubre Jr., left, guards Golden State Warriors’ Stephen Curry during the first half of an NBA basketball game Oct. 30, in San Francisco. (AP Photo/Ben Margot)

Knowing the state of the Warriors at the time, Curry saw an opportunity. “I knew it was coming off a restructure … I knew we weren’t going to be that good, but I got to work my way into the starting lineup.”

After 11 seasons with the Warriors, Curry has three NBA championships and was named MVP twice. He is regarded as the best 3-point shooter in history, a claim Curry said he never set out to achieve.

“Not a chance,” Curry told Barnes and Jackson when asked if he ever thought that he would “change the face of basketball.”

“I dreamed of playing in the league, playing the way I know how to play the game.”

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He’s averaged 23.5 points, 6.6 assists and 43.5 percent from three-point range over his career.

Curry has been out since Oct. 30 after breaking his left hand in a game against the Phoenix Suns. Reports this week indicated a return in early March. Golden State is 10-36 this season and dead last in the Western Conference.

Fox News’ Ryan Gaydos contributed to this report. 

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A Major Fear for Democrats: Will the Party Come Together by November?

FORT DODGE, Iowa — Democrats have always represented a cacophonous array of individuals and interests, but the so-called big tent is now stretching over a constituency so unwieldy that it’s easy to understand why voters remain torn this close to Iowa, where no clear front-runner has emerged.

The party’s voters are splintered across generational, racial and ideological lines, prompting some liberals to express reluctance about rallying behind a moderate presidential nominee, and those closer to the political middle to voice unease with a progressive standard-bearer.

The lack of a united front has many party leaders anxious — and for good reason. In over 50 interviews across three early-voting states — Iowa, New Hampshire and South Carolina — a number of Democratic primary voters expressed grave reservations about the current field of candidates, and in some cases a clear reluctance to vote for a nominee who was too liberal or too centrist for their tastes.

As she walked out of a campaign event for former Vice President Joseph R. Biden Jr. in Fort Dodge this week, Barbara Birkett said she was leaning toward caucusing for Senator Amy Klobuchar of Minnesota, and dismissed the notion of even considering the two progressives in the race, Senators Bernie Sanders of Vermont and Elizabeth Warren of Massachusetts.

“No, I’m more of a Republican and that’s just a little bit too far to the left for me,” Ms. Birkett, a retiree. She said that she’d like to support a Democrat this November because of her disdain for Mr. Trump but that Mr. Sanders would “be a hard one.”

Elsewhere on the increasingly broad Democratic spectrum, Pete Doyle, who attended a Sanders rally in Manchester, N.H., last weekend, had a ready answer when asked about voting for Mr. Biden: “Never in a million years.” He said that if Mr. Biden won the nomination, he would either vote for a third-party nominee or sit out the general election.

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The uncertainty about party unity has been exacerbated in recent days by clashes among the Democratic candidates, as well as one involving a prominent party leader.

Mr. Sanders and Ms. Warren have accused one another of lying about a private conversation in 2018 over whether a woman could become president; Mr. Sanders and Mr. Biden have attacked each other over Social Security and corruption; and Hillary Clinton, the 2016 Democratic nominee, has come off the sidelines to stoke her rivalry with Mr. Sanders, declaring that “nobody likes him.”

The lack of consensus among Democratic voters, 10 days before the presidential nominating primary begins with Iowa caucuses, has led some party leaders to make unusually fervent and early pleas for unity. On Monday alone, a pair of influential Democratic congressmen issued strikingly similar warnings to very different audiences in very different states.

“We get down to November, there’s only going to be one nominee,” Representative James E. Clyburn of South Carolina, the third-ranking House Democrat, said at a ceremony for Martin Luther King’s Birthday at the State House in Columbia. “Nobody can afford to get so angry because your first choice did not win. If you stay home in November, you are going to get Trump back.”

“No matter who our nominee is, we can’t make the mistake that we made in ’16,” Representative Dave Loebsack of Iowa said that night in Cedar Rapids as he introduced his preferred 2020 candidate, former Mayor Pete Buttigieg of South Bend, Ind., at a town hall meeting. “We all got to get behind that person so we can get Donald Trump out of office,” Mr. Loebsack added.

In interviews, Democratic leaders say they believe the party’s fights over such politically fraught issues as treasured entitlement programs, personal integrity, and gender and electability could hand Mr. Trump and foreign actors ammunition with which to depress turnout for their standard-bearer.

“I am concerned about facing another disinformation campaign from the other side,” said Representative Brendan Boyle of Pennsylvania, a Biden supporter who was uneasy enough that he recently sought out high-profile congressional backers of some of the other contenders to discuss an eventual détente. “For those of us who are elected officials, we need to exercise real leadership to make sure all of the camps are immediately united after all this is over.”

Most Democrats believe that the deep revulsion their party’s voters and activists share for Mr. Trump will ultimately help heal primary season wounds and rally support behind whoever emerges as the nominee. “If it means getting rid of Donald Trump, they would swallow Attila the Hun,” State Representative Todd Rutherford, the Democratic leader of the South Carolina House, said of his party’s rank-and-file.

And some leading Democrats were less worried about recovering from the cut-and-thrust of the primary fights than figuring out how to address the deep fissures within their coalition that this race has exposed.

“The Democrats cover everybody from Bernie to Bloomberg and that does present a real problem in terms of making a decision,” said former Gov. Jerry Brown of California, himself a former presidential hopeful, referring to former Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg of New York. “It’s not blendable at this point. And if the division continues you’re not going to get a first-ballot candidate.”

The political and cultural distance between the two leading Democratic candidates, Mr. Biden and Mr. Sanders, is easy enough to grasp from their events.

A rally for Mr. Sanders in Exeter, N.H., last weekend featured the actor John Cusack, who introduced his candidate by invoking left-wing writers like Noam Chomsky and Howard Zinn and denouncing neoliberalism and imperialism.

The event had few of the trappings of Mr. Biden’s events, like the Pledge of Allegiance and a call for blessings upon the American military and the restoration of consensus and comity in Washington. The former vice president does not ask his audiences to raise their hands if they know anyone arrested for marijuana possession, as Mr. Sanders usually does.

Vivid as the surface differences are between Mr. Sanders and Mr. Biden, what’s even more revealing are the views that emerge in polling and conversations with their supporters.

A new CNN survey showed that about as many Democrats under 50 would be upset or dissatisfied with Mr. Biden as the nominee as they would be enthusiastic. And among those older than 65, views were even starker about Mr. Sanders: just 23 percent said they’d be enthusiastic about him while 33 percent said they’d be upset or dissatisfied.

Mr. Sanders has tried to bolster his standing with older voters, and lessen their ardor for Mr. Biden, by trumpeting his support for Social Security and highlighting the former vice president’s past willingness to consider cuts to the program — a contrast Sanders supporters believe is vital given Mr. Trump’s suggestion this week that he’d pursue entitlement trims.

Interviews with Sanders supporters at his events in New Hampshire and at the King Day gathering in South Carolina revealed a group of progressive activists who were as dedicated to him as they were in 2016 — and who were uneasy about his rivals, especially Mr. Biden. That was borne out in a new poll of New Hampshire primary voters this week from Suffolk University, which indicated that nearly a quarter of the Vermont senator’s supporters would not commit to backing the party’s nominee if it was not Mr. Sanders.

That number could drop by November if Mr. Sanders does not win the nomination: research shows that most of Mr. Sanders’s supporters eventually rallied to Mrs. Clinton against Mr. Trump. Yet it would not necessarily happen easily, especially if Mr. Sanders’s supporters believe he’s been treated unfairly by the party.

Many Sanders supporters who said they would grudgingly support one of his rivals against Mr. Trump quickly added that that’s all they’d do, ruling out doing the volunteer work that is the lifeblood of all campaigns.

“I just couldn’t morally,” Laura Satkowski said, explaining why she would not canvass or make phone calls on behalf of Mr. Biden. “I don’t like his policies.”

Some pro-Sanders households are mixed.

Michelle McKay and her partner, Bill Davis, came to the South Carolina State House from their home in Raleigh, N.C., she wearing a vest festooned with Sanders buttons, to show their support for their candidate.

“Hell no,” Ms. McKay said about the prospect of backing Mr. Biden. Reminded that North Carolina could be a pivotal state in the general election, she said: “I don’t care. My vote is not going to an establishment Democrat.”

Mr. Davis, though, said that while he didn’t want to vote for anybody besides Mr. Sanders, he’d cast a ballot for any Democrat against Mr. Trump. “I think the party will come together,” he said, as Ms. McKay looked on unconvinced.

For many Democratic leaders, the hope for party unity rests on shared loathing of Mr. Trump. His divisive record and conduct in office helped propel Democrats to a new House majority in 2018 and a number of governorships in the last three years.

Yet while his astonishing election and often demagogic politics have accelerated the rise of the left, energizing a new generation of progressives and socialists, Mr. Trump’s presidency has also enlarged the moderate wing of the party, creating a slice of de facto Democrats among the Republicans and right-leaning independents who cannot abide him.

Phil Richardson, a farmer who came to the Biden event in Fort Dodge with his wife, Christy, said he’d be happy to vote for Mr. Sanders.

But Mr. Richardson said his worry is that others in his community would find it harder to support somebody so liberal.

“I’ve had some of my farmer friends tell me they could probably live with Biden but he couldn’t go for Bernie,” he said.

Over in Dubuque, Iowa, Ron Davis said flatly that he’d support Mr. Trump if Mr. Sanders was the nominee.

An Ames, Iowa, native who now lives in suburban Detroit, Mr. Davis and his wife, Barbara Rom, are retirees traversing Iowa as political tourists this week — “candidate groupies,” he called them — and trying to decide who to support in Michigan’s primary in March.

On Wednesday they came to the University of Dubuque to see Mr. Buttigieg, who impressed Mr. Davis. Mr. Sanders, however, would be “too radical a change,” he said. Ms. Rom said she’d back Mr. Sanders if it meant defeating Mr. Trump.

If it all seems messy, and the party hopelessly fragmented, that’s for good reason, said Kathleen Sebelius, the former Kansas governor and health and human services secretary who grew up in Democratic politics as the daughter of a former Ohio governor.

“This primary is a reflection of the politics of the country at large,” Ms. Sebelius said. “There are clearly differences among people who still feel incremental change is the best way of getting things done, and folks who say we need more to pursue more radical change.”

She said she’d be more worried if Democrats didn’t have Mr. Trump as “a rallying cry,” but conceded there was no candidate on the horizon who could fully unify the party’s factions.

“There is no savior who’s going to rescue us from the current state of affairs,” she said. “We’re all going to need to save each other.”

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Helicopter-sharing app Blade pairs with NYU Langone to speed transplant organs

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Talking about a life-saving initiative.

Time is of the essence when it comes to organ transplants. That’s why the helicopter-sharing app Blade — largely used to transport elite New Yorkers to surrounding airports and destinations like the Hamptons in the summertime — has paired with NYU Langone Health to more quickly transport donated organs to transplant patients in need.

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Fox News Medical Contributor and NYU Langone Professor of Medicine Dr. Marc Siegel recently checked out the roughly four-month-old pilot program for himself.

“Speed is increasing, traffic and costs are decreasing, the benefits are bountiful and outcomes are improving,” he told Fox News’ Ainsley Earhardt of the initiative.

Will Heyburn, the head of corporate development at Blade, said there’s no extra cost to transplant an organ via the helicopter service — in fact, one NYU Langone official estimated that Blade is a fourth of the cost of a typical medical evacuation helicopter. In addition to cutting costs, time is also reduced as well — ultimately bettering the outcome of the transplant.

There’s “no question” that shorter times outside of the body equate to better functionality of transplanted organ, Dr. Nader Moazami, NYU Langone chief of cardiac and lung transplantation, said.

One transplant recipient whose new lungs were transported via Blade said the experience was “great.” He’s recovered quickly; when speaking to Fox News this week, he was only 16 days post-op.

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“It’s amazing to take a deep breath,” he said. ‘I’m blessed.”

“Reducing transit time is what Blade does for a living,” Heyburn added.

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