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Vox Sentences: Austin is having a spate of mysterious — and deadly — package explosions

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Package explosions in Austin kill two people and seriously injure another; at least 50 people are dead after a plane crash in Kathmandu, Nepal.

Packages keep exploding in Austin, with deadly consequences

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A deadly plane crash, and conflicting stories as to why it happened

  • At least 50 people are dead after a plane carrying 71 passengers crashed near the Tribhuvan International Airport in Kathmandu, Nepal. [Associated Press]
  • Observers on the ground noted that the plane was flying strangely; it approached the airport’s single runway from the wrong direction. But there are differing stories on what exactly happened — airport officials said they could not get through to the pilot when they signaled the plane not to land, while airline officials insisted air traffic controllers had sent the wrong signal to the pilot. [Washington Post / Pradeep Bashyal and Annie Gowen]
  • The plane ended up nosediving into a field near the runway and bursting into flames. The crash ground operations at the busy airport to a standstill. [NYT / Jeffrey Gettleman]
  • The flight was operated by the US-Bangla Airlines and was coming from Dhaka, Bangladesh’s capital city. [BBC]


  • Stinkbugs will (probably, eventually) invade your home and haunt your dreams, and we can blame their spread on globalization. [New Yorker / Kathryn Schulz]
  • British authorities are investigating the poisoning of a former Russian spy and his daughter. It’s part of a long history of attempted and successful Russian assassinations by poison. [Foreign Policy / Elias Groll]
  • Has Saturday Night Live lost its political edge? This weekend’s six-minute cold open blending Robert Mueller with The Bachelor suggests ... yes. [Atlantic / David Sims]
  • A small Vermont town has a pretty successful track record of producing Olympic athletes. Here are some of the ways they do it. [Outside Magazine / Katie Arnold]


“I don’t know. Overall, I — I can’t say overall that they have all gotten better.” [Education Secretary Betsy DeVos proves unable to answer a question about how schools in her home state of Michigan are faring / 60 Minutes]

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It’s an unlikely place for a democratic revolution. [YouTube / Sam Ellis]

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