Nov 9, 2019

Report: Texas plane crash was due to a gender reveal party

A gender reveal stunt in September went south when a plane crashed while dumping 350 gallons of pink water in Texas, according to a report from the National Transportation Safety Board.

The big picture: A variety of gender unveilings have gone awry as people try to go beyond conventional colored-cake parties.

  • Nobody died in the plane crash, but some minor injuries were reported, per CNN.

Zoom out: A grandmother died in October when her family inadvertently built a pipe bomb at a gender reveal party in Iowa, CNN notes.

  • In 2018, a man accidentally caused a fire that damaged 45,000 acres in Arizona and was fined $8 million, the New York Times reports.

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South Dakota plane crash kills 9 people, including 2 children

A plane carrying 12 people crashed soon after takeoff from Chamberlain, South Dakota, Saturday, killing nine people — including two children, the Argus Leader reports.

Details: National Transportation Safety Board spokesman Peter Knudson told AP that the Pilatus PC-12 crashed about 12:30 pm. The area was under a winter storm warning at the time of the crash, per the National Weather Service. The three survivors were being treated in Sioux Falls, South Dakota, according to the Washington Post.

  • Knudson said the NTSB was investigating the incident, but "inclement weather in the area is making travel to the site difficult," AP noted.

Editor's note: This article has been updated with new details throughout.

Cyclone kills 20 and displaces 2M in Bangladesh and India

People in Dhaka, Bangladesh, on Sunday after Cyclone Bulbul struck. Photo: Zakir Hossain Chowdhury/NurPhoto via Getty Images

At least 20 people have died and 2 million others displaced after Cyclone Bulbul struck the coastal areas of India and Bangladesh over the weekend, the Guardian reports.

The big picture: CNN notes the storm triggered flooding in both countries and reports Bangladesh Disaster Management minister Enamur Rahman as saying it damaged approximately 30,000 houses. "Falling debris" caused most of the deaths, Rahman said, per CNN.

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Congress' partisan divide on paid family leave

Photo: Mark Wilson/Getty Images

Congressional Republicans have come around to supporting paid family leave policies, but their ideas differ greatly from Democratic proposals, a New York Times analysis shows.

The big picture: Democrats back creating a federal fund for new parents that would be financed with a payroll tax increase, while Republicans have proposed plans that would allow new parents to dip into their future federal benefits.