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The VICE Morning Bulletin

This morning, Democrats stage a 16-hour sit-in for a vote on gun control legislation, Britain decides on whether to stay in the EU, Kim Jung Un claims North Korea's missiles can reach the US, and more.

Protesters on the Capitol showing solidarity with House Democrats' sit-in calling on Republicans to allow votes on gun violence legislation (Photo By Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call)

Everything you need to know about the world this morning, curated by VICE.

US News

Democrats Stage 16-Hour Sit-In Protest for Gun Control
The House of Representatives has been taken over by Democrats staging a 16-hour sit-in to demand a vote on gun control legislation. Republican Speaker Paul Ryan tried to regain control of the chamber, but Democrats, led by John Lewis, chanted "no bill, no break," and sang "We Shall Overcome." At around 3 AM, Republicans voted to adjourn the House until after the July 4 recess.—The Washington Post

Baltimore Awaits Freddie Gray Case Verdict
A judge will today announce the fate of Baltimore police officer Caesar Goodson, charged with second-degree murder in the death of 25-year-old Freddie Gray. Two of the six charged officers have already gone to trial, and both times prosecutors have failed to secure a conviction.—NBC News


Guantanamo Detainee Transferred to Montenegro
A detainee held in the US military prison in Guantanamo Bay for more than 14 years has been transferred to Montenegro after the Pentagon decided he was no longer a "significant" national security threat. The transfer of Yemeni man Abdel Malik Ahmed Abdel Wahab Al Rahabi leaves 79 detainees left at Guantanamo.—The Wall Street Journal

Michigan Sues Companies Linked to Water Crisis
Michigan Attorney General Bill Schuette has opened a civil lawsuit against several companies linked to the lead contamination of the Flint water system. Schuette, who is leading the state's investigation in the contamination, said his office was "pulling the wagon of justice for Flint." The lawsuit targets seven companies in total.—VICE News

International News

Britain Votes on EU Membership
British voters are heading to the polls today to decide whether their nation should remain in the European Union. The final batch of polls suggested the referendum is too close to call, with two putting the "remain" side slightly ahead, and two giving the "leave" side a narrow lead.—The Guardian

Boko Haram Refugees Starve to Death at Camp
Almost 200 people at a camp for refugees fleeing Boko Haram have died of starvation in the past month, according to Médecins Sans Frontières. The medical charity described conditions at the camp in the city of Bama in Nigeria as "catastrophic," and said one in five children there is suffering from acute malnutrition.—BBC News


Kim Jung Un Claims Missiles Can Reach US in the Pacific
Following a test launch of an intermediate-range missile, North Korean leader Kim Jong Un has claimed his country has the capability to attack US interests in the Pacific. "We have the sure capability to attack…the Americans in the Pacific operation theater," state media quoted Kim Jong Un as saying.—Reuters

Tom Morello. Photo via Wikimedia.

Everything Else

Florida Officials Say Disney Gator Has Been Killed
Wildlife authorities in Florida are "confident" they have captured and killed the alligator that attacked and drowned two-year-old Lane Graves early last week. Six alligators were removed from the Seven Seas Lagoon and killed.—USA Today

HBO Cancels Vinyl After One Season
The network has decided "not to proceed" with a second season of Vinyl, the Mick Jagger and Martin Scorsese-produced series about the 1970s New York music scene. The first season is reported to have cost $100 million.—The Hollywood Reporter

Tom Morello Compares Trump to Frat House Rapist
Former Rage Against the Machine guitarist Tom Morello has likened Donald Trump to "a frat house rapist." Introducing a song by folk singer Ryan Harvey called "Old Man Trump," Morello also likened the angry orange man to an "old-school segregationist."—Noisey

DNA Test Reveals Truth About Grizzly-Polar Hybrid
An animal killed by a hunter in the Canadian territory of Nunavut last month, believed to be a hybrid grizzly/polar bear, has been found to be a blond-haired grizzly bear. DNA testing by the Nunavut government set the record straight.—VICE News

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