The VICE Morning Bulletin

The VICE Morning Bulletin

This morning, an Arizona man has been convicted of conspiring to support an Islamic State attack, North Korea has defied UN sanctions again by launching ballistic missiles, and more.
March 18, 2016, 11:03am

US News

American ISIS Supporter Convicted
Arizona man Abdul Malik Abdul Kareem has been convicted of conspiring to support the Islamic State in an attack at a "Draw Muhammad" contest in Texas last year. Kareem, 44, was found guilty of transporting firearms with the intention to commit murder, as well as conspiring to provide support to the terrorist group. —CNN

Trump's Grammar Just Below Sixth Grade Level
An academic study analyzing political speeches for "readability" found Donald Trump's grammar was "just below sixth grade level." The Carnegie Mellon study found most candidates using language typical of students in grades 6–8, "though Donald Trump tends to lag behind the others." —The Washington Post


Air Force General Fired for Sleazy Emails
A senior Air Force general has been fired after an investigation found sexually suggestive emails sent to a female lieutenant colonel to be "unprofessional." Lieutenant General John Hesterman, in charge of air campaigns in Iraq and Syria, was found to have "compromised his standing as an officer and gentleman." —ABC News

City Gives $125,000 to Women Arrested While Naked
Chandler, Arizona, will pay $125,000 to a woman who said a police officer illegally entered her home and handcuffed her in front of her daughter while she was naked. Esmeralda Rossi's claim was supported by the cop's body-camera video evidence. —USA Today

International News

North Korea Fires Missile Capable of Reaching Japan
North Korea has again defied UN sanctions by firing at least one ballistic missile, which flew 500 miles before hitting the sea of its east coast, according to South Korea. If confirmed, it would mark North Korea's first test of a medium-range missile, capable of reaching Japan, since 2014. —Reuters

EU Pitches Deal to Turkey
EU leaders will pitch their migrant plan to Turkish Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoglu today after finally agreeing a joint position. The proposed deal would see all migrants traveling to Greece from Turkey sent back, in return for financial aid and visa-free access to Schengen countries. —Al Jazeera Saudis to Scale Back Yemen Campaign
A Saudi military spokesman said that its coalition will scale back operations against Shia Houthi rebels in Yemen, one year after fighting began. Brigadier General Ahmed al Aseeri said that "the major fighting in Yemen is nearing an end," but air strikes may continue. —The Guardian


Cambodia Leader Denies Buying Facebook Likes
Cambodia's Prime Minister Hun Sen has denied buying fake likes for his Facebook page, after the opposition leader accused him of boosting his popularity artificially. Sen's page has 3.2 million likes, but the biggest single group of likes came from India. —BBC News

Everything Else

Migos Member Offset Arrested
Offset, real name Kiari Cephus, has been arrested in his hometown of Atlanta. The Migos rapper was pulled over after police officers discovered he was driving on a suspended license, and he reportedly spent one night in jail. —Rolling Stone

Hidden Rooms Found at Tutankhamun's Tomb
Radar scans on the walls of Tutankhamun's burial tomb have revealed the presence of hidden chambers containing unidentified metal objects. One theory is that it is the tomb of Queen Nefertiti. —National Geographic

Astronauts Lift Off to Attempt Space Record
NASA astronaut Jeff Williams and Russian cosmonauts Alexey Ovchinin and Oleg Skripochka are set for launch today on a mission to the International Space Station. Williams will try to set a US record by spending 534 days in space. —Florida Today

Teacher Fired for Watching Porn in School
Darren Hankey, an elementary school teacher in British Columbia, was found guilty of professional misconduct after breaking back into his school at night to watch porn and have phone sex. —VICE

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