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This morning, the Bush family say they won't endorse Trump, California raises the smoking age to 21, a state of emergency is declared in Alberta, and more.
May 5, 2016, 9:20am

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

US News

  • Army Captain Sues Obama Over ISIS
    A US Army captain is suing President Obama, alleging that he doesn't have the proper constitutional authority to fight the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria. Capt. Nathan Michael Smith supports the fight against ISIS, calling the group an "army of butchers," but he believes Obama must ask Congress to authorize military force.—NBC News
  • California Raises Smoking Age to 21
    Gov. Jerry Brown has signed a bill raising the smoking age from 18 to 21 in California. It also raises the legal age to buy materials for vaping to 21. Senator Ed Hernandez, author of the bill, said he expected other states to follow. But the Smoke-Free Alternatives Trade Association said it "stigmatized" vapor products. —Los Angeles Times
  • Clinton May Testify Over Private Emails
    A federal judge has ruled Hillary Clinton may be deposed in a case related to her use of private email while she was secretary of state. The ruling is part of a lawsuit between conservative group Judicial Watch and the State Department, with the group suing for the employment records of Clinton's aide Huma Abedin. —ABC News
  • Bush Family Won't Endorse Trump
    Neither George W. Bush nor his father George H.W. Bush will endorse presumptive Republican nominee Donald Trump, according to the younger Bush's personal aide. Trump became the GOP's presidential candidate-in-waiting after John Kasich ended his campaign on Tuesday. —The Texas Tribune

International News

  • Syrian Ceasefire Extended to Aleppo
    An agreement has been reached between Russia and the US to extend the ceasefire in Syria to the city of Aleppo. The Syrian army confirmed the ceasefire, which began at midnight, saying there would be a "regime of calm" in place for the next 48 hours. The US State Department said there had been a "decrease in violence." —Al Jazeera
  • State of Emergency Declared in Alberta
    A state of emergency has been declared in the province of Alberta in Canada after a wildfire forced all 88,000 residents of Fort McMurray to evacuate. Officials warned the blaze could destroy much of the city since the fire has resisted all suppression methods. Several oil companies operating in the province have shut down pipelines. —CBC News
  • Turkey PM Set to Resign
    Turkey's Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoglu is expected to resign after a reported rift with President Tayyip Erdogan. Davutoglu is also the leader of the ruling AK Party, and an "extraordinary congress" is now expected later this month to allow for the election of a new party head. —The Guardian
  • Australian ISIS Recruiter Killed in Iraq
    An Australian man said to be a leading recruiter for the Islamic State has been killed by a US airstrike in Iraq. Neil Prakash was the country's "most prominent" ISIS recruiter and had been "actively inspiring and inciting terrorism attacks within Australia," said the Australian attorney general. —CNN

Everything Else

  • Feds Join Prince Death Inquiry
    Federal authorities, including the US attorney's office in Minnesota and the DEA, have joined the investigation into the artist's death. An addiction doctor confirmed he was set to meet Prince a day before he died. —VICE News
  • Weed Legalization Set for California Ballot
    Supporters of a drive to legalize recreational marijuana in California say they have collected 600,000 signatures, enough to qualify for the state's November ballot. The measure would allow anyone over 21 to possess up to an ounce of weed.—TIME
  • White House to Investigate AI
    The White House is going to spend the summer researching how the government should deal with artificial intelligence. The administration's AI research program will look at how to regulate self-driving cars, drones, and worker robots. —Motherboard
  • Brooklyn's Cement-Shoe Corpse Identified
    Police have identified a dead body washed found ashore in Brooklyn with cemented shoes. The man was 28-year-old Peter Martinez, a career criminal with 31 prior arrests. NYPD's chief of detectives said it was "obviously a homicide." —VICE

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Correction: An earlier version of this article stated there was a state of emergency in Alaska, rather than Alberta.