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The VICE Morning Bulletin

The VICE Morning Bulletin

Trump to ditch Obamacare subsides, Amazon Studios executive suspended over harassment claims, body count reaches 31 in California fires, and more.
Drew Schwartz
Brooklyn, US

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

US News

Trump Decides to Ditch Obamacare Subsides
The Trump administration will stop paying subsidies to insurers providing Affordable Care Act coverage, the White House announced Thursday night. A statement claimed the government "cannot lawfully make the cost-sharing reduction payments." Democratic leaders Chuck Schumer and Nancy Pelosi said it was "a spiteful act of vast, pointless sabotage." The Congressional Budget Office previously warned premiums would rise if the subsidies were cut.—VICE News/NBC News

Amazon Studios Boss Suspended Over Harassment Claims
Roy Price, the network's chief exec, has been placed on leave following allegations of harassment. Producer Isa Hackett claimed Price made unwanted sexual propositions and told her "you will love my dick." Separately, actress Rose McGowan returned to Twitter to accuse Harvey Weinstein of raping her, and said she had told Amazon Studios some time ago.—The Hollywood Reporter/VICE News


At Least 31 Killed in California Wildfires
Officials revised the death toll Thursday after more bodies were discovered and identified in the state's north, making the ongoing fires the deadliest ever seen in the state. Around 400 people are still believed missing. Sonoma County sheriff Robert Giordano warned that it might take months before all the bodies are identified.—VICE News

Puerto Rican Officials Respond to Trump's Warning
Governor Ricardo A. Rosselló was forced to plead for "equal treatment" after the president said on Twitter federal assistance would not last "forever." Rosselló said Puerto Rico was "not asking for anything that another US jurisdiction, having passed through the same situation, wouldn't be asking at this juncture." San Juan Mayor Carmen Yulín Cruz told Trump: "Tweet away your hate to mask your administration's mishandling of this humanitarian crisis."—The New York Times

International News

ISIS Bomb Attack Kills Dozens in Syria
At least 50 people died in a series of car bombings in Abu Fas, according to a Kurdish Red Crescent official. The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said displaced people from the Deir al-Zor region and Kurdish security personnel had been killed in the attack, reportedly carried out by ISIS.—Reuters

Soccer Legend Leads in Liberian Election
Early results from the country's presidential election show candidate George Weah, a former international soccer star, in the lead in 11 counties out of 15 across Liberia. According to the National Elections Commission, current vice president Joseph Boakai is winning the race in only one region.—BBC News


North Korea Experiences Another Small Earthquake
A 2.9 magnitude quake took place in the North Hamgyong Province early Friday, according to the United States Geological Survey. At least three tremors have taken place in the area since North Korea conducted a nuclear test on September 3. Experts have suggested the area around the Punggye-ri test site may now be unstable.—Reuters

Taliban Releases North American Family
US citizen Caitlan Coleman and her Canadian husband, Joshua Boyle, have been rescued after almost five years as the hostages of a Taliban-linked group. The Pakistani army conducted the operation to free them after US intelligence led them to a location in the tribal region near the Afghan border. The couple had three children while in captivity.—CNN

Everything Else

Former Model Accuses Oliver Stone of Groping Her
Ex-Playboy model Carrie Stevens claimed the movie director touched her chest and "honked it like a horn" at a party 20 years ago. The accusation followed equivocal remarks made by Stone about the Harvey Weinstein allegations. "I believe a man shouldn't be condemned by a vigilante system," he said.—New York Daily News

Gucci Mane Drops 'Members Only' Visuals
The artist shared the video for the song ahead of Friday's release of his new, 17-track album Mr. Davis. The Be El Be–directed clip shows the rapper driving a golf cart on a luxurious course in Ireland.—Rolling Stone

New 'Stranger Things' Soundtrack Song Released
Composers Kyle Dixon and Michael Stein dropped "Walkin' in Hawkins," a synth track appearing in the second season of the Netflix show. The full soundtrack will be released October 20, a week before Stranger Things returns.—Noisey

Russia Reportedly Used Pokémon Go in Election Interference
A Russian-connected social media account entitled "Don't Shoot Us" reportedly encouraged Pokémon Go users to name their characters after the victims of police shootings, an apparent attempt to fuel anger and division.—VICE News

Eric Wareheim Actually Selling Dr. Steve Brule's Sweet Berry Wine
The co-creator of the Tim and Eric Awesome Show, Great Job! created the beverage for his new wine label in honor of one of the show's most famous characters. Wareheim said both Tim Heidecker and actor John C. Reilly approved of making it a genuinely good wine.—VICE

Almost 40 Percent of Americans Adults Obese, Study Says
The latest study by the National Center for Health Statistics found 39.6 percent of the adult population to be obese, an almost 2 percent increase from the previous year. Almost 19 percent of young Americans were obese, the figures showed.—TIME