Massacre, Corruption, and Assault Allegations: The VICE Morning Bulletin
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Cops Search for Motive in Historic Texas Church Massacre
At least 26 people were killed and another 20 wounded Sunday when a gunman opened fire at a small, rural Texas church during morning service. Suspected shooter Devin Patrick Kelley, a former member of the US Air Force, reportedly stormed First Baptist Church in Sutherland Springs, Texas, with a military-grade rifle, tactical gear, and extra ammunition, firing the first shots just after the 11 AM service began. He fled the scene and was later found dead in his car.—The New York Times/VICE News
Trump on Texas Shooting: Not a 'Guns Situation'
President Trump said Sunday's attack was a "mental health" issue during a news conference with Japan's prime minister Shinzo Abe in Tokyo. "This isn't a guns situation," he told reporters. "This is a mental-health problem at the highest level. It's a very, very sad event."—VICE News
Belgian Judge Releases Former Catalan President
After they were questioned by Belgian police, Carles Puigdemont and four other members of the dismissed Catalan parliament can walk free, at least for now. They're due back in court sometime in the next 15 days, and are required to remain in Belgium until that hearing. Spain issued a European arrest warrant for the five separatist politicians on Friday.—The Guardian
Saudi Leader Carries Out Purge Under Corruption Mantle
The crown prince of Saudi Arabia ordered police to arrest 11 members of the royal family over the weekend as part of a flashy bid to at least appear to be cracking down on corruption. According to Saudi officials, dozens of ministers, top businessmen, and other officials were also detained. Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, recently named successor to the King, is apparently moving to consolidate his grip on power.—Reuters/VICE News
Crystal Castles Member Sues Alice Glass over Assault Allegations
In the wake of Ethan Kath's former bandmate Alice Glass publicly accusing him of emotionally and sexually abusing and assaulting her over a long period, Kath is suing her for defamation. Glass said she left Crystal Castles, a band they started together, to escape Kath's abuse. He insisted she left because of unrelated drug and mental health issues.—Noisey
'Thor: Ragnarok' Dominates the Box Office
The film was estimated to take in at least $121 million USD during its opening weekend, making the fourth best debut of 2017. IT opened to slightly larger ticket sales, raking in $123.4 million USD, and Beauty and the Beast is still at the top of the heap with sales of $174.8 million USD in its first weekend.—Variety
Diddy Changes Name to 'Brother Love'
After swapping Sean Combs for a host of other monikers—including Puff Daddy, P. Diddy, and Diddy—the music mogul announced he was once again changing his name. "I know it's risky because it could come off as corny to some people," he said in a video posted to Twitter. "So my new name is Love, a.k.a. Brother Love. I will not be answering to Puffy, Diddy, Puff Daddy, or any of my other monikers."—Billboard