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The VICE Morning Bulletin

The VICE Morning Bulletin

Roy Moore faces even more sexual assault allegations, California gunman allegedly killed and buried his wife, Senators to unveil bipartisan gun background check bill, and more.

by VICE Staff
Nov 16 2017, 3:55pm

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

US News

Several More Women Accuse Roy Moore of Harassment and Assault
Four more women accused the Alabama Republican of sexual misconduct Wednesday, adding pressure on the Senate candidate to drop out of the race. One woman alleged Moore groped her, while another said Moore tried to give her a “forceful” kiss. Two others said he pursued and pestered them when they worked in Gadsden, Alabama, as young women.—The New York Times / AL.com

Twitter Removes Verification from Some Alt-Right Accounts
The company has taken away “verified” tick badges from the accounts of alt-right figureheads like Richard Spencer and Jason Kessler, the activist behind the notorious “Unite the Right” rally in Charlottesville. Twitter expressed regret that verification had been “perceived as an endorsement,” and pledged to “prioritize” the removal of ticks from accounts breaching the site's guidelines.—CNET

California Gunman Allegedly Killed and Buried His Wife
Officers in Tehama County have found the dead body of Kevin Janson Neal’s (unidentified) wife under the floorboards of their home. Neal was fatally shot by police Tuesday after he went on a shooting spree in a small town that left at least four others dead and another ten injured.- NBC News

Senators to Unveil Bipartisan Gun Background Check Bill
Leading senators from both sides of the aisle are expected to introduce a bill to improve the federal database used to check gun buyers’ backgrounds. The legislation, helmed by Republican John Cornyn and Democrat Chris Murphy, is intended to compel states and federal agencies to provide more information on a buyers’ criminal history.—Politico

International News

Mugabe Said to Refuse to Step Down
Following a military takeover of his country, the Zimbabwean president is not willing to resign, according to a senior official. Catholic priest Fidelis Mukonori is reportedly acting as a mediator between the military and Mugabe, who remains detained at home. A spokesperson for opposition figurehead Morgan Tsvangirai said he had returned to Zimbabwe Wednesday, having been overseas for cancer treatment.—VICE News

Cambodian Supreme Court Outlaws Opposition Party
The court banned the Cambodia National Rescue Party (CNRP), the primary opposition to the country’s ruling party. Leading CNRP figure Mu Sochua said it was “the end of true democracy in Cambodia.” The party had been accused of a plan to overthrow the government.—BBC News

France Tries to Ease Lebanese Political Crisis
French President Emmanuel Macron invited Lebanese Prime Minister Saad Hariri and his family to France, but insisted he was not offering “exile.” Hariri has been in Saudi Arabia since announcing his resignation earlier this month. Lebanon’s Iran-tied Hezbollah movement has accused the Saudis of holding Hariri hostage.—The New York Times

Suicide Bomb Attack Leaves a Dozen Dead in Nigeria
Four suicide bombers detonated explosive devices in the city of Maiduguri Wednesday night, killing 12 others. State authorities said another 22 people were hospitalized with injuries. No group claimed responsibility for the attack, but Boko Haram militants have carried out similar, coordinated attacks in recent years.—AFP

Everything Else

Lil Peep Dies at 21
The rising Long Island emo-rap star’s manager Chase Ortega seemed to confirm reports Peep had died, without sharing the cause of death. He tweeted: "I’ve been expecting this call for a year. Mother fuck.”—Noisey

Drake Tells Fan to Quit Groping Girls
The star halted his performance of “Know Yourself” during an after-party in Sydney to shame a male audience member. “Stop putting your hands on girls,” said Drake, before security intervened on his behalf.—i-D

Leonardo Da Vinci Painting Goes for $450 Million
The sum paid by an unnamed buyer for da Vinci’s “Savior of the World” is the most ever paid for a work of art at auction. The previous record amount was the $179.4 million fetched by Picasso’s “Women of Algiers (Version O).”—AP

Tyler, The Creator Reveals Tour Dates
The star announced he is playing a series of shows in the US and Canada alongside Vince Staples early next year. DJ Taco is supporting the pair’s 23 dates, starting January 26 in Vancouver.—XXL

Showrunner for ‘The Royals’ Suspended After Harassment Claims
Lionsgate Television and the E! network said Mark Schwahn will not be working on the show while allegations of sexual misconduct are investigated. The harassment claims date back to the period Schwahn was showrunner for One Tree Hill.—The Hollywood Reporter

Scientists Discover Another Exoplanet
Astronomers at Yale Exoplanet Laboratory have located a potentially habitable, Earth-like planet 11 light years away. One year on Ross 128 b, the exoplanet orbiting a red dwarf star, lasts the equivalent of 9.9 days on Earth.—VICE News