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The VICE Morning Bulletin

The VICE Morning Bulletin

Hugh Hefner dies at 91, White House set to slash refugee admissions, Trump "not happy" about Tom Price's private jet fiasco, and more.

VICE Staff

VICE Staff

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

US News

Trump 'Not Happy' About Tom Price's Private Jet Fiasco
The president revealed he's annoyed with the health and human services secretary, Tom Price, after the Cabinet member used private jets extensively, costing taxpayers at least $400,000 since May. Trump said: "I am not happy about it. I'm going to look at it… I let him know." Separately, EPA chief Scott Pruitt has reportedly also been using private planes, costing taxpayers more than $58,000 since June.—Politico/CBS News

White House Moves to Slash Refugee Numbers
The White House is pushing a plan to cap the number of refugees accepted by the US for resettlement to just 45,000 in the coming fiscal year, the lowest level in decades. Lawmakers in Congress now have a chance to discuss the recommendation, but President Trump is expected to make a final decision by Saturday.—VICE News

Mark Zuckerberg Denies Anti-Trump Bias
The Facebook CEO insisted his social media platform was "for everyone" following the president's denunciation of the network as "always anti-Trump." "Trump says Facebook is against him," Zuckerberg said. "Liberals say we helped Trump. Both sides are upset about ideas and content they don't like. That's what running a platform for all ideas looks like."—VICE News

Steve Bannon Taunts Trump Over Alabama Primary Win
The former White House chief strategist urged President Trump to "listen to the people" after Bannon-backed candidate Roy Moore won the GOP primary for Alabama's Senate seat. "I think we're 6–0 in these elections," Bannon claimed on behalf of Trump's ultra-conservative base. "President Trump is 5–1. Oops! Did I say that? He's 5-1."—CBS News

International News

Turkish Airstrike Kills 13 Kurdish Fighters
The Turkish military said it had bombed a site in the Kurdish region of northern Iraq, leaving 13 fighters from the Kurdistan Workers Party dead. The military said it suspected the militants were "preparing for an attack." Turkish authorities are concerned that the referendum held by Iraqi Kurds—more than 92 percent of whom voted in favor of independence—could lead to a rise in separatist activity in Turkey.—Reuters/Al Jazeera

Volcano Forces Evacuation of Vanuatu Island
The whole population of Vanuatu's Ambae island in the Pacific Ocean has been given orders to evacuate following the eruption of a volcano. Most of the 11,000 residents will reportedly be moved to Pentecost Island after officials said the Manaro Voui volcano could produce acid rain along with ash, rocks, and volcanic gas.—BBC News

Dozen Killed in Afghanistan Bomb Attack
At least 12 members of the security services were killed and four others injured when a Humvee exploded at a police and government outpost in the Afghan Province of Kandahar. The Taliban said one of its suicide bombers had carried out the attack in the Maroof area.—Al Jazeera

Former Thai Prime Minister Said to Be Hiding in Dubai
Thailand's military government believes former prime minister Yingluck Shinawatra, given a five-year prison sentence for negligence this week, is in Dubai after fleeing her homeland in August. Current PM Prayuth Chan-ocha said the foreign ministry had prepared a report "indicating that she is in Dubai."—AP

Everything Else

Hugh Hefner Dies, Aged 91
The Playboy founder has died of natural causes at home in his notorious mansion, the company announced. Cooper Hefner said his father was "a leading voice behind some of the most significant social and cultural movements of our time."—VICE

Young Dolph Shooting Suspect Arrested
Police in Los Angeles have detained 43-year-old Corey McClendon and accused him of the attempted murder of the Memphis rapper. Young Dolph is in "critical but stable" condition after he was shot Tuesday outside a hotel in Hollywood.—USA Today

Tidal Reveals Lineup for Brooklyn Benefit Show
JAY-Z, Jennifer Lopez, Cardi B, DJ Khaled, and Daddy Yankee will all perform at the Tidal X: Brooklyn concert next month. All proceeds are going to relief groups working with those affected by recent hurricanes and the earthquake in Mexico.—Rolling Stone

50 Cent Claims Trump Offered Him $500,000
The actor-producer-rapper said he turned the sum down after being asked to make an appearance for the Trump campaign during the election last year. "They were having issues with the African American vote," 50 Cent told DJ Ebro Darden on Hot 97.—Noisey

US and Russia to Collaborate on Moon Station
NASA and the Russian space agency Roscosmos announced they will work together on the Deep Space Gateway—a plan to put a station "in the vicinity of the Moon." The base would reportedly allow for a crew of four astronauts.—Motherboard

Australian Rugby Fans Angry at Macklemore
The artist is set to play the National Rugby League final's halftime show this Sunday, upsetting some fans by planning to play pro-same sex marriage song "Same Love." Others are annoyed Macklemore's rehearsal forced one team to cancel a practice session.—Noisey