The VICE Morning Bulletin

The VICE Morning Bulletin

FBI boss testifies about Russian election interference and Trump's wiretapping claim, Paris attacker had used cocaine and alcohol, Baltimore launches manhunt for alleged arsonist, and more.

by VICE Staff
Mar 20 2017, 3:10pm

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US News

FBI Director Testifies at Hearing on Russia, Wiretapping
James Comey is expected to testify about purported links between members of the Trump campaign and Russian operatives when testifying Monday before the House Intelligence Committee. The FBI director will also likely be asked about President Trump's claim that Barack Obama had the sitting president wiretapped during the 2016 election. Representative Adam Schiff, the ranking Democrat on the committee, said Sunday there was "circumstantial evidence of collusion" between the Trump campaign and Russia. However, Devin Nunes, the Republican Committee chair, denied such evidence exists.—CNN/NBC News

Ukraine Wants to Question Paul Manafort
Former Trump campaign manager Paul Manafort is being called to testify in a corruption case involving the country's former justice minister. Ukrainian officials said they appealed to US authorities for help in questioning Manafort seven times but never received a reply.—CNN

Baltimore Launches Manhunt for 'Public Enemy Number One'
The Baltimore Police Department is searching for a man suspected of deliberately starting a house fire in the city that killed two people and injured six others. Antonio Wright, 26, now wanted for murder, was described by Baltimore's police commissioner as "public enemy number one." The two individuals who died in the fire were teenagers, and it apparently followed a shooting dispute days earlier.—ABC News

Three US Troops Shot by Afghan Soldier
An Afghan solider shot and wounded three US troops at a base in Helmand Province, a region of southern Afghanistan. The Afghan soldier was shot dead to end what one Navy captain termed an "attack." An Afghan military spokesman, however, claimed the incident had been a "mistake" and the solider had fired at US troops accidentally.—AP

International News

Syrian Rebels Launch Surprise Attack in Damascus
Rebel groups in Damascus attacked Syrian government territory Sunday, prompting government jets to strike areas held by the rebels in the city's east a day later. The Syrian government reportedly killed at least 15 civilians during the airstrike.— Al Jazeera

Paris Airport Attacker Had Used Cocaine and Alcohol
A toxicology report prepared by French authorities showed the man who attacked Paris's Orly airport Saturday had consumed alcohol, cocaine, and weed. Ziyed Ben Belgacem, 39, was killed by soldiers after he put a gun to a guard's head and said he wanted "to die for Allah." Belgacem's father said his son was not an observant Muslim.—BBC News

Mexican Investigators Find 47 More Skulls at Burial Sites
Forensic investigators searching for suspected victims of Mexico's drug cartels have discovered 47 skulls and other body parts in unmarked graves in Veracruz, a state on the country's eastern coast. The discovery follows a similar find last week, when authorities unearthed 250 skulls at a separate site in the state.—Reuters

Norway Named Happiest Nation on Earth
Norway is the happiest nation in the word, according to a study conducted in coordination with the United Nations. Norway knocked Denmark from the top spot with the release of the annual World Happiness Report, which measures trust, inequality, and confidence in government. The US dropped from 13th to 14th on the list.—CNBC News

Everything Else

'Beauty and the Beast' Enjoys Biggest-Ever PG Debut
Disney's Beauty and the Beast raked in $170 million at the US box office this weekend, setting a new record opening for a G- or PG-rated movie. Finding Nemo, the previous record holder, took in $135 million. The live action remake of Disney's classic fairytale earned an additional $180 million around the world.—AP

Katy Perry Was Taught to 'Pray the Gay Away'
Pop star Katy Perry spoke out about being taught to "pray the gay away" at Christian youth camps. Accepting the National Equality Award from the Human Rights Campaign, Perry suggested "I Kissed a Girl" was based on her own experiences. "Truth be told," she said, "I did more than that."—The Guardian

Uber President Quits and Criticizes Company
Uber's president, Jeff Jones, has resigned from the company less than seven months after he joined it. His departure follows the resignation Uber's former COO, Amit Singhal, who was asked to step down after the media reported he'd been accused of sexual harassment at a previous job. "The beliefs and approach to leadership that have guided my career," Jones said in a statement to Reuters, "are inconsistent with what I saw and experienced at Uber."—Reuters

Father John Misty Drops Three Shiny Pop Tracks
Father John Misty has released three new songs: "Generic Pop Song #3," "Generic Pop Song #9," and "Generic Pop Song #16." The former Fleet Foxes drummer is slated to release a new album, Pure Comedy, on April 7.—Noisey

New Health Domain Aims to Sift Bunk Info from Real
Miami-based company dotHealth has launched a new domain suffix to help internet users identify legitimate sources of medical information: ".health." The suffix will be made available to trademarked companies in May. The company hopes ".health" will, eventually, take a place next to identifiers like ".gov" and ".edu."—Motherboard