The VICE Morning Bulletin

The VICE Morning Bulletin

Prosecutors mull charges to arrest Assange, one cop killed in ISIS-claimed attack in Paris, Arkansas carries out first execution since 2005, and more.

by VICE Staff
Apr 21 2017, 2:32pm

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US News

Prosecutors Said to Be Preparing Charges for Assange Arrest
US prosecutors are apparently mulling a series of charges against WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange, who remains inside the Ecuadorian embassy in London. Anonymous officials indicated the Justice Department, after hesitating over free speech concerns under Barack Obama, has decided to seek Assange's arrest. Attorney General Jeff Sessions said arresting Assange was "a priority" and vowed that "whenever a case can be made, we will seek to put some people in jail."—CNN

Arkansas Carries Out First Execution Since 2005
Arkansas conducted its first execution since 2005 Thursday night. Ledell Lee, 51, was pronounced dead of lethal injection shortly before midnight after the Supreme Court rejected last-minute legal pleas. The state has been criticized for attempting to carry out a series of executions before a legal injection drug expires April 30.—CBS News

Off-Duty Cop Carries Gun and Bullets on Flight
An off-duty police officer was able to carry a gun in her carry-on luggage aboard a flight from Los Angeles to Taiwan. A spokesman for the Transportation Security Administration said those responsible for allowing Santa Monica PD officer Noell Grant to pass through LAX security with a gun and six bullets would be held "appropriately accountable."—BBC News

US Aid Worker Returns Home After Release by Egypt
US citizen Aya Hijazi flew home on a government jet after the Trump administration helped secure her release from prison in Egypt. The Egyptian American aid worker had been held for three years on child abuse and human-trafficking charges but won a legal reprieve this past weekend. Lawyers for Hijazi said they were "deeply grateful to President Trump for his personal engagement."—The New York Times

International News

One Policeman Killed, Two Others Wounded in Paris Attack
The Islamic State has claimed responsibility for a terror attack after one officer was shot dead and two others were seriously injured by a gunman on the Champs-Élysées in Paris Thursday evening. Security forces fatally shot the gunman. He has been identified as a 39-year-old French national and was reportedly known to security officials as a potential extremist.—VICE News

Police Arrest Suspect in Borussia Dortmund Bus Attack
Police have arrested a German Russian national suspected of planning last week's bomb attack on Borussia Dortmund's team bus in Germany. The federal prosecutor's office said the 28-year-old, named as Sergej W, had been charged with attempted murder, suspected of trying to profit from a fall in shares in the soccer club. He allegedly bought $83,600 worth of shares to short sell.—BBC News

Ahmadinejad Barred from Iranian Election
The former Iranian president Mahmoud Ahmadinejad has been barred from running in next month's presidential election by the Guardian Council, the state's vetting body. President Hassan Rouhani has been approved, as has Ebrahim Raisi, the staunch conservative cleric who is expected to be Rouhani's main opponent.—The Guardian

Venezuelan Protesters Vow to Stay on the Streets
Venezuela's opposition leaders promised to continue to demand President Nicolás Maduro holds elections, announcing a handful of new protests in the coming days. Activists are hyping protests on Friday, a silent march in Caracas Saturday, and a blockade on national highways Monday.—Reuters

Everything Else

Berkeley to Allow Ann Coulter Speech
The University of California, Berkeley has reversed its decision to cancel Ann Coulter's lecture at the school and will allow the controversial conservative to give a speech on immigration after all. The university said it would take place at an "appropriate, protectable venue" on May 2.—Los Angeles Times

'The X-Files' to Shoot Ten More Episodes
FOX has announced that The X-Files reboot is returning for another season. Executive producer Chris Carter and stars David Duchovny and Gillian Anderson have reportedly all agreed to do ten episodes for the 2017-2018 cycle.—The Hollywood Reporter

Lil Yachty Reveals Debut Album Details
Lil Yachty will release his debut album Teenage Emotions on May 26. The Atlanta rapper said the 21-song album—featuring Migos, Kamaiyah, and YG—captures "all aspects of teenagers and what they go through."—Noisey

Canadian Regulator Upholds Net Neutrality
The Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission ruled in favor of net neutrality Thursday, stressing that all web services should be treated equally by providers. The ruling means internet providers aren't allowed to privilege some services over others by differential pricing.—Motherboard

Indiana University Bans Athletes with Legal Convictions o Sexual Abuse
Indiana University Bloomington has banned student athletes with a history of convictions for sexual or domestic violence from taking part in its sports programs. The ban covers prospective freshmen and transfer applicants as well as current students.—VICE