The VICE Morning Bulletin

The VICE Morning Bulletin

The fatal police shooting of Alton Sterling sparks protests in Louisiana, a new Iraq war report criticizes Tony Blair's role, Snoop Dogg will headline the Democratic National Convention concert, and more.
July 6, 2016, 9:49am

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

US News

Fatal Police Shooting Sparks Protests in Louisiana
Protesters gathered outside a Baton Rouge convenience store overnight, chanting "black lives matter" after Louisiana police shot and killed a 37-year-old black man selling music outside the store. Video footage circulating online, filmed by a witness, appears to show Alton Sterling being shot after he is pinned to the ground.—NBCNews


Trump Says Clinton Emails Endangered the Nation
Hillary Clinton has been heavily criticized for her use of emails after FBI Director James Comey said she was "extremely careless" in handling classified material. Comey decided "no charges are appropriate," but Donald Trump accused Clinton of putting the "entire country in danger," and said voters will be "the final jury."—Los Angeles Times


Tennessee University Settles Sex Assault Lawsuit
The University of Tennessee-Knoxville has agreed to pay $2.48 million to settle a lawsuit filed by eight women over the institution's response to reports of sexual assaults. The eight women alleged the university created a disciplinary process that heavily favored athletes under investigation.—The Tennessean

Senior Navy Official Points Gun at Teenagers
Karnig Ohannessian, the deputy assistant secretary of the Navy for Environment, is under investigation after video shows him pointing a gun at a group of young men outside his home. He claimed the teenagers were drunk and making noise. No charges have been filed against him, but the Navy is investigating.—CBS News

Former British prime minister Tony Blair. Photo via Chatham House Flickr account

International News

Yemeni Army Base Hit by Double Car Bomb Attack
At least six Yemeni soldiers were killed and dozens more were wounded in a double car bomb attack at a military base in the city of Aden near the international airport. The attackers detonated a car bomb near the entrance of the army base, allowing a second car to drive inside where it also blew up.—Al Jazeera

Blair Heavily Criticized in Official Iraq War Report
Former prime minister Tony Blair is facing fresh calls to apologize for the Iraq war, after the official UK report into Britain's role criticized the Blair government for going to war without a firm legal basis, mishandling intelligence, and failing to plan properly for post-war Iraq. Sir John Chilcot, author of the report, said intelligence on weapons of mass destruction was "presented with certainty that was not justified." – BBC News


Oscar Pistorius Sentenced to Six Years for Murder
Former Paralympian Oscar Pistorius was sentenced to six years in jail for murdering his girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp three years ago. Pistorius was freed from a prison in the South African capital Pretoria last year after serving only one year for culpable homicide, but an appeals court then upgraded the conviction to murder.—CNN


Columbian Rebels Will Stop Collecting War Taxes
The leader of the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC) has ordered his troops to stop collecting taxes in territories it dominates. Timoleón, known as Timochenko, said he wanted to underline the FARC's commitment to the peace talks with the government that has already produced a definitive ceasefire.—VICE News

Snoop Dogg. Photo via Fickr user Jason Pearce

Everything Else

Snoop to Headline DNC Concert
Snoop Dogg will headline a "unity party" on the final night of the Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia, hosted by the pro-Hillary superPAC. Snoop has previously talked about how much he "would love to see a woman in office."—Variety


Mumford and Sons Boycott Swedish Festival
Mumford and Sons have refused to play future gigs at Bravalla, the Swedish music festival where 17 women were reported victims of sexual assault at the weekend. "We're gutted by these hideous reports," said the band in a Facebook post.—Jezebel


Man Reports Father to Police for Torching His Weed
An angry young Australian man in the town of Humpty Doo called police after his dad burned his cannabis plants in a bonfire. No charges were filed. "The evidence has been destroyed, as has the son's reputation," said a police officer.—ABC News


FTC Investigating Ashley Madison over Fembots
The Federal Trade Commission is investigating claims made by former clients of Ashley Madison who paid to have a "guaranteed affair" and instead spent hours chatting with fembots. Previous reports allege 70,000 fembots were created.—VICE News


Weed-Growing Game Wants to Help Legalization
Former Call of Duty developer Danny Hammett has created a new mobile game called Hemp Inc., which allows players to grow weed, sell it, and interact with Willie Nelson. Hammett hopes to "subliminally" influence awareness of marijuana laws.—VICE

Mexico City Tells Women to Whistle if Sexually Harassed
Mexico City's authorities have handed out 15,000 plastic whistles to women in an effort to combat sexual harassment. Women's rights advocates condemned the plan for putting the burden of protection from harassment onto victims.—VICE News