The VICE Morning Bulletin

The VICE Morning Bulletin

Former Trump campaign chair worked for Russian billionaire with ties to Putin, Canada considers electronics ban, dozens watched sexual assault streamed live on Facebook, and more.

by VICE Staff
Mar 22 2017, 2:37pm

US News

Manafort Worked for Russian Billionaire with Ties to Putin, Documents Show
Former Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort worked for Russian businessman Oleg Deripaska to help destabilize former Soviet countries, according to newly uncovered documents. In 2006, Manafort allegedly signed a $10 million contract with Deripaska, a close ally of Vladimir Putin, and worked with him until 2009. In a memo in which he pitched his own usefulness, Manafort said he was "offering a great service that can re-focus… the policies of the Putin government."—AP

Dozens Watched Sexual Assault Streamed on Facebook Live
The sexual assault of a 15-year-old girl in Chicago was streamed on Facebook Live and watched in real time by roughly 40 viewers, none of whom contacted the police. The victim's mother showed the footage to police Monday after she discovered it. Chicago police spokesman Anthony Guglielmi said up to five or six males were involved in the alleged assault and "good progress" was being made in identifying suspects.—The Washington Post

Gun Violence Generated More Than $6 Billion in Healthcare Costs
A new study shows gunshot injuries cost Americans $6.61 billion in healthcare between 2006 and 2014. Researchers at Stanford University Medical Center found that more than 250,000 patients were admitted for gunshot wounds in that period. The hospitalizations cost an average of $734 million per year, with 40 percent of the costs paid under Medicare and Medicaid.—Motherboard

Uber Board Stands by President After 500,000 Requests Made to Delete App
Arianna Huffington, a member of Uber's board, said in a conference call to journalists that she and her colleagues still have faith in CEO Travis Kalanick, despite recent scandals covered widely by the media. The ride-share company saw roughly 500,000 requests to delete its app during the week the #DeleteUber campaign went viral, according to three unnamed employees familiar with the data. The campaign gained traction when Uber was accused of trying to take advantage of January's New York City taxi driver protests.—The New York Times

International News

North Korean Missile Explodes on Launch
An attempted missile launch by North Korea has failed, exploding "within seconds" of the launch, according to US officials in the Pacific. Meanwhile, Choe Myong Nam, North Korea's deputy ambassador at the UN, said the country was "not afraid" of the US threat of economic sanctions and vowed Pyongyang would continue to pursue "pre-emptive strike capabilities."—CNN / Reuters

Bomb Attacks in Nigeria Leave Four Dead, 18 Injured
Bomb attacks at refugee camps in Maiduguri, northeastern Nigeria, have left four people dead and another 18 injured. The camps have principally been serving those fleeing the militant group Boko Haram.—Reuters

Canada Eyes Its Own Electronics Ban
Canada has considered implementing a ban on electronic devices larger than a cellphone on inbound flights from a handful of Muslim-majority countries after the US and the UK instituted those carry-on restrictions. Canadian transportation minister Marc Garneau said he was "analyzing very carefully" the country's position on the ban after he consulted with the US Department of Homeland Security about possible threats.—VICE News

Pakistan Sticks with Military Courts for Terrorists
Pakistan's lower house of parliament has voted to continue to operate the country's military courts, used to try suspected terrorists, for another two years. The tribunals for civilians were established on a temporary, two-year basis after the killing of more than 150 people at a school in Peshawar in 2014.—Al Jazeera

Everything Else

Wyclef Jean Demands Investigation into Profiling
Wyclef Jean is demanding a "formal investigation into racial profiling" after police in Los Angeles handcuffed and detained him in connection with a robbery. The LAPD partly blamed "Mr. Jean's furtive movements and demeanor" in the case of mistaken identity.—ABC News

Twitter Shut Down 377,000 Accounts
Twitter suspended roughly 377,000 accounts in the second half of last year for allegedly promoting terrorism. The company said it had received 88 orders and requests from around the world to remove journalism in the same period but did not act on them.—Fortune

Spring Breakers Getting Remade as TV Series
Harmony Korine's film Spring Breakers is reportedly getting remade as a TV series. Two of the original producers are bringing it to the small screen via Blackpills, a soon-to-launch digital channel specializing in short scripted content.—i-D

Two Shoppers Ride Horse Through a Texas Walmart
Walmart has condemned two guys riding their horses through a branch in Houston as a "reckless stunt." A video of the trot through the store was posted on Facebook by Woody Fields, in which he and his friend repeat the phrase: "We is in Wally World."—VICE