The VICE Morning Bulletin

The VICE Morning Bulletin

Comey asked for more cash to probe Russia-Trump ties before firing, Michael Flynn subpoenaed by Senate, DHS set to ban laptops on flights from Europe, and more.

by VICE Staff
May 11 2017, 2:44pm

Photo by Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images

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

US News

Comey Asked for More Russia Probe Money Before Being Fired
Former FBI director James Comey asked for more resources for the bureau's investigation into Russia's interference in the US presidential election before he was fired by President Trump. Meanwhile, as questions mounted about the reason for Comey's dismissal, Deputy Attorney General Rod J. Rosenstein reportedly threatened to resign, unhappy about being cast as playing the decisive role in the move.—VICE/The Washington Post

Michael Flynn Subpoenaed by Senate Committee
The Senate Intelligence Committee subpoenaed former national security adviser Michael Flynn on Wednesday, demanding he hand over documents related to its investigation of Russia's involvement in last year's presidential election. The subpoena follows an earlier request for material that Flynn rejected in April, after he asked for legal immunity in return for his cooperation.—VICE News

Taxi Companies Fined for Fleecing Migrant Passengers
New York's state attorney general has fined three taxi companies for gouging fares when taking undocumented migrants into Canada. Northern Taxi, Town Taxi, and C&L Taxi all copped to "not posting rates as required by law" and will pay penalties of up to $2,500. Eric Schneiderman, the state attorney general, said taking advantage of migrants was "simply unconscionable."—Reuters

DHS May Ban Laptops on Flights from Europe
The Department of Homeland Security is considering expanding its ban on carry-on electronics to flights from Europe. In March, all devices larger than cellphones were banned on flights to the US from ten countries in the Middle East and Africa. An intelligence official said concerns remain about radicalized citizens in Europe.—The New York Times

International News

NATO Leader and Angela Merkel Discuss Troop Increase in Afghanistan
NATO's secretary general, Jens Stoltenberg, will meet German chancellor Angela Merkel on Thursday to discuss sending additional troops to Afghanistan. Stoltenberg said NATO's military leaders have asked for "a few thousand" more soldiers for the organization's training and support role. Merkel is apparently cautious about committing more German troops to the region.—Al Jazeera

Austria Finds Asylum Seeker Guilty of Syrian War Crimes
A 27-year-old man who was arrested in Austria while seeking asylum has been found guilty of killing 20 people in Syria and handed a life sentence by a court in Innsbruck. The unnamed man, who reportedly grew up in a Palestinian refugee camp in Syria, told other asylum seekers in Austria that he had killed government soldiers while fighting for the Free Syrian Army–affiliated Farouq Brigade.—BBC News

Collapsing Wall Kills at Least 24 at Indian Wedding
At least 24 people were killed late Wednesday when a wall collapsed onto wedding guests in the Bharatpur district of Rajasthan, India. Another 28 were wounded when the fallen wall pinned guests inside a hall and a small shed built alongside it. Police have already filed a case of culpable homicide against the building owner.—AP

Russian Blogger Convicted for Playing 'Pokémon Go' in Church
A 22-year-old Russian blogger has been found guilty of inciting religious hatred after he posted an online video of himself playing Pokémon Go in a Russian Orthodox church. The courts gave Ruslan Sokolovsky a suspended prison sentence and 160 hours of community service.—Reuters

Everything Else

Donald Glover to Create Animated 'Deadpool' Series
Donald Glover will co-write and co-executive-produce a new animated show about Marvel superhero Deadpool for FXX. Glover is working on the ten-episode series, with his brother and Atlanta collaborator Stephen.—Variety

FOX Discloses $45 Million in Legal Settlements for Roger Ailes
FOX News' parent company, 21st Century Fox (which has a small stake in VICE Media), revealed in a SEC filing that it spent $45 million on legal settlements related to sexual harassment allegations involving former chairman Roger Ailes in the last year and change alone.—USA Today

Thom Yorke to Score 'Suspiria' Remake
Radiohead frontman, Thom Yorke, will score his very first soundtrack: a remake of the cult-horror classic Suspiria starring Dakota Johnson and Chloë Grace Moretz. "We could not find a better partner than Thom," said director Luca Guadagnino.—Pitchfork

The xx Announces Three-Day Festival in Iceland
The xx is bringing its Night + Day festival to Iceland, having done stints in London, Lisbon, and Berlin. The three-day festival in July will feature the British chillwave band alongside Warpaint and Earl Sweatshirt, among others.—i-D

Astrophysicist Converts Trappist-1 Orbits into Music
Matt Russo, an astrophysicist and musician, has created a piece of music based on the Trappist-1 star system's planetary orbits.—Motherboard

Power Tool Thief Escapes on Top of Speeding Car
Philadelphia police are searching for a thief who allegedly stole power tools from Home Depot, punched a cop in the face, and then jumped onto the hood of a Honda as it sped away. Joseph Diperso, 26, has previously been arrested for robbery.—VICE