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The VICE Morning Bulletin

The VICE Morning Bulletin

Irma kills at least 19 in Caribbean, storms force ICE to scrap "mega" immigration raids, court extends list of relatives exempt from travel ban, and more.

by VICE Staff
Sep 8 2017, 2:34pm

Photo by LIONEL CHAMOISEAU/AFP/Getty Images

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

US News

Storms Force ICE to Scrap 'Mega' Immigration Raids
US Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) has put a hold on reported plans to detain 8,400 undocumented immigrants because of Hurricane Harvey and Hurricane Irma. The Department of Homeland Security's agents had apparently been set to carry out "Operation Mega" later in September, "the largest operation of its kind in the history of ICE," a memo revealed. But a spokesperson said extreme weather events had shifted priorities in favor of "life-saving and life-sustaining activities."—NBC News

Florida Police Helping Bring Gas to Evacuation Zones
Florida governor Rick Scott has asked police to escort fuel tankers and gas station workers so people in evacuation zones can fill up their vehicles and leave ahead of Hurricane Irma's arrival. Scott urged gas stations "to stay open as long as possible so people can get out." Irma is expected to reach Florida Sunday, with "life-threatening" floods projected to rock the state's southern regions. Authorities in Miami-Dade County increased mandatory evacuation orders to 650,000 residents Thursday.—CBS News/VICE News

Education Secretary Wants to Revamp Sex Assault Guidelines for Colleges
The Department of Education may change the Obama administration's guidelines for how colleges are required to address sexual assault claims, Education Secretary Betsy DeVos has revealed. DeVos said she wanted to bring in an "effective and fair system" that ensured those accused of sexual assault got "due process."—VICE News/CNN

Court Extends List of Relatives Exempt from Trump Travel Ban
The Ninth US Circuit Court of Appeals ruled Thursday that grandparents and other close relatives of people already in the US should be exempt from the Trump administration's travel ban. The three-judge panel also decided refugees sponsored by a resettlement organization should be permitted to enter the US.—VICE News

International News

At Least 33 Killed as Earthquake Rocks Southern Mexico
At least 33 people were killed in Mexico when a magnitude 8.2 earthquake hit just before midnight on Thursday. Tremors from the quake, which came off the southern coast, toppled buildings in Oaxaca state and battered Chiapas. The Pacific Tsunami Warning Center put tsunami alerts in place for Mexico and several nations in central America.—BBC News

Hurricane Irma Kills at Least 19 in the Caribbean
At least 19 people have been killed by Hurricane Irma, the storm continuing its devastating sweep across the Caribbean en route to Florida. The hurricane hit the Dominican Republic and Turks and Caicos Thursday, and reached the Bahamas Friday. Cuba has begun to evacuate roughly 36,000 people in coastal resort areas.—Reuters

Australians Give Up Roughly 26,000 Guns During Amnesty
Australians have handed about 26,000 guns to authorities since a national period of firearms amnesty took effect July 1, the country's justice ministry has revealed. The plan was designed to combat the rise in illegal gun ownership and the threat of terrorist attacks.—ABC Online

Russian Strike Leaves About 40 ISIS Militants Dead, Officials Claim
A Russian airstrike on an underground ISIS bunker near the Syrian city of Deir al-Zor has left dozens of militants dead, according to Russia's defense ministry. Officials specifically claimed to have killed Abu Muhammad al-Shimali, the commander said to be in charge of ISIS' foreign recruits.—Reuters

Everything Else

'Game of Thrones' Viewed Illegally More Than 1 Billion Times
Episodes from the latest season of Game of Thrones were viewed illegally more than 1 billion times, according to piracy security firm MUSO. CEO Andy Chatterley said the level of prohibited downloading and streaming was "totally unprecedented."—The Washington Post

Prosecutors Ask Judge to Jail Martin Shkreli
Prosecutors have urged a federal judge to end Martin Shkreli's release on a bail bond as he awaits sentencing for securities fraud conviction. Prosecutors pointed to a Facebook post in which Shkreli asked people to obtain some of Hillary Clinton's hair.—CNBC News

The Foo Fighters and Weezer to Tour Together
The Foo Fighters and Weezer have announced that they will be doing six shows in Australia and New Zealand together in 2018. The Foo Fighters released another single from upcoming album Concrete and Gold Thursday, a track entitled "The Line."—Billboard

Zayn Releases New Track 'Dusk Till Dawn'
Zayn dropped a video for his new single "Dusk Till Dawn," a video filled with crime movie references directed by Marc Webb and starring actress Jemima Kirke. Malik also revealed that "some big people" feature on his forthcoming album.—i-D

Hackers Steal Details from 143 Million Equifax Customers
The credit monitoring company Equifax announced personal data for 143 million of its customers was stolen in a cyberattack. The hackers obtained around 209,000 credit card numbers, along with names, addresses, and Social Security numbers.—Motherboard

Feds Bust Crew Accused of Shoplifting $20 Million in Goods
Law enforcement officials began arresting alleged members of a shoplifting ring Wednesday, confiscating clothes and $30,000 in cash. The Department of Justice said 22 people are accused of stealing $20 million worth of goods from US stores over the course of a decade.—VICE