The VICE Morning Bulletin

The State Department announced it will release all of Clinton's emails, Australia will close its offshore Manus Island detention center, Lady Gaga will star in Bradley Cooper's 'A Star Is Born' remake, and more.

by VICE Staff
Aug 17 2016, 9:21am

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

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US News

State Department to Release All Clinton Emails
The State Department has announced it will release all work-related emails recovered from Hillary Clinton's private servers. It will disclose all messages recovered by the FBI in response to a lawsuit from Judicial Watch, but it is not yet clear if the emails will be released before the election in November.—The Hill

Trump Says Milwaukee Shooting Justified
Donald Trump said initial evidence suggests the shooting of 23-year-old Sylville Smith by Milwaukee police was justified. "The gun was pointed at [a police officer's] head supposedly ready to be fired," said Trump. He also blamed Hillary Clinton for "peddling the narrative of cops as a racist force in our society."—BBC News

Blue Cut Fire Forces Evacuations in California
More than 82,000 people were under a mandatory order to evacuate Tuesday night as a fire raged across the Cajon Pass in Southern California. Two firefighters were hurt when they became briefly trapped by the so-called Blue Cut Fire. They were treated in hospital for minor injuries.—NBC News

Gawker Sold to Univision for $135 million
Spanish-language media company Univision has agreed to buy Gawker Media, as the winning bidder at a bankruptcy auction. The price tag is believed to be around $135 million. Gawker filed for bankruptcy protection earlier this year in order to avoid paying $140 million to Hulk Hogan, whose sex tape Gawker published in 2013.—VICE News

International News

Russia Uses Iran Base to Bomb Syria
The Russian military used an Iranian air force base to launch airstrikes against Syrian militants on Tuesday. It was the first time Russia has used the territory of another nation, apart from Syria itself, to launch strikes. The US State Department described the development as "unfortunate."—Reuters

North Korean Restaurant Defectors Released
A group of 13 North Koreans who defected to South Korea earlier this year have been released from custody in Seoul to begin their resettlement in South Korea. The group defected from a Pyongyang-run restaurant in China. According to reports, North Korea's deputy ambassador in London has also defected with his family.—BBC News

Son of El Chapo Kidnapped in Mexico
One of drug lord Joaquín "El Chapo" Guzmán's sons was among the suspected criminals abducted from a restaurant in Puerto Vallarta on Monday, according to officials. Jesús Alfredo Guzmán, 29, was one of six members of the Sinaloa cartel believed to have been seized by a rival gang, Jalisco New Generation.—VICE News

Australia to Close Offshore Detention Center
Australia has agreed to close its controversial detention center for asylum seekers on Papua New Guinea. Peter O'Neill, the prime minister of Papua New Guinea, said Australia's immigration minister Peter Dutton had agreed the center must close, but there is no detail on what will happen to the 854 men held there.—The Guardian

Everything Else

Taylor Swift Donates $1 Million to Flood Relief
Taylor Swift is donating $1 million to relief efforts in Louisiana after floods in the state killed ten people and left tens of thousands displaced. "I encourage those who can to help out and send your love and prayers," said Swift.—AP

Lady Gaga to Lead Star Is Born Remake
Gaga will star in a remake of the classic musical A Star Is Born alongside Bradley Cooper, who will make his directorial debut. The singer tweeted she felt "elated" to be chosen for the Warner Bros. project.—TIME

Fourth Gold for Simone Biles
Simone Biles closed out her 2016 Olympics by winning the floor exercise and her fourth gold medal from Rio. No female gymnast has won more events at a single Olympic Games.—CNN

Alberta to Ban Bear Hunting with Spears
Officials in Canada's Alberta province plan to ban spear hunting after US hunter Josh Bowmar posted a video of himself impaling a black bear. Bowmar, 26, was criticized for uploading a video of the hunt on YouTube.—CBC News

Vanderbilt Removes Confederate Name from Dorm
Vanderbilt University is spending $1.2 million to take out "Confederate" from the name of one of its residence halls. The Tennessee university will change "Confederate Memorial Hall" to "Memorial Hall."—VICE News

Habitual Weed Smoking Skyrockets
A new paper in the Journal of Drug Issues has found the regularity of weed use has increased. People who smoke every day consume two-thirds of all weed. It means habitual use has tripled since the 1990s.—VICE