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Jury acquits leaders of Oregon standoff, 141 arrested at North Dakota pipeline protest, Hillary Clinton is reportedly considering Joe Biden for Secretary of State, and more.

by VICE Staff
Oct 28 2016, 1:30pm

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

US News

Key Players in Oregon Standoff Acquitted
A jury in Oregon on Thursday acquitted the seven leaders of an armed militia who took part in a standoff at a federal wildlife reserve this past January. The surprise verdict cleared Ammon Bundy and six co-defendants of firearms offenses and conspiring to impede federal employees. The FBI said it was "extremely disappointed in the verdict."—NBC News

Clinton Considering Joe Biden for Secretary of State
Hillary Clinton's team is reportedly considering vice president Joe Biden for her old gig of secretary of state if she wins the White House. But neither Clinton nor her aides are believed to have approached Biden yet, and it is not clear he would want the position.—Politico

Police Evict Dakota Pipeline Protesters
Armed police employing aggressive tactics like pepper spray ousted protesters from private land in the path of the Dakota Access oil pipeline on Thursday. 141 protesters were arrested during the six-hour operation to force peaceful activists off the property, according to the local sheriff.—AP

Trump Claims 'Dirty' Polls Are Rigged
Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump has been casting doubt on the legitimacy of the election for a while now, and said Thursday there is "tremendous dishonesty" in the "absolutely rigged" polling industry. Surveys generally show Hillary Clinton with a significant lead. —CBS News

International News

Iraqi Army Fighting to Reach Site of ISIS Executions
The Iraqi army on Thursday sought gains in Hamam al-Alil, a town south of Mosul, where ISIS is said to have executed dozens in hopes of discouraging local support for the government. Iraqi forces were doing what they could to dodge sniper fire and steer clear of suicide car bombs not far from where the killings took place.—Al Jazeera

Yemeni Rebels Launch Missile Toward Holy City
According to a Saudi-led coalition that has controversially intervened in Yemen's civil war, the country's Houthi militia deployed a ballistic missile at the holy city of Mecca Thursday. Coalition forces claim to have neutralized the missile a few dozen miles from the city, while Houthis claimed it was directed at King Abdulaziz International Airport in Jeddah.—Reuters

Nations Agree to Create World's Largest Marine Reserve
An international agreement between the European Union and 24 other countries will see the Ross Sea in Antarctica become the world's single largest marine protected area (MPA). Around 600,000 square miles of ocean will purportedly gain protection from commercial fishing for 35 years.—The New York Times

Syrian Rebels Make New Push for Western Aleppo
The Syrian Observatory for Human rights says rebels have fired "hundreds" of missiles into the western area of the city, killing at least 15 civilians, while reportedly also targeting al-Nayrab airport as part of a new offensive.—BBC News

Everything Else

Apple Reveals New MacBook Pro Touch Bar
On Thursday, tech giant Apple debuted the new version of its MacBook Pro laptop, with a new "Touch Bar" on the keyboard that basically makes the function keys obsolete. Touch ID, the company's signature biometric fingerprint feature, is part of the Touch Bar.—Motherboard

A Tribe Called Quest to Release Final Album
Classic 90s hip hop group A Tribe Called Quest say they will be releasing their final album this fall. MC Q-Tip explained on Twitter that his late fellow rapper Phife Dawg, who died in March, "left us with the blue print of what we had to do."—Rolling Stone

Duterte Says God Told Him to Stop Cursing
Deeply controversial President of the Philippines Rodrigo Duterte says he promised God on a plane trip home from Japan that he will stop using vulgar language. "I heard a voice telling me to stop swearing or the plane will crash in mid-air, and so I promised to stop," he said.—TIME

College Student Crashes Car While Taking Topless Selfie
A 19-year-old Texas A&M student crashed an SUV into a squad car after or while attempting to send a topless Snapchat selfie to her boyfriend, she told cops. Miranda Kay Rader posted $200 bond after being charged with drunk-driving offenses.—AP

Pussy Riot Member Compares Trump to Putin
Pussy Riot's Nadya Tolokno is speaking out about the similarities between Vladimir Putin and Donald Trump. "They both play on hatred," she said. "They don't have clear plans of what they want to do. They just use the rage that exists in people, political rage."—Noisey

Twitter Kills Off Vine
Four years after buying the video-sharing platform, Twitter announced that it was pulling the plug on Vine Thursday. The company also announced it is cutting 9 percent of its staff, or roughly 350 jobs.—VICE