Vegas, Weinstein, taxes: 5 things that happened Thursday

Las Vegas pays tribute to the victims of the Route 91 shootings Thursday, October 5, 2017. CREDIT: Glenn Pinkerton/Las Vegas News Bureau

Looking to get caught up on the news, fast? Here are the top five things that happened Thursday, covered by the Sinclair stations you trust every day.

1. Las Vegas shooting investigation continues on

Investigators are looking into whether gunman Stephen Paddock scoped out other music festivals in Las Vegas and Chicago after discovering he booked rooms overlooking the Lollapalooza festival in August and the Life Is Beautiful show in September.

The details came to light as investigators strained to figure out why the gambler opened fire on a crowd of 22,000 from the 32nd floor of the Mandalay Bay hotel casino in Las Vegas, killing 58 and wounding hundreds.

2. NRA, Republicans support some gun control

The National Rifle Association joined the Trump administration and congressional Republicans in an uncharacteristic embrace of a restriction on Americans' guns: regulating the "bump stock" devices the Las Vegas shooter apparently used to murder dozens.

The device fits a semi-automatic rifle to allow the weapon to fire continuously -- around 400 to 800 rounds in a single minute.

3. Harvey Weinstein denies sexual harassment report

Harvey Weinstein, the Hollywood executive and Oscar-winner, is taking a leave of absence from his company after a New York Times report revealing decades of sexual harassment against women, from employees to actress Ashley Judd.

Weinstein denied the claims; his attorney said in a statement that the story is "saturated with false and defamatory statements about Harvey Weinstein."

4. House moves closer to tax reform

The House passed a $4.1 trillion budget plan that promises cuts to social programs while clearing the way for the GOP to rewrite the tax code this year.

The measure reprises a controversial plan to turn Medicare into a voucher-like program for future retirees, as well as the party's efforts to repeal the Affordable Health Care Act.

5. Governor makes California a sanctuary state

California Gov. Jerry Brown signed legislation Thursday that extends protections for immigrants living in the state illegally.

Brown’s approval means that police will be barred from asking people about their immigration status or participating in federal immigration enforcement activities starting Jan. 1.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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