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Vegas, Trump, Tillerson: 5 things that happened Wednesday

President Donald J. Trump and First Lady Melania Trump visit with patient Tiffany Huizar of Santa Anna, Calif., Wednesday, October 4, 2017, at the University Medical Center of Southern Nevada, who was injured in the mass shooting, Sunday, October 1, 2017, in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Official White House Photo by Shealah Craighead)

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

1. Las Vegas shooting investigation continues

As investigators seek to uncover what motivated a white, wealthy male to kill 59 people and injure thousands, they hope his girlfriend -- recently voluntarily returned from the Philippines -- can shed some light on the matter.

Meanwhile, leaked photos of the hotel room where the gunman perched showed guns, ammunition and even the shooter's body.

2. Trump visits Vegas to laud responders

Visiting Las Vegas bedsides and police offices, President Donald Trump offered prayers and condolences Wednesday along with praise and congratulations to first responders and doctors who answered the call of duty.

Speaking Tuesday, he said that that there will eventually come a time to discuss gun control regulation in the wake of the deadliest mass shooting in modern U.S. history -- but he offered no indication of when that will be.

3. Tillerson denies reports of resignation

Secretary of State Rex Tillerson declared that he never considered abandoning his job as the U.S.'s top diplomat, contradicting an NBC report that he had been on the verge of resigning earlier this year. Trump also condemning the article, saying in Las Vegas that "it was fake news."

Tillerson, however, didn't deny the claim that he had called the president a "moron." Three days ago, Trump publicly undercut the secretary by dismissing his efforts to reach out to North Korea.

4. Puerto Rico death toll rises

Puerto Rico raised the death toll from Hurricane Maria from 16 to 34.

With much of the island without power, water or service, communities in the U.S. are banding together to help the territory get back on its feet.

5. Tropical depression aims for coast

A new tropical depression formed in the Caribbean Sea -- and the U.S. is in its crosshairs.

According to the Weather Channel, it is increasingly likely the future"Nate" will make landfall along the northern Gulf Coast Sunday as either a tropical storm or hurricane.


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