Wildfires, health care, hurricane relief: 5 things that happened Thursday

President Donald Trump shows an executive order on health care that he signed in the Roosevelt Room of the White House, Thursday, Oct. 12, 2017, in Washington. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)

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

1. 31 dead in California wildfires

The death toll is now 31 as the wildfires in California have grown to approximately the same mass as New York City, adding urgency to the ongoing search for hundreds of missing loved ones.

2. House passes hurricane relief legislation

The House overwhelming passed a bill granting $36.5 billion in aid to states affected by hurricanes, as well as Puerto Rico.

3. Trump signs health care order

In an attempt to bypass Congress, President Donald Trump signed an executive order legalizing cheaper health care insurance plans with fewer options.

4. Noise in Cuba attacks published

A recording was published of what some U.S. Embassy workers heard in Havana in a series of unnerving incidents later deemed to be deliberate attacks.

5. Trump announces Homeland Security nomination

President Donald Trump will nominate his deputy chief of staff, Kirstjen Nielsen, as his next secretary of Homeland Security, the White House announced Wednesday.

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