Taxes, Tillerson, Lauer: 5 things that happened Thursday

FILE - In this July 17, 2015 file photo, flowers and a portrait of Kate Steinle remain at a memorial site on Pier 14 in San Francisco. Jurors ended their fifth day of deliberations Wednesday, Nov. 29, 2017, without reaching a verdict in the murder trial that sparked a national debate over immigration policy. The six men and six women are deciding whether Jose Ines Garcia Zarate meant to shoot Steinle as charged or whether they believe his claim that the the shooting was accidental. (Paul Chinn/San Francisco Chronicle via AP, File)

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

1. Republicans push forward on taxes

Republican lawmakers fought to pass the party's tax bill, a sweeping reform that could have monstrous ramifications for health care, social services and other institutions.

2. Drama unfolds over Rex Tillerson

Secretary of State Rex Tillerson may soon be replaced, according to a New York Times report which cited his increasingly "strained" relationship with President Donald Trump.

3. Matt Lauer finally offers apology

Former "Today" host Matt Lauer offered a public but qualified apology for his behavior, a day after reports detailed the graphic allegations of sexual misconduct leading to his dismissal.

4. Search for 3-year-old girl continues

A dive team began searching a wooded area approximately one mile from missing 3-year-old Mariah Woods, last seen after being put to bed by her mother and boyfriend at their home Sunday night.

5. Man in pier murder innocent

A jury found a Mexican man not guilty of murder in the killing of Kate Steinle on a San Francisco pier in a case that touched off a national immigration debate.

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