The raging Thomas Fire claimed the life firefighter on Thursday after charring nearly 250,000 acres of California since early December.
The tax bill being considered in Congress kills the individual mandate - the unpopular Obamacare provision that required everyone to buy health insurance.
New York City police have opened a preliminary investigation into sexual assault allegations against hip-hop mogul Russell Simmons, two sources familiar with the matter said on Thursday.
County attorneys do not yet have enough evidence to file charges against a Minneapolis police officer who shot and killed an Australian bride-to-be in July, the prosecutor handling the case said on Wednesday.
A regional train hit a school bus on a crossing in southern France on Thursday, killing four children and critically injuring 11 other people on the bus, the French interior ministry said.