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statement. she'll be beautiful. we'll all be talking about it. >> bye, everyone history made. the senate joins the house in passing the biggest tax overhaul. rising death toll. a packed tour bus overturns in mexico. american vacationers among those on board. crash investigation. amtrak focuses its investigation on possible driver distraction and excessive speed as they mourn loved ones. plus a consumer alert about finding cheaper prescription drugs. how you can save big with a few phone calls. south korea speaks to nbc about how they're fortifying the olympic games. as a key amazon service gets
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hacked. "early today" starts right now. good being with you on a wednesday. overnight congressional republicans made history after senate republicans passed the most sweeping tax cut package in a generation. >> the ayes are 51. the nays are 48. the senate reseeds from its amendment and concurs in hr 1. with further amendment the tax cuts and jobs act is passed. >> republicans voting along party lines to patsz their sweeping $1.5 trillion tax cut bill out of the upper chamber. republicans poised to usher in the biggest tax over haul in a generation. >> house republicans encountered an embarrassing procedural hiccup so now they must holds a redo vote this morning before the law can get the to the president's desk.
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good morning. >> reporter: it was supposed to be easy to pass the house with this bill, but as it turns out it senate passed the revised tax bill first, 51-48. 48 democrats voted for this one and 51 republicans or 48 democrats voted against it. now the house will have to make a redo because of procedural issues. now the redo will happen later on today. still, it didn't stop republicans from making a victory lap. >> after eight straight years of slow growth and under performance, america is ready to take off. >> this is a historic night. the democrats have said the american people will remember this night. i hope they do. because we've passed one of the most important tax breaks in this country's history. >> reporter: now president trump tweeted just after the vote happened saying terrible
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individual mandate repealed. he added there will be a news conference at the white house this afternoon if the house passes their version of it. americans still a little weary. they believe 63% say this will help corporations and the wealthy. it's only 22% that say they believe it will help everyone. still republicans are okay with that number because they believe once americans see their paychecks with fewer taxes taken out, they believe the poll numbers will turn around. >> thank you. the investigation continues this morning into the deadly amtrak derailment in washington state. the ntsb saying it's recovered both black box. two people were in the cab, the engineer and conductor in training. we learn more about those killed in the crash. here with the latest.
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>> reporter: the search for answers continues. ntsb investigators say the amtrak cascade sa501 was travelg 50 miles per hour over the speed limit and the train tumbled off the tracks. the data recorder revealed more. >> the emergency brake was automatically actvated, rather than being initiated by the engineer. >> reporter: positive train control which could have slowed the train was in place but not operational. investigators have promised to look at every possible factor that could have contributed to the derailment. >> distraction is one of our most wanted list priorities. it's protocol for us to look at all of the cell phone records of all the crew members. >> reporter: monday's crash sent dozens of people to hospitals. amtrak ceo met with those
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effected by the derailment. >> whatever expense, whatever we can do to help had, we're for to help them. >> reporter: three lives were lost in the wreck, including both loved trains. >> those two good guys won't be with us anymore. >> reporter: camry was actually a third generation rail fan starting with his grandpa who worked for a rail company in the midwest and his parents met working on a railroad in montana. and this one in mexico bp at least two people were killed on a tour bus suddenly flipped over during a day trip to the mayan ruins. it's not immediately clear what caused the accident. they're working to determine if american citizens are among the dead. >> reporter: the bus loaded with 27 tourists, some of them
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americans was headed oen a day trip to mayan ruins when it suddenly overturned. authorities say at least 12 dead. another 18 injured. they're now being treated at four different hospitals. royal caribbean say the injured and dead were passengers on eether the celebrity equinox or the sar made the of the seas. cruise line saying we're doing all we can to care for our guests including in assisting with medical care and transportation. the private bus contractor said the bus picked up its passengers and making a regular trip to the ruins when it inextricably crashed. they're just beginning to investigate what caused this fatal accident. nbc news. new details released by congress are shedding light on
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its settlement policies. taxpayers have paid an additional $115,000 to settle sexual harassment complaints between 2008 and 2012. and when you thatd previously disclosed claim , they bring th total to $199,000. the chairman of the house administration committee says he intends to obtain the information for harassments made between 2007 and 2017 as well. virginia continues its path of turning blue. it appears that by a margin of one single vote control of the house of delegates will be evenly split. it was a single rate in the house of delegates. after a recount democrat was found to have received 11,608 to the republican incumbent's
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11,607 votes exactly one deciding vote there that was the race that the state was waiting for. virginia senator tim kaine posting simply every vote matters. bill karins joining us with a look at our wednesday forecast. >> let's talk travel. a lot of snow for northern portions of portions of the rockies. let's pinpoint where the travel concerns are over the next couple days. differ klt in the mountain passes. salt lake city could get a wintry mix. rain showers on the west coast and by thursday a little bit of snow nebraska, iowa, maybe southern portions of wisconsin and chicago for any potential issues. from detroit to tennessee and finally saturday
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country. >> reporter: it's not just north korea's nuclear weapons program it white house is warning about. accusing them of launching a massive cyber attack, dubbed wannacry that crippaled over 300,000 computers. >> we do so with evidence and partners. >> reporter: those partners including the british government went public before the u.s. we met the engineer who first uncovered north korea was behind the cyber attack. >> is it like blowing something up just to show you can do it? >> this is the equivalent of that in the cyber world. >> 6,000 miles away in south korea. president moon told us in an exclusive interview his nation set up a special unit to protect the upcoming winter olympics from hacking.
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right now south korea and the u.s. are working very closely for preparing for any attempts, he said. he spoke to us as he inaugierated a bullet train to the olympic venues. he says the games with athletes from the north invited can be a a path to easing tensions. what message are you sending to the world with these games. "the korean people will be able to send a message of peace to the world" he said. he said joint u.s. and south korea military exercises may be put off for now. and now an amazing story. one family in tennessee has a miracle baby in more ways than one. the mom gave birth to a baby girl who had had been frozen as an embryo 24 years ago. emma gibson. her parents, tina and ben, were not sure they could have children but they took a chance. they went to an embryo bank and
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>> and then i called the third place and thought from 600 to 500, 200, to $34.99. >> reporter: the working mom got similar results when we asked her to check again. prices ranged from nearly $600 at walmart to 473 at costco. wall greens was the highest at almost 242 for the generic, the cheapest, costco at $34.99. a consumer reports investigation out this month found similar results in six cities for five common generic drugs. lisa gill is the prescription drug editor. >> for the same drug, for the same dose, for the same quantity you can see price differences even in the same zip code.
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well, the cold air is on its way. it's still mild across much of the country. but now we're seeing it bleed down out of canada. still mild today. st. louis, dallas, atlanta all well above average. then rapid city, you die down to 25 degrees. by the time we get to the weekend look at minneapolis, friday, 24, by sunday down to 13. louisville goes from friday at 60, to 37 on sunday and this all leads us into the had christmas day forecast i think this is the biggest question is what's going to happen in new england? there's a potential for a christmas morning and day snow storm. just ahead thieves may be able to hack their way into your home. i love you, basement guest bathroom. your privacy makes you my number 1 place to go number 2.
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success in the senate. senators pass a historic tax reform bill. now send it to the house to pass the deal. left to die. the search underway for a driver who hit and killed a bicyclist and took off. route outrage. growing anger over a change in a commute for local bus drivers. good morning. this is "nbc10 news today" first look at 4, i'm red carp rosemar. >> i'm dray clark. we're at the wawa on east broad in bethlehem. come by and say hello until 9:00 this morning. >> tracy davidson and
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meteorologist bill henley are there now greeting people, helping them get their morning started. good morning, guys. >> good morning, guys. yeah, we are helping get the morning started. i was just talking to some of the gang at the wawa at broad street in bethlehem, and they say it stays busy all night. they were surprised at when the job stays busy through the early morning hours. >> it is really busy. i already met so many customers. they told me the customers are excited that we're here. i met a customer, butch, who works for bethlehem, running out on a wrarater main break. i said, yeah, it is that time of year. what a time to visit christmas city, usa. we'll be shining a spotlight on bethlehem. we're on east broad near the sands casino if you want to come out and say hi. >> we'll be here for some time, too. we'll be here until 9:00 this morning. the entire broadcast. tracy and i will be here.
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we'll be ducking in every so often to warm up. winds today, a trends that will continue. the wind in allentown is 14 miles per hour. you see the wind is reaching philadelphia, too. that's some chilly air that's coming into play, bringing the temperatures, the feels-like temperatures into the low 40s now in allentown and reading. 42 at pottstown. low 50s for southeast philadelphia, southeast jersey, and central delaware. look how that will change during the day. a gusty wind will be with us, and temperatures won't move that much. the short term, they'll cool down. we'll get sunshine, warm into the middle 40s. look at those feels-like temperatures with gusty winds. the temperatures are going to feel like they are in the 30s through the day today. so bundle up, whether you're coming here to wawa, heading out to work or to school. you'll definitely need that extra layer this morning. >> or to shop and to warm you up, free

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