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Amtrak investigation and more: 5 Things to Know for Tuesday, Dec. 19, 2017

Posted at 5:40 AM, Dec 19, 2017
and last updated 2017-12-19 07:40:12-05

DENVER -- Good morning! Here’s what you need to know today, Monday, Dec. 19, 2017.

1. Train topples off overpass, killing at least 3
An Amtrak train making the first-ever run along a faster new route hurtles off an overpass near Tacoma, Washington, and spills some of its cars onto the highway below in a deadly crash.

2. 'America is coming back and coming back strong' 
Trump declares a new national security strategy, stressing the "America first" message of his 2016 campaign.

3. How tax overhaul is shaping up
A nonpartisan group says the Republican tax bill would cut taxes on average for all income groups next year, with bigger reductions for upper-income people.

4. Front-runner emerges for South African presidency 
Cyril Ramaphosa, the new leader of South Africa's ruling African National Congress, has risen from prominent anti-apartheid activist to become one of the country's wealthiest businessmen.

5. What's complicating holiday travel
The nation's air-travel system struggles to get back on schedule after a power outage at the Atlanta airport forced the cancellation of over 1,400 flights.