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Need to Know News: Newtown begins heartbreaking ritual of saying goodbyes, Syrian VP calls for 'historic settlement,' national unity government
December 17th, 2012
09:48 AM ET

Need to Know News: Newtown begins heartbreaking ritual of saying goodbyes, Syrian VP calls for 'historic settlement,' national unity government

Each day, we here at "Piers Morgan Tonight" put together the news you need to know – from what happened last night to what will happen today.

For December 17, 2012 – Newtown begins heartbreaking ritual of saying goodbyes, Syrian VP calls for 'historic settlement,' national unity government and record China sales for Apple's iPhone 5...

Newtown begins heartbreaking ritual of saying goodbyes: "At a time when Newtown should be reveling in holiday cheer, the grief-stricken community will begin the grim task of lowering 20 little coffins into the ground."

Syrian VP calls for 'historic settlement,' national unity government: "Syria's vice president is calling for a 'historic settlement' of the country's civil war and the creation of a national unity government, according to an interview with a Lebanese newspaper to be published Monday."

• Obama to tap Sen. John Kerry to be next secretary of state: "President Obama has decided to nominate Sen. John Kerry to be the next secretary of state and could make a formal announcement as early as next week, a Democrat who spoke to Kerry told CNN Saturday."

Taxes on big gifts slated to soar: "Currently gifts and estates of up to $5.12 million are exempt from taxes, but as part of the fiscal cliff, any bequest of more than $1 million will be taxed next year - and at a 55% rate (currently the rate is 35%)."

• Record China sales for Apple's iPhone 5: "Apple sold over 2m units of its new iPhone 5 in its first weekend on sale in China, a record for the company's smartphone in potentially its biggest market."

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  1. Richard Tandlich

    I hear a lot of excusists say this is the price we pay for liberty. Most of these talking heads are on the payroll of the gun lobby. What liberty are they talking about? Certainly not the right to live or the pursuit of happiness for the victims. Not the freedom from fear for the survivors or the rest of us. No, they are talking the freedom of the arms industry to make unrestricted profit by selling weapons to criminals, terrorists and sociopaths. Everybody connected to this industry, from those on the assembly line, managers, owners, stockholders, sellers, and consumers and the politicians who support them are guilty. Its never been about the second amendment. Always the real issue is money.

    December 17, 2012 at 10:38 am | Report abuse | Reply
  2. richard pace

    All i heard since friday is:We will get through it.Sure because you did not lose an angel. You will get through it because you are cowards ,it's not my fault it is someone else's fault.You will get through it until next time because WE are the problem,not the solution.Your cowardice is not a lack of courage,your cowardice is a shirking of responsibility.Bob Dylan said eloquently many years ago:how many times can a man turn his head pretending he just doesn't see?You kill innocent angels because ,as i read in an opinion page: Shooting is FUN.So I won't hold my breath, as a country you will apply a bandaid to cure an haemmorrhage which means another tragedy will happen; but i am sure you will get through it.You will continue to spew forth the various massacres you experience with the hypocrisy of the pundits who since friday recited them as if they were football scores: colorado 21 connecticut 26.Don't blame the NRA,you are the NRA.Don't blame the Congress or the President,you are the Congress and the Executive.Are you capable of a metamorphosis? If you are not then you will remain cowards.

    December 17, 2012 at 12:58 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  3. linda

    I keep hearing people say that this shooting keep happing at place whwere guns are not allowed, do these people mean that these people are feeling safe that other people who may have guns will not be in these places, so there will be no one there with a gun to fight back, i just don't get what these gun people mean when they say these shootings are going on in gun free places and more gun laws wouldn't help

    December 17, 2012 at 10:04 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  4. Art

    II find Mr Morgan’s commentary a bit disheartening. He continues to present misleading information such as his comparisons between violence in the UK and the US without qualifying the data based on differences in population and culture. Similarly he tends to focus on the UK and Australia while excluding other western countries such as Sweden or Switzerland. His approach and single minded focus tends to almost imply that he absolves the criminal simply because he used a gun rather than a bomb or machete. I fully support the need for constructive firearms management but I do not think it wise to get there on the back of misleading information whether that be through ignorance or simple prevarication.

    December 18, 2012 at 1:27 am | Report abuse | Reply
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