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."