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 18, 2012 – School resumes for students haunted by Newtown tragedy, NBC crew freed from kidnappers in Syria and after Newtown, the NRA goes silent...
• School resumes for students haunted by Newtown tragedy: "Across this devastated town, students returned to schools Tuesday, marking the beginning of a new reality. With their sense of normalcy shattered following last week's massacre at Sandy Hook Elementary, students at other schools are seeing more police and counselors on hand. And teachers who face a new, tremendous burden."
• NBC crew freed from kidnappers in Syria: "An NBC reporter and his crew spoke Tuesday of their overwhelming relief after being freed from kidnappers in Syria who kept them bound, blindfolded and repeatedly threatened to kill them during a five-day ordeal."
• Obama, Boehner move closer on taxes, spending cuts: "President Barack Obama responded on Monday to House Speaker John Boehner's offer to compromise on tax rate increases with his own compromise on both tax increases and spending cuts, according to a source familiar with the discussions."
• Cerberus to sell gunmaker after massacre: "Private equity firm Cerberus has put U.S. firearms maker Freedom Group up for sale following Friday's killing of 20 children and 6 adults at the Sandy Hook school shooting in Connecticut."
• After Newtown, the NRA goes silent: "As of Monday evening the largest and most powerful gun-rights lobbying group in the U.S. had not posted anything to its website since Friday morning, when a gunman entered Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newton and killed 26 people, 20 of them children."