December 16, 2012 in Nation/World

10 Things to Know for Monday

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A couple pays their respects at one of the makeshift memorials in honor of the victims of the Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting, Sunday, Dec. 16, 2012 in Newtown, Conn. A gunman opened fire at the school, killing 26 people, including 20 children before killing himself on Friday.
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Your daily look at late-breaking news, upcoming events and stories that will be talked about Monday:

1. LANZA HAD ENOUGH AMMO TO KILL ALMOST EVERY CHILD AT SCHOOL

As a Connecticut town mourns, some residents wonder if life can ever return to normal in Newtown.

2. GUNMAN’S MOTHER WAS INTENSELY PRIVATE ABOUT HOME LIFE

Friends and acquaintances say Nancy Lanza never discussed any difficulties in raising the son who would kill her.

3. OBAMA MOURNS IN NEWTOWN AND OPENS DOOR TO GUN CONTROL

The president said he would use “whatever power” he has to prevent mass shootings in the future.

4. FISCAL CLIFF TALKS DRAG ON, BUT SOME AMERICANS ARE ALREADY PAYING MORE TAXES

Several breaks expired at the end of last year and will be gone if Congress and the White House don’t reach a deal.

5. EGYPT VOTE UNLIKELY TO RESOLVE CONFRONTATION BETWEEN SECULARISTS AND ISLAMISTS

Coalition of rights groups says widespread violations in the first day of voting should invalidate the results.

6.WHO WILL PAY FOR THE INAUGURAL POMP

Private money will foot most of the tab that will likely run into the tens of millions despite plans to scale down for Obama’s second swearing in.

7. A RARE ADMISSION FROM A TOP ASSAD AIDE

Vice President Farouk al-Sharaa said the regime and the rebels are both going down a losing path in civil war.

8. HOW OBAMA MIGHT REWARD KERRY’S ‘GOOD SOLDIERING’

The president seems likely to name the Massachusetts senator to succeed Clinton as secretary of state.

9. WHAT PEPSI IS TINKERING WITH

Its Diet offering is quietly changing its sweetener ahead of a major rebranding set for next month.

10. WHERE VINEYARDS ARE GETTING A MAKEOVER

With demand strong again, Napa Valley growers are replacing old vines with varieties better suited for their weather.

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