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The's Daybreak: Nov. 24, 2009

Posted: November 23, 2009 10:56 p.m.
Updated: November 24, 2009 4:55 a.m.
Hello, Santa Clarita Valley! Welcome to's Daybreak, your point of entry for the day, and a quick journey through the past, present and future. Let the adventure begin:

Today is Tuesday, Nov. 24, the 328th day of 2009. There are 37 days left in the year.

Today's Highlight in History:

On Nov. 24, 1859, British naturalist Charles Darwin published "On the Origin of Species," which explained his theory of evolution by means of natural selection.

Ten years ago: Some 280 people were killed when a ferry caught fire and foundered off the coast of eastern China's Shandong province.

Five years ago: Popular author Arthur Hailey died in New Providence, Bahamas, at age 84.

Watercooler talk
MELBOURNE, Australia (AP) - A kangaroo startled by a man walking his dog attacked the pair, pinning the pet underwater and slashing the owner in the abdomen with its hind legs.

The Australian, Chris Rickard, was in stable condition Monday after the attack, which ended when the 49-year-old elbowed the kangaroo in the throat.

Rickard said he was walking his blue heeler, Rocky, on Sunday morning when they surprised a sleeping kangaroo in Arthur's Creek northeast of Melbourne.

The dog chased the animal into a pond, when the kangaroo turned and pinned the pet underwater.

When Rickard tried to pull his dog free, the kangaroo turned on him, attacking with its hind legs and tearing a deep gash into his abdomen and across his face.

Record producer Terry Lewis is 53. Actor Ruben Santiago-Hudson is 53. Actress Denise Crosby is 52. Actress Shae D'Lyn is 47. Rock musician John Squire (The Stone Roses) is 47. Rock musician Gary Stonadge (Big Audio) is 47. Actor Garret Dillahunt is 45. Rock musician Chad Taylor (Live) is 39. Actress Lola Glaudini is 38. Actress Danielle Nicolet is 36. Olympic bronze medal figure skater Chen Lu is 33. Actor Colin Hanks is 32.

California Lotto
Mega Millions
3-4-7-16-56 Mega: 39
Draw date: Friday, Nov. 20
Jackpot: $37 million

28-30-34-35-43 Mega: 2
Draw date: Saturday, Nov. 21
Jackpot: $27 million

Fantasy 5
Draw date: Monday, Nov. 23

Daily 4
Draw date: Monday, Nov. 23

Daily 3
Midday: 6-6-9
Evening: 5-0-4
Draw date: Monday, Nov. 23

Daily Derby
1st: 10 Solid Gold
2nd: 03 Hot Shot
3rd: 05 California Classic
Race time: 1:47:81
Draw date: Monday, Nov. 23


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