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The's Daybreak: Dec. 24, 2009

Posted: December 23, 2009 10:01 p.m.
Updated: December 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 Thursday, Dec. 24, the 358th day of 2009. There are 7 days left in the year. This is Christmas Eve.

Today’s Highlight in History:
On Dec. 24, 1809, legendary American frontiersman Christopher “Kit” Carson was born in Madison County, Ky.

Five years ago:
Bearing gifts of praise and encouragement, Defense Secretary Donald H. Rumsfeld paid a surprise Christmas Eve visit to U.S. troops in some of the most dangerous areas of Iraq.

Watercooler talk
PRING HILL, Fla. (AP) — Down two legs, and who knows how many lives, a Florida cat missing 11 days somehow arrived home. Tracie Steger lost hope after search parties and fliers failed to turn up her beloved Giggle-Blizzard. She winced after hearing a car had hit a kitty, and raced to scare off a vulture with a suspicious whisker in its teeth.

Neither was him.

But on Thanksgiving night, a yelp from the porch was.

A car had smashed his back legs a week ago, but Giggle-Blizzard somehow got back. He knew the area from walking unleashed with Steger’s seven other cats and two dogs.

After two operations he’s back in Steger’s menagerie, sporting Christmas-colored splints.

It cost $3,000, but Steger can’t contain her joy.


Rock singer-musician Lemmy (Motorhead) is 64. Actor Grand L. Bush is 54. Actor Clarence Gilyard is 54. Actress Stephanie Hodge is 53. Afghanistan President Hamid Karzai is 52. Rock musician Ian Burden (The Human League) is 52. Actor Anil Kapoor is 50. Actor Wade Williams is 48. Designer Kate Spade is 47. Rock singer Mary Ramsey (10,000 Maniacs) is 46. Actor Mark Valley is 45. Actor Diedrich Bader is 43. Actor Amaury Nolasco is 39. Singer Ricky Martin is 38. Author Stephenie Meyer (“Twilight”) is 36. “American Idol” host Ryan Seacrest is 35.

California lotto
Mega Millions

3-33-35-39-45 Mega: 13
Draw date: Tuesday, Dec. 22
Jackpot: $162 million 

8-14-18-28-29 Mega: 2
Draw date: Wednesday, Dec. 23
Jackpot: $47 million

Fantasy 5
Draw date: Wednesday, Dec. 23

Daily 4
Draw date: Wednesday, Dec. 23

Daily 3
Midday: 7-9-2
Evening: 3-8-8
Draw date: Wednesday, Dec. 23

Daily Derby
1st: 01 Gold Rush
2nd: 02 Whirl Win
3rd: 09 Winning Spirit
Race time: 1:42:78
Draw date: Wednesday, Dec. 23


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