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The's Daybreak: Dec. 28, 2009

Posted: December 27, 2009 10:25 p.m.
Updated: December 28, 2009 4:55 a.m.
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 Monday, Dec. 28, the 362nd day of 2009. There are 3 days left in the year.

Today's Highlight in History:

On Dec. 28, 1832, John C. Calhoun became the first vice president of the United States to resign, stepping down because of differences with President Andrew Jackson.

Five years ago: The U.S. Agency for International Development said it was adding $20 million to an initial $15 million contribution for Asian tsunami relief as Secretary of State Colin Powell bristled at a U.N. official's suggestion the United States was being "stingy."Hello, Santa Clarita Valley!

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VAIL, Colo. (AP) - A living nativity scene in near the Colorado ski resort of Vail almost had to go without two crucial actors when two donkeys escaped.

The nativity scene is an annual tradition for Eagle River Presbyterian Church in the Vail Valley. Pastor Rob Wilson says two borrowed donkeys were being held in a fenced-in pen for the event Wednesday night, but the animals pushed their way through it.

A church member who stopped by the church Wednesday morning noticed the donkeys were gone. He and a sheriff's deputy followed footprints in the snow and eventually caught up with them.
The donkeys had wandered near some railroad tracks but were OK.

Comic book creator Stan Lee is 87. Former United Auto Workers union president Owen Bieber is 80. Actor Martin Milner is 78. Actress Nichelle Nichols is 77. Actress Dame Maggie Smith is 75. Rock singer-musician Charles Neville is 71. Sen. Johnny Isakson, R-Ga., is 65. Sen. Tim Johnson, D-S.D., is 63. Rock singer-musician Edgar Winter is 63. Rock singer-musician Alex Chilton (The Box Tops; Big Star) is 59. Actor Denzel Washington is 55. Country singer Joe Diffie is 51. Country musician Mike McGuire (Shenandoah) is 51. Actor Chad McQueen is 49. Country singer-musician Marty Roe (Diamond Rio) is 49. Actor Malcolm Gets is 45. Actor Mauricio Mendoza is 40.

California lotto
Mega Millions

4-16-44-52-54 Mega: 20
Draw date: Friday, Dec. 25
Jackpot: $16 million

8-19-20-21-41 Mega: 3
Draw date: Saturday, Dec. 26
Jackpot: $7 million

Fantasy 5
Draw date: Sunday, Dec. 27

Daily 4
Draw date: Sunday, Dec. 27

Daily 3
Midday: 6-0-9
Evening: 2-2-2
Draw date: Sunday, Dec. 27

Daily Derby
1st: 06 Whirl Win
2nd: 05 California Classic
3rd: 08 Gorgeous George
Race time: 1:42.32
Draw date: Sunday, Dec. 27


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