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The's Daybreak: Dec. 30, 2009

Posted: December 29, 2009 9:25 p.m.
Updated: December 30, 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 Wednesday, Dec. 30, the 364th day of 2009. There is 1 day left in the year.

Today’s Highlight in History:
On Dec. 30, 1853, the United States and Mexico signed a treaty under which the U.S. agreed to buy some 45,000 square miles of land from Mexico for $10 million in a deal known as the Gadsden Purchase.

Ten years ago:
Former Beatle George Harrison fought off a knife-wielding intruder who broke into his mansion west of London and stabbed him in the chest. (Michael Abram was later acquitted of attempted murder by reason of insanity.)

Watercooler talk
ROME, Ga. (AP) ­— Planning to drink and drive this New Year’s? A north Georgia funeral home has a deal for you. Between now and noon Thursday, drivers can visit McGuire, Jennings and Miller Funeral Home in Rome to sign a contract stating they plan to drink or take drugs and then drive on New Year’s Eve. If they die in a wreck that day, the funeral home will give them a free burial.

Services included in the package are a casket, grave, limousine and preparation of remains.

Funeral home officials said the program is designed to save lives by making partygoers think twice about drinking and driving.

Actor Joseph Bologna is 75. Actor Russ Tamblyn is 75. Baseball Hall of Famer Sandy Koufax is 74. Actor Jack Riley is 74. Folk singer Noel Paul Stookey is 72. TV director James Burrows is 69. Actor Fred Ward is 67. Singer-musician Michael Nesmith is 67. Singer Davy Jones is 64. Actress Concetta Tomei is 64. Singer Patti Smith is 63. Rock singer-musician Jeff Lynne is 62. TV host Meredith Vieira is 56. Actress Sheryl Lee Ralph is 54. Actress Patricia Kalember is 53. Country singer Suzy Bogguss is 53. “Today” show anchor Matt Lauer is 52. Actress-comedian Tracey Ullman is 50. Rock musician Rob Hotchkiss is 49. Radio-TV commentator Sean Hannity is 48. Track star Ben Johnson is 48. Actor George Newbern is 46. Singer Jay Kay (Jamiroquai) is 40. Rock musician Byron McMackin (Pennywise) is 40. Actress Meredith Monroe is 40. Actor Daniel Sunjata is 38. Actress Maureen Flannigan is 37. Actor Jason Behr is 36. Golfer Tiger Woods is 34.

California lotto
Mega Millions

2-5-29-35-51 Mega: 3
Draw date: Tuesday, Dec. 29
Jackpot: $16 million 

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

Fantasy 5
Draw date: Tuesday, Dec. 29

Daily 4
Draw date: Tuesday, Dec. 29

Daily 3
Midday: 7-4-1
Evening: 0-7-8
Draw date: Tuesday, Dec. 29

Daily Derby
1st: 07 Eureka
2nd: 11 Money Bags
3rd: 12 Lucky Charms
Race time: 1:43:57
Draw date: Tuesday, Dec. 29


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