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Signal Photos's Daybreak: Dec. 24, 2008

Posted: December 23, 2008 8:02 p.m.
Updated: December 24, 2008 4:30 a.m.
Earth rises over the moon, as seen from Apollo 8 on Dec. 24, 1968. Earth rises over the moon, as seen from Apollo 8 on Dec. 24, 1968.
Earth rises over the moon, as seen from Apollo 8 on Dec. 24, 1968.
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:

First Word
"My troop has been donating to the Domestic Violence Center for as long as I can remember."

­- Jeriann Lynds
Gold Award recipient (for full story click here)

Today in History
Today is Wednesday, Dec. 24, the 359th day of 2008. There are seven days left in the year. This is Christmas Eve.

Today's Highlight in History
On Dec. 24, 1968, the Apollo 8 astronauts, orbiting the moon, read passages from the Old Testament Book of Genesis during a Christmas Eve telecast that featured live images of Earth.

One year ago: President Bush made Christmas Eve calls to 10 U.S. troops serving in Iraq, Afghanistan and other spots around the world, thanking them for their sacrifice and wishing them a happy holiday.

Songwriter-bandleader Dave Bartholomew is 88. Author Mary Higgins Clark is 81. Federal health administrator Anthony S. Fauci is 68. Recording company executive Mike Curb is 64. Rock singer-musician Lemmy (Motorhead) is 63. Actor Grand L. Bush is 53. Actor Clarence Gilyard is 53. Actress Stephanie Hodge is 52. The president of Afghanistan, Hamid Karzai, is 51. Rock musician Ian Burden (The Human League) is 51. Designer Kate Spade is 46. Rock singer Mary Ramsey (10,000 Maniacs) is 45. Actor Mark Valley is 44. Actor Diedrich Bader is 42. Actor Amaury Nolasco is 38. Singer Ricky Martin is 37. "American Idol" host Ryan Seacrest is 34.

Watercooler Talk
SOUTH SALT LAKE, Utah (AP) - What kind of mileage does that thing get? Police in South Salt Lake, Utah, have arrested a man they say tried to steal a fire truck so he could drive home - to Washington - for Christmas.

Detective Gary Keller says firefighters on a medical call heard the $500,000 truck's air horn blaring Monday and ran outside. They found a man in the driver's seat trying to drive away.

After a lengthy struggle, firefighters were finally able to subdue the man until police arrived.

Police say the 25-year-old man told them he wanted to go to Washington to see his mother for Christmas.

California Lotto
Mega Millions
3-13-16-39-54 Mega: 32
Draw date: Friday, Dec. 19
Jackpot: $22 million

10-15-16-46-47 Mega: 22
Draw date: Saturday, Dec. 20
Jackpot: $34 million

Fantasy 5
Draw date: Tuesday, Dec. 23

Daily 4
Draw date: Tuesday, Dec. 23

Daily 3
Midday: 0-8-2
Evening: 6-8-3
Draw date: Tuesday, Dec. 23

Daily Derby
1st: 07 Eureka
2nd: 10 Solid Gold
3rd: 05 California
Race time: 1:42.71
Draw date: Tuesday, Dec. 23

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