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The's Daybreak: Dec. 28, 2008

Posted: December 27, 2008 6:16 p.m.
Updated: December 28, 2008 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:

First Word
"Bob had a beer. He called it ‘fuel.' Are you ready for some more fuel? he asked."
­- Carol Boyer (Click here for story)

Today in History
Today is Sunday, Dec. 28, the 363rd day of 2008. There are three days left in the year.

Today's Highlight in History:
One hundred years ago, on Dec. 28, 1908, a major earthquake followed by a tsunami devastated the Italian city of Messina, killing about 70,000 people, although some estimates are much higher.

Ten years ago: American warplanes exchanged missile fire with Iraqi air defenses.

Five years ago: Libya for the first time allowed U.N. nuclear officials to inspect four sites related to its nuclear weapons program.

Watercooler Talk
IRVINE, Calif. (AP) - The box of crackers Debra Rogoff bought from the grocery store had some crackerjack in it - an envelope stuffed with $10,000. Yet the Irvine woman was more curious than ecstatic about her daughter's find. After all, who would leave money in such a place? "We just thought, ‘This is someone's money,'" she said. "We would never feel good about spending it."

Rather than go on a shopping spree, the family called police and was initially told the money could be part of a drug drop.

Police later heard from store managers at Whole Foods in Tustin that an elderly woman had come in a few days earlier, hysterical because she had mistakenly returned a box of crackers with her life savings inside.

Actor Lou Jacobi is 95. Comic book creator Stan Lee is 86. Former United Auto Workers union president Owen Bieber is 79. Actor Martin Milner is 77. Actress Nichelle Nichols is 76. Actress Dame Maggie Smith is 74. Rock singer-musician Charles Neville is 70. Rock singer-musician Edgar Winter is 62. Rock singer-musician Alex Chilton (The Box Tops) is 58. Actor Denzel Washington is 54. Country singer Joe Diffie is 50. Country musician Mike McGuire (Shenandoah) is 50. Actor Chad McQueen is 48. Country singer-musician Marty Roe (Diamond Rio) is 48. Actor Malcolm Gets is 44. Actor Mauricio Mendoza is 39. Comedian Seth Meyers is 35.


Mega Millions
6-19-29-33-37 Mega: 31
Draw date: Friday, Dec. 26
Jackpot: $37 million

14-19-22-32-38 Mega: 1
Draw date: Saturday, Dec. 27
Jackpot: $35 million

Fantasy 5
Draw date: Saturday, Dec. 27

Daily 4
Draw date: Saturday, Dec. 27

Daily 3
Midday: 0-8-1
Evening: 3-4-5
Draw date: Saturday, Dec. 27

Daily Derby
1st: 03 Hot Shot
2nd: 06 Whirl Win
3rd: 12 Lucky Charms
Race time: 1:46:90
Draw date: Saturday, Dec. 27

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