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The's Daybreak: Dec. 29, 2008

Posted: December 28, 2008 8:39 p.m.
Updated: December 29, 2008 4:30 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
"Here I was, just turned 19 and was dropping off troops in one of the war's major invasions ..."
­- Morris Deason

Today is History

Today is Monday, Dec. 29, the 364th day of 2008. There are two days left in the year.

Today's Highlight in History:
Two hundred years ago, on Dec. 29, 1808, the 17th president of the United States, Andrew Johnson, was born in Raleigh, N.C.

Five years ago: Monsignor Michael Courtney, Pope John Paul II's ambassador in Burundi, was shot and killed by unidentified gunmen.

One year ago: Australian David Hicks was freed from prison in Adelaide after completing a U.S.-imposed sentence.

Singer Tony Martin is 95. Actor Dick Miller is 80. Actress Hanna Schygulla is 65. Rhythm-and-blues singer John Edwards (The Spinners) is 64. Actor Gary Sandy is 63. Singer Jimmy Buffett is 62. Football Hall-of-Famer Larry Csonka is 62. Country singer Barbara Mandrell is 60. Actress Sissy Spacek is 59.

Watercooler Talk
WILKES-BARRE, Pa. (AP) - A family didn't realize it had an unexpected Christmas guest until a man who had been in their attic for days emerged wearing their clothes, police said.

Stanley Carter surrendered Friday after police took a dog to search the home in Plains Township, a suburb of Wilkes-Barre about 100 miles north of Philadelphia. He was charged with several counts of burglary, theft, receiving stolen property and criminal trespass.

"When he came down from the attic, he was wearing my daughter's pants and my sweat shirt and sneakers," homeowner Stacy Ferrance said. "From what I gather, he was helping himself to my home, eating my food and stealing my clothes."

California Lottery
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: $36 million

Fantasy 5
Draw date: Sunday, Dec. 28

Daily 4
Draw date: Sunday, Dec. 28

Daily 3
Midday: 4-7-5
Evening: 3-9-6
Draw date: Sunday, Dec. 28

Daily Derby
1st: 10 Solid Gold
2nd: 07 Eureka
3rd: 05 California Classic
Race time: 1:46.99
Draw date: Sunday, Dec. 28

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