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The's Daybreak: Jan. 20, 2009

Posted: January 19, 2009 9:35 p.m.
Updated: January 20, 2009 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
"I feel honored to see Obama's inauguration because it really influences a lot of tolerance within the nation, even the world."
-- Fernando Cazares, Arroyo Seco Junior High School eighth-grader (Click here to read story)

Today in History
Today is Tuesday, Jan. 20, the 20th day of 2009. There are 345 days left in the year.

Today's Highlight in History:
On Jan. 20, 1981, Iran released 52 Americans it had held hostage for 444 days, minutes after the presidency passed from Jimmy Carter to Ronald Reagan.

One year ago: The Los Angeles Times announced its top editor, James O'Shea, had been fired after he rejected a management order to cut $4 million from the newsroom budget, 14 months after his predecessor was also ousted in a budget dispute.

Watercooler Talk
CEDAR GROVE, Wis. (AP) - Sheboygan County prosecutors say a 21-year-old man who crashed his uncle's car called police to report that he stole the car and had been drinking. The man was charged Friday with a felony count of taking and driving a vehicle without the owner's consent. The charge carries a maximum penalty of six years in prison and a $10,000 fine.

According to the criminal complaint, the man had been drinking heavily early Friday morning, then decided to drive for cigarettes about 1:30 a.m.

The man lives with his uncle, who was sleeping at the time. The complaint said the man took his uncle's car and drove about half a mile before crashing and rolling the vehicle.

Country singer Slim Whitman is 85. Actress Patricia Neal is 83. Comedian Arte Johnson is 80. Former astronaut Buzz Aldrin is 79. Actress Dorothy Provine is 72. Singer Eric Stewart is 64. Movie director David Lynch is 63. Actor Daniel Benzali is 59. Rock musician Paul Stanley (KISS) is 57. Rock musician Ian Hill (Judas Priest) is 57. Comedian Bill Maher is 53. Actor Lorenzo Lamas is 51. Actor James Denton ("Desperate Housewives") is 46. Rock musician Greg K. (The Offspring) is 44. Country singer John Michael Montgomery is 44.

California Lottery
Mega Millions
2-4-21-39-51 Mega: 29
Draw date: Friday, Jan. 16
Jackpot: $16 million

8-17-20-26-38 Mega: 19
Draw date: Saturday, Jan. 17
Jackpot: $53 million

Fantasy 5
Draw date: Monday, Jan. 19

Daily 4
Draw date: Monday, Jan. 19

Daily 3
Midday: 7-6-6
Evening: 1-5-9
Draw date: Monday, Jan. 19

Daily Derby
1st: 04 Big Ben
2nd: 09 Winning Spirit
3rd: 08 Gorgeous George
Race time: 1:48:00
Draw date: Monday, Jan. 19

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