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The's Daybreak: Dec. 2, 2009

Posted: December 1, 2009 8:42 p.m.
Updated: December 2, 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:

Today is Wednesday, Dec. 2, the 336th day of 2009. There are 29 days left in the year.

Today’s Highlights in History:
On Dec. 2, 1859, militant abolitionist John Brown was hanged for his raid on Harpers Ferry the previous October. Artist Georges-Pierre Seurat was born in Paris.

Five years ago: President George W. Bush chose former New York police commissioner Bernard Kerik to run the Department of Homeland Security. (Kerik withdrew his name days later, citing immigration problems with a former nanny; he later pleaded guilty to eight felonies.)

Watercooler talk
SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (AP) — When two Connecticut-bound cows escaped onto a busy Massachusetts highway, a cowboy stuck in the traffic jam came to the rescue. State police say the man, wearing a Western hat and boots, lassoed each of the 500-pound heifers who were wandering on Interstate 91 South in Springfield Tuesday morning.
Troopers shut down the highway for about 30 minutes as the man helped load the animals back into the trailer that was carrying them to nearby Enfield, Conn.
The cows had escaped into slow-moving traffic near Exit 8 after a latch opened on the trailer.
Police say the cowboy did not want to be publicly identified.


Character actor Bill Erwin is 95. Former Secretary of State Alexander M. Haig is 85. Actress Julie Harris is 84. Former Attorney General Edwin Meese III is 78. Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid is 70. Actress Cathy Lee Crosby is 65. Movie director Penelope Spheeris is 64. Actor Ron Raines is 60. Country singer John Wesley Ryles is 59. Actor Keith Szarabajka is 57. Actor Dan Butler is 55. Broadcast journalist Stone Phillips is 55. Actor Dennis Christopher is 54.

California lotto
Mega Millions
17-30-39-52-53 Mega: 21
Draw date: Tuesday, Dec. 1
Jackpot: $57 million 

12-17-26-33-42 Mega: 20
Draw date: Saturday, Nov. 28
Jackpot: $31 million

Fantasy 5
Draw date: Tuesday, Dec. 1

Daily 4
Draw date: Tuesday, Dec. 1

Daily 3
Midday: 9-7-4
Evening: 1-2-5
Draw date: Tuesday, Dec. 1

Daily Derby
1st: 07 Eureka
2nd: 08 Gorgeous George
3rd: 04 Big Ben
Race time: 1:47:45
Draw date: Tuesday, Dec. 1


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