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The's Daybreak: Dec. 8, 2009

Posted: December 7, 2009 8:41 p.m.
Updated: December 8, 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 Tuesday, Dec. 8, the 342nd day of 2009. There are 23 days left in the year.

Today's Highlight in History:

On Dec. 8, 1941, the United States entered World War II as Congress declared war against Japan, a day after the attack on Pearl Harbor.

One year ago: In a startling about-face, Khalid Sheikh Mohammed told the Guantanamo war crimes tribunal he would confess to masterminding the Sept. 11 attacks; four other men also abandoned their defenses. (The Obama administration has since decided to try the defendants in federal civilian court.)

Twenty-nine years ago: John Lennon was murdered at the entrance of his apartment building in New York City. Click here for a Signal tribute from 2005.

Watercooler talk
DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) - When employees of a Des Moines Kmart store finally opened a red tin can that had been sitting on the customer service counter for four days, they got a $10,000 surprise. The can contained $10,380 in assorted bills. Employees called police after opening the can Friday.

Police said the money was counted by a store manager, placed in envelopes according to denomination and then turned over to officers. No note was found.

The store manager declined to identify himself and referred all questions to police. Telephone and e-mail messages left Monday for a Kmart spokeswoman were not immediately returned.

The investigation into where the money came from is continuing.

Actor-director Maximilian Schell is 79. Actor James MacArthur is 72. Flutist James Galway is 70. Singer Jerry Butler is 70. Pop musician Bobby Elliott (The Hollies) is 68. Actress Mary Woronov is 66. Actor John Rubinstein is 63. Rock singer-musician Gregg Allman is 62. Reggae singer Toots Hibbert (Toots and the Maytals) is 61. Actress Kim Basinger is 56. Rock musician Warren Cuccurullo is 53. Rock musician Phil Collen (Def Leppard) is 52. Country singer Marty Raybon is 50. Rock musician Marty Friedman is 47. Actor Wendell Pierce is 46. Actress Teri Hatcher is 45. Rapper Bushwick Bill (The Geto Boys) is 43. Singer Sinead O'Connor is 43. Actor Matthew Laborteaux is 43. Rock musician Ryan Newell (Sister Hazel) is 37.

California lotto
Mega Millions

4-33-41-51-56 Mega: 38
Draw date: Friday, Dec. 4
Jackpot: $83 million

5-29-30-42-44 Mega: 20
Draw date: Saturday, Dec. 5
Jackpot: $36 million

Fantasy 5
Draw date: Monday, Dec. 7

Daily 4
Draw date: Monday, Dec. 7

Daily 3
Midday: 8-9-8
Evening: 5-6-0
Draw date: Monday, Dec. 7

Daily Derby
1st: 01 Gold Rush
2nd: 10 Solid Gold
3rd: 07 Eureka
Race time: 1:40:89
Draw date: Monday, Dec. 7


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