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The's Daybreak: Dec. 13, 2009

Posted: December 12, 2009 8:26 p.m.
Updated: December 13, 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 Sunday, Dec. 13, the 347th day of 2009. There are 18 days left in the year.

Today’s Highlight in History:
On Dec. 13, 1862, Union forces suffered a major defeat to the Confederates in the Civil War Battle of Fredericksburg.

Ten years ago: In a spirited presidential campaign debate, Texas Gov. George W. Bush and Sen. John McCain fought over tax policy and farm subsidies, while McCain was pushed to defend his centerpiece campaign finance proposals.

Watercooler Talk
TUALATIN, Ore. (AP) – An Oregon man says a 3-month-old kitten apparently hitched a cold, 120-mile ride in the wheel well of his SUV.

Marc Lichty left Olympia, Wash., after finishing a day of work Wednesday. He heard meowing when he stopped at a rest stop along the way home but couldn’t see a cat.

When he reached his home in Tualatin, Ore., he heard the meowing again and grabbed a flashlight. Sure enough, “the cat was up underneath in the spare tire spot.”

Daughter Jenna helped coax the passenger out with a bit of salmon. Lichty says he can’t imagine making that trip at 70 mph in this week’s subfreezing temperatures. The family called Olympia businesses in the area where he was working Wednesday but didn’t find the kitten’s owner.

Former Secretary of State George P. Shultz is 89. Actor-comedian Dick Van Dyke is 84. Music/film producer Lou Adler is 76. Movie producer Richard Zanuck is 75. Singer John Davidson is 68. Actress Kathy Garver (“Family Affair”) is 64. Rock musician Ted Nugent is 61. Actress Wendie Malick is 59. Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack is 59. Country singer John Anderson is 55. Singer-actor Morris Day is 53. Actor Steve Buscemiis 52. Actor Johnny Whitaker is 50. Actor-comedian Jamie Foxx is 42. Actor Bart Johnson is 39. Actress Chelsea Hertford is 28. Rock singer Amy Lee (Evanescence) is 28. Country singer Taylor Swift is 20.

California lotto
Mega Millions
2-21-27-34-44 Mega: 45
Draw date: Friday, Dec. 11
Jackpot: $100 million

3-5-6-30-32 Mega: 17
Draw date: Saturday, Dec. 12
Jackpot: $39 million

Fantasy 5
Draw date: Saturday, Dec. 12

Daily 4
Draw date: Saturday, Dec. 12

Daily 3
Midday: 2-7-8
Evening: 7-6-8
Draw date: Saturday, Dec. 12

Daily Derby
1st: 01 Gold Rush
2nd: 03 Hot Shot
3rd: 07 Eureka
Race time: 1:47:22
Draw date: Saturday, Dec. 12


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