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The's Daybreak: Dec. 17, 2009

Posted: December 16, 2009 10:31 p.m.
Updated: December 17, 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 Thursday, Dec. 17, the 351st day of 2009. There are 14 days left in the year.

Today’s Highlight in History: On Dec. 17, 1903, Wilbur and Orville Wright of Dayton, Ohio, conducted the first successful manpowered airplane flights, near Kitty Hawk, N.C., using their experimental craft, the Wright Flyer.

Ten years ago:
President Bill Clinton signed a law letting millions of disabled Americans retain their government-funded health coverage when they take a job.

Watercooler talk
SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) – A couple were charged in federal court in Sioux Falls with faking the husband’s death to collect on life insurance. A woman, 39, and her 45-year-old husband pleaded not guilty to conspiracy to commit mail fraud. The wife was free on bond while the husband was being held without bond.

Authorities said the woman claimed that her husband had died after eating bad oysters during a family vacation in Malaysia in 2003. She eventually settled the insurance case with two insurance companies for $2 million.

FBI agents informed Sioux Falls-based Midland National Life about a year ago that husband walked into the U.S. Embassy in Jakarta, Indonesia, and asked to renew his passport. The man was arrested in Guam last month.


Actor Armin Mueller-Stahl is 79. Magazine publisher Bob Guccione is 79. Rock singer-musician Art Neville is 72. Actor Ernie Hudson is 64. MSNBC political commentator Chris Matthews is 64. Actor Joel Brooks is 60. Rock singer Paul Rodgers is 60. R&B singer Wanda Hutchinson (The Emotions) is 58. Producer-director-writer Peter Farrelly is 53. Rock musician Mike Mills (R.E.M.) is 51. DJ Homicide (Sugar Ray) is 39. Actor Sean Patrick Thomas is 39. Actress Sarah Paulson is 35. Actress Marissa Ribisi is 35. Actor Giovanni Ribisi is 35. Actress Milla Jovovich is 34. Actress Jennifer Carpenter is 30. Actress Shannon Marie Woodward is 25. Actress Vanessa Zima is 23. Actor-singer Nat Wolff is 15.

California Lotto
Mega Millions

27-31-32-36-47 Mega: 35
Draw date: Tuesday, Dec. 15
Jackpot: $118 million

13-18-19-31-41 Mega: 12
Draw date: Wednesday, Dec. 16
Jackpot: $41 million

Fantasy 5
Draw date: Wednesday, Dec. 16

Daily 4
Draw date: Wednesday, Dec. 16

Daily 3
Midday: 2-4-9
Evening: 9-2-5
Draw date: Wednesday, Dec. 16

Daily Derby
1st: 04 Big Ben
2nd: 05 California Classic
3rd: 03 Hot Shot
Race time: 1:45:56
Draw date: Wednesday, Dec. 16


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