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The Signal.com's Daybreak: Dec. 27, 2009

Posted: December 26, 2009 8:14 p.m.
Updated: December 27, 2009 4:55 a.m.
 

Hello, Santa Clarita Valley! Welcome to The-Signal.com'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. 27, the 361st day of 2009. There are four days left in the year.
Today’s Highlight in History: On Dec. 27, 1968, Apollo 8 and its three astronauts made a safe, nighttime splashdown in the Pacific.

Ten years ago:
Space shuttle Discovery and its seven-member crew returned to Earth after fixing the Hubble Space Telescope.

Five years ago:
The death toll continued to rise in southern Asia in the wake of a huge tsunami triggered by a monster earthquake underneath the Indian Ocean.


Watercooler talk
VAIL, Colo. (AP) — A living nativity scene in near the Colorado ski resort of Vail almost had to go without two crucial actors when two donkeys escaped.

The nativity scene is an annual tradition for Eagle River Presbyterian Church in the Vail Valley. Pastor Rob Wilson says two borrowed donkeys were being held in a fenced-in pen for the event Wednesday night, but the animals pushed their way through it.

A church member who stopped by the church Wednesday morning noticed the donkeys were gone. He and a sheriff’s deputy followed footprints in the snow and eventually caught up with them.

The donkeys had wandered near some railroad tracks but were OK.

Birthdays

Former U.S. Sen. James A. McClure, R-Idaho, is 85. Rockabilly musician Scotty Moore is 78. Actor John Amos is 70. Actress Charmian Carr (“The Sound of Music”) is 67. ABC News correspondent Cokie Roberts is 66. Rock musician Mick Jones (Foreigner) is 65. Singer Tracy Nelson is 65. Actor Gerard Depardieu is 61. Singer-songwriter Karla Bonoff is 58. Actress Tovah Feldshuh is 57. Rock musician David Knopfler (Dire Straits) is 57. Journalist-turned-politician Arthur Kent is 56. Actress Maryam D’Abo is 49. Country musician Jeff Bryant is 47. Actor Ian Gomez is 45. Actress Theresa Randle is 45. Actress Eva LaRue is 43. Rock singer Hayley Williams (Paramore) is 21.


California lotto
Mega Millions

4-16-44-52-54 Mega: 20
Draw date: Friday, Dec. 25
Jackpot: $12 million

SuperLotto
8-19-20-21-41 Mega: 3
Draw date: Saturday, Dec. 26
Jackpot: $7 million

Fantasy 5
1-15-32-34-39
Draw date: Saturday, Dec. 26

Daily 4
2-5-6-4
Draw date: Saturday, Dec. 26

Daily 3
Midday: 2-7-9
Evening: 7-3-7
Draw date: Saturday, Dec. 26

Daily Derby
1st: 04 Big Ben
2nd: 07 Eureka
3rd: 05 California Classic
Race time: 1:45:31
Draw date: Saturday, Dec. 26

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