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The's Daybreak: Dec. 31, 2009

Posted: December 30, 2009 8:51 p.m.
Updated: December 31, 2009 4:55 a.m.
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. 31, the 365th and final day of 2009. Today is New Year's Eve.

Today's Highlight in History:

On Dec. 31, 1909, the Manhattan Bridge, spanning the East River between Manhattan and Brooklyn, was officially opened to vehicular traffic by New York City Mayor George B. McClellan Jr. on his last day in office.

Five years ago: President George W. Bush pledged $350 million to help tsunami victims, and didn't rule out sending even more U.S. aid to help people recover from what he called an "epic disaster."

Watercooler talk
OLDSMAR, Fla. (AP) - Authorities say a Florida man who called 911 claiming he'd been beaten and shot at was hoping the tale would get him a ride to a bar. Instead, 37-year-old Gregory J. Oras is facing charges of misusing the 911 system and battery of a law enforcement officer.

An arrest report says Oras called 911 three times before his arrest early Tuesday in Oldsmar, northwest of Tampa. He told the dispatcher he had a broken nose and bleeding ears, and claimed people were shooting at him.

Authorities say he was actually looking for a ride to another bar.

The report also says Oras kicked a Pinellas County sheriff's deputy in the knees and a Taser was used to subdue him.

Actor Tim Matheson is 62. Pop singer Burton Cummings (The Guess Who) is 62. Singer Donna Summer is 61. Actor Joe Dallesandro is 61. Rock musician Tom Hamilton (Aerosmith) is 58. Actor James Remar is 56. Actress Bebe Neuwirth is 51. Actor Val Kilmer is 50. Singer Paul Westerberg is 50. Actor Don Diamont is 47. Rock musician Ric Ivanisevich (Oleander) is 47. Rock musician Scott Ian (Anthrax) is 46. Actress Gong Li is 44. Author Nicholas Sparks is 44. Pop singer Joe McIntyre is 37. Rock musician Mikko Siren (Apocalyptica) is 34. Rock musician Bob Bryar (My Chemical Romance) is 30.

California lotto
Mega Millions

2-5-29-35-51 Mega: 3
Draw date: Tuesday, Dec. 29
Jackpot: $27 million

10-13-14-21-42 Mega: 15
Draw date: Wednesday, Dec. 30
Jackpot: $7 million

Fantasy 5
Draw date: Wednesday, Dec. 30

Daily 4
Draw date: Wednesday, Dec. 30

Daily 3
Midday: 0-9-3
Evening: 7-2-6
Draw date: Wednesday, Dec. 30

Daily Derby
1st: 09 Winning Spirit
2nd: 02 Lucky Star
3rd: 10 Solid Gold
Race time: 1:40:05
Draw date: Wednesday, Dec. 30


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