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The's Daybreak: January 1, 2010

Posted: December 31, 2009 6:19 p.m.
Updated: January 1, 2010 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 Friday, Jan. 1, the 1st day of 2010. There are 364 days left in the year. Today is New Year’s Day.
Today’s Highlight in History: On Jan. 1, 1863, President Abraham Lincoln signed the Emancipation Proclamation, declaring that slaves in rebel states were free.

Ten years ago:
The arrival of 2000 saw no terrorist attacks, Y2K meltdowns or mass suicides among doomsday cults, but did see seven continents stepping joyously and peacefully into the New Year.  In his first full day as acting president, Vladimir Putin assured Russians there would be no “vacuum of power” after Boris Yeltsin’s surprise resignation.

Five years ago:
Desperate, homeless villagers on the tsunami-ravaged island of Sumatra mobbed American helicopters carrying aid as the U.S. military launched its largest operation in the region since the Vietnam War. Shirley Chisholm, the first black woman elected to the U.S. Congress, died near Daytona Beach, Fla., at age 80.

One year ago: An Israeli warplane dropped a 2,000-pound bomb on the home of one of Hamas’ top five decision-makers, instantly killing him and 18 others.

Watercooler talk
CANONSBURG, Pa. (AP) — A southwestern Pennsylvania man received a Christmas Eve lesson in the old adage, “Let the buyer beware.” Billy Joe Sanders, of Pittsburgh, said he bought a home in Canonsburg during a Washington County tax sale in August.

When he went to check on the property on Christmas Eve, he learned that it had been torn down by the county’s redevelopment authority — and has since learned his $5,500 won’t be refunded.

County officials said tax sales all include a “buyer beware” clause, and owners are responsible for doing a title search and otherwise checking on the property’s status.

Officials said buyers of homes slated for demolition are usually notified, but sometimes it doesn’t happen.

Author J.D. Salinger is 91. Former Sen. Ernest Hollings, D-S.C., is 88. Actor Ty Hardin is 80. Documentary maker Frederick Wiseman is 80. Actor Frank Langella is 72. Rock singer-musician Country Joe McDonald is 68. Writer-comedian Don Novello is 67. Actor Rick Hurst is 64. Outgoing New Jersey Gov. Jon Corzine is 63. Country singer Steve Ripley (The Tractors) is 60. Sen. Robert Menendez, D-N.J., is 56. Rapper Grandmaster Flash is 52. Actress Ren Woods is 52. Actress Dedee Pfeiffer is 46. Actress Embeth Davidtz is 44. Country singer Brian Flynn (Flynnville Train) is 44. Actor Morris Chestnut is 41. Actor Verne Troyer is 41.

California lotto
Due to early holiday deadlines, Thursday’s Lotto numbers were unavailable at press time. Thursday’s numbers will appear on Saturday.


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