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The Signal.com's Daybreak: Jan. 18, 2010

Posted: January 17, 2010 10:10 p.m.
Updated: January 18, 2010 4:55 a.m.
 
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 Monday, Jan. 18, the 18th day of 2010. There are 347 days left in the year. This is the Martin Luther King Jr. holiday.

Today's Highlight in History:

On Jan. 18, 1949, Charles Ponzi, engineer of one of the most spectacular swindles in history, died destitute in the charity ward of a hospital in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, at age 66.

Ten years ago: In a blow to the Pentagon's push to develop a national missile defense by 2005, officials announced that a prototype missile interceptor had roared into space in search of a mock warhead over the Pacific, but had failed to hit it.

Watercooler talk
SAN DIEGO (AP) - Fire officials said a San Diego middle school was evacuated when a student's science project was mistaken for a bomb. Fire-Rescue spokesman Maurice Luque said a vice principal's concerns prompted the evacuation of Millennial Tech Magnet Middle School Friday afternoon. Luque said an arson team took photos and x-rays of the empty plastic bottle with wires and determined it was harmless.

Luque says the 11-year-old boy was trying to build a motion detector from instructions he found on the Internet and parts he bought online with help from his father. His parents did not realize that the object looked threatening.

He said the student was "a genius-type kid" who undertook the project on his own, had no intentions of hurting anyone or causing any disruptions.

Birthdays
Movie director John Boorman is 77. Sen. Paul Kirk (D-Mass.) is 72. Singer-songwriter Bobby Goldsboro is 69. Comedian-singer-musician Brett Hudson is 57. Actor-director Kevin Costner is 55. Country singer Mark Collie is 54. Actress Jane Horrocks is 46. Comedian Dave Attell is 45. Actor Jesse L. Martin is 41. Rapper DJ Quik is 40. Rock singer Jonathan Davis (Korn) is 39. Singer Christian Burns (BBMak) is 37. NAACP chief executive Benjamin Todd Jealous is 37. Actor Derek Richardson is 34. Actor Jason Segel is 30. Actress Samantha Mumba is 27. Country singer Kristy Lee Cook (TV: "American Idol") is 26.

California Lotto
Mega Millions

4-7-19-21-38 Mega: 29
Draw date: Friday, Jan. 15
Jackpot: $86 million

SuperLotto
26-29-33-42-44 Mega: 22
Draw date: Saturday, Jan. 16
Jackpot: $11 million

Fantasy 5
9-13-14-27-28
Draw date: Sunday, Jan. 17

Daily 4
6-2-3-2
Draw date: Sunday, Jan. 17

Daily 3
Midday: 9-9-3
Evening: 8-4-9
Draw date: Sunday, Jan. 17

Daily Derby
1st: 11 Money Bags
2nd: 03 Hot Shot
3rd: 05 California Classic
Race time: 1:42:88
Draw date: Sunday, Jan. 17

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