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The's Daybreak: Feb. 18, 2010

Posted: February 17, 2010 9:41 p.m.
Updated: February 18, 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 Thursday, Feb. 18, the 49th day of 2010. There are 316 days left in the year.

Today’s Highlight in History: On Feb. 18, 1885, Mark Twain’s “Adventures of Huckleberry Finn” was published in the United States for the first time (it had been published in Canada and England the previous December).

Five years ago: Explosions tore through Baghdad and a nearby city on the eve of Shiite Muslims’ holiest day, killing three dozen people. Uli Derickson, the flight attendant who’d helped save passengers during the 1985 TWA hijacking, died in Tucson, Ariz., at age 60.

Watercooler Talk
CHARLEROI, Pa. (AP) — A southwestern Pennsylvania woman was charged with hitting her adult son with a Louisville Slugger after she allegedly came home drunk. Linda Newstrom, 49, faces a preliminary hearing Feb. 25 on simple assault and other crimes in Valentine’s Day incident.

Charleroi police said Newstrom kicked her 21-year-old son Jeffrey out of the house, then swung the bat at him, connecting on her third swing.

Former Cosmopolitan editor Helen Gurley Brown is 88. Actor George Kennedy is 85. Former Sen. John Warner (R-Va.) is 83. Author Toni Morrison is 79. Movie director Milos Forman is 78. Singer/songwriter Bobby Hart is 71. Singer Irma Thomas is 69. Actress Cybill Shepherd is 60. Rock musician Robbie Bachman is 57. Rock musician Larry Rust (Iron Butterfly) is 57. Actor John Travolta is 56. Game show host Vanna White is 53. Actress Greta Scacchi is 50. Actor Matt Dillon is 46. Rapper Dr. Dre is 45. Actress Molly Ringwald is 42. Singer-musician Sean Watkins (Nickel Creek) is 33. Actor Tyrone Burton is 31.

Mega Millions
11-21-21-29-45 Mega: 5
Draw date: Tuesday, Feb. 16
Jackpot: $56 million

11-21-23-29-49 Mega: 9
Draw date: Wednesday, Feb. 17
Jackpot: $9 million

Fantasy 5
Draw date: Wednesday, Feb. 17

Daily 4
Draw date: Wednesday, Feb. 17

Daily 3
Midday: 7-7-4
Evening: 1-9-7
Draw date: Wednesday, Feb. 17

Daily Derby
1st: 01 Gold Rush
2nd: 04 Big Ben
3rd: 03 Hot Shot
Race time: 1:47.34
Draw date: Wednesday, Feb. 17


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