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Daybreak: Dec. 17, 2008

Posted: December 16, 2008 8:42 p.m.
Updated: December 17, 2008 4:59 a.m.

The Wright biplane, piloted by Orville Wright, has just taken off from a monorail launching strip on a field at Kitty Hawk, N.C. on Dec. 17, 1903. Wilbur Wright, running along the right side of the aircraft, held onto the wing to balance the machine until it left the monorail.

First word
"The not knowing has been a torture, but that journey's over."
- "America's Most Wanted" host John Walsh, father of murder victim Adam Walsh, upon finally learning how the 6-year-old died in 1981

Today in history
Today is Wednesday, Dec. 17, the 352nd day of 2008. There are 14 days left in the year.

Today's Highlight in History: On Dec. 17, 1903, Wilbur and Orville Wright of Dayton, Ohio, conducted the first successful manned powered-airplane flights, near Kitty Hawk, N.C., using their experimental craft, the Wright Flyer.

Ten years ago: The United States hit Iraq with a second wave of punishing airstrikes. Republicans advanced the impeachment case against President Bill Clinton to the House floor for a debate the following day.

Watercooler talk
BEAUMONT, Texas (AP) - Police responding to a store's burglar alarm found a less-than-hardened criminal inside: He was 4, and playing with the toys.

Detective Randy Stevens says the child apparently unlocked a door at his nearby home, got out, then crossed a street to reach the discount store.

Store surveillance video shows the unidentified boy trying one of the front doors to a Family Dollar store about 3 a.m. Monday, only to find it locked. But the second door was unlocked and the child went inside.
That triggered the silent alarm.

"When the officers got there, he was showing them his toys," Officer Crystal Holmes said.

Newspaper columnist William Safire is 79. Actor Armin Mueller-Stahl is 78. Magazine publisher Robert Guccione is 78. Actor George Lindsey is 73. Singer-actor Tommy Steele is 72. Rock singer-musician Art Neville is 71. Actor Bernard Hill is 64. Actor Christopher Cazenove is 63. Actor Ernie Hudson is 63. Comedian-actor Eugene Levy is 62. Actor Wes Studi is 61. Pop musician Jim Bonfanti (The Raspberries) is 60. Rock singer Paul Rodgers is 59. Rhythm-and-blues singer Wanda Hutchinson (The Emotions) is 57. Actor Bill Pullman is 55. Actor Barry Livingston is 55. Country singer Sharon White is 55. Producer-director-writer Peter Farrelly is 52.

Mega Millions
10-14-16-29-40 Mega: 6
Draw date: Tuesday, Dec. 16
Jackpot: $12 million

20-22-25-32-45 Mega: 12
Draw date: Saturday, Dec. 13
Jackpot: $31 million

Fantasy 5
Draw date: Tuesday, Dec. 16

Daily 4
Draw date: Tuesday, Dec. 16

Daily 3
Midday: 5-4-5
Evening: 6-5-4
Draw date: Tuesday, Dec. 16

Daily Derby
1st: 11 Money Bags
2nd: 05 California Classic
3rd: Lucky Star
Race time: 1:46.37
Draw date: Tuesday, Dec. 16


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