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The's Daybreak: Dec. 27, 2008

Posted: December 26, 2008 9:15 p.m.
Updated: December 27, 2008 4:55 a.m.

Hello, Santa Clarita Valley! 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:

First Word
"Make sure your candles are out when you go to bed ... people light them for a party and forget to put them out."
- Tom Robertson, Los Angeles County Fire Captain. (Click here for story)

Today in History
Today is Saturday, Dec. 27, the 362nd day of 2008. There are four days left in the year.

Today's Highlight in History:
On Dec. 27, 1968, Apollo 8 and its three astronauts made a safe, nighttime splashdown in the Pacific.

Five years ago: Coordinated rebel assaults in Karbala, Iraq, killed 13 people, including six coalition soldiers.

One year ago: Opposition leader Benazir Bhutto was assassinated in Pakistan by an attacker who shot her after a campaign rally and then blew himself up.

Watercooler talk
NEW YORK (AP) - A New York City man has designed a calendar that will drive Bubble Wrap fanatics popping-mad.

The Daily News of New York reports in Thursday editions that Stephen Turbek is selling a poster-size calendar covered with the plastic bubbles. Customers can pop a bubble each day to mark the passage of time.

The Brooklyn man says he has sold thousands of Bubble Calendars. A handmade calendar with paper backing is available online for $30 and a plastic version costs $50.
Turbek says it makes a perfect gift for obsessive people - as long as they don't pop the whole year on the first day they get it.

Former U.S. Sen. James A. McClure, R-Idaho, is 84. Rockabilly musician Scotty Moore is 77. Actor John Amos is 69. ABC News correspondent Cokie Roberts is 65. Rock musician Mick Jones (Foreigner) is 64. Singer Tracy Nelson is 64. Actor Gerard Depardieu is 60. Jazz singer-musician T.S. Monk is 59. Singer-songwriter Karla Bonoff is 57. Actress Tovah Feldshuh is 56. Rock musician David Knopfler (Dire Straits) is 56. Journalist-turned-politician Arthur Kent is 55. Actress Maryam D'Abo is 48. Country musician Jeff Bryant is 46. Actor Ian Gomez is 44. Actress Theresa Randle is 44. Actress Eva LaRue is 42.

California Lottery

Mega Millions
6-19-29-33-37 Mega: 31
Draw date: Friday, Dec. 26
Jackpot: $ 29 million

7-10-23-26-40 Mega: 26
Draw date: Wednesday, Dec. 24
Jackpot: $ 35 million

Fantasy 5
Draw date: Friday, Dec. 26

Daily 4
Draw date: Friday, Dec. 26

Daily 3
Midday: 6-1-4
Evening: 8-5-3
Draw date: Friday, Dec. 26

Daily Derby
1st: 05 California Classic
2nd: 11 Money Bags
3rd: 08 Gorgeous George
Race time: 1:40.25
Draw date: Friday, Dec. 26

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