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The's Daybreak: Jan. 5, 2008

Posted: January 4, 2009 9:53 p.m.
Updated: January 5, 2009 4:30 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
"It's good for kids to get outside and check everything out," Samantha Thompson, mother
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 Today in History
On Jan. 5, 1896, an Austrian newspaper, Wiener Presse, reported the discovery by German physicist Wilhelm Roentgen of a type of radiation that came to be known as "X-rays."

Five years ago: Foreigners arriving at U.S. airports were photographed and had their fingerprints scanned in an effort to keep terrorists out of the country. China confirmed its first SARS case since an outbreak was contained in July 2003.

Watercooler Talk
NEW YORK — A federal judge in Brooklyn has rejected a Liberian woman’s religious reasons for smuggling endangered monkey meat into the country.

U.S. District Judge Raymond J. Dearie ruled Wednesday that Mamie Manneh’s faith didn’t preclude her from applying for permits to import exotic food or explain why she misled officials.

Manneh was charged with smuggling the meat three years ago after customs agents seized a shipment of primate parts as it passed through Kennedy Airport on the way to her home in Staten Island.

Manneh’s lawyers claimed a First Amendment right, arguing that some Liberian Christians eat monkey meat for spiritual reasons.

Former Vice President Walter F. Mondale is 81. Actor Robert Duvall is 78. Football Hall-of-Fame coach Chuck Noll is 77. King Juan Carlos of Spain is 71. Talk show host Charlie Rose is 67. Actress-director Diane Keaton is 63. Actor Ted Lange is 61. Rhythm-and-blues musician George "Funky" Brown (Kool and the Gang) is 60. Rock musician Chris Stein (Blondie) is 59. Actress Pamela Sue Martin is 56. Actor Clancy Brown is 50. Singer Iris Dement is 48. Actor Ricky Paull Goldin is 44. Actor Vinnie Jones is 44. Rock musician Kate Schellenbach (Luscious Jackson) is 43. Actress Heather Paige Kent is 40. Rock singer Marilyn Manson is 40. Actress January Jones is 31.

Mega Millions
2-11-19-21-34 Mega: 38
Draw date: Friday, Jan. 2
Jackpot: $12 million

5-14-37-44-47 Mega: 25
Draw date: Saturday, Jan. 3
Jackpot: $41 million

Fantasy 5
Draw date: Sunday, Jan. 4

Daily 4
Draw date: Sunday, Jan. 4

Daily 3
Midday: 7-6-0
Evening: 4-3-6
Draw date: Sunday, Jan. 4

Daily Derby
1st: 07 Eureka
2nd: 03 Hot Shot
3rd: 04 Big Ben
Race time: 1:42.18
Draw date: Sunday, Jan. 4

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