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The share of American teenagers who rarely or never talk with their friends about religion, according to the Pew Research Center.

1 in 31

The rate of twin births among U.S. women last year. The twin delivery rate has decreased from a 2014 high of 1 in 29 births, likely due to changing in vitro fertilization practices. (In 1980, the rate was 1 in 53.)


The number of people killed (with over 6,000 injured) in violent clashes between police and anti-government protesters in Iraq in early October.


The number of unaccompanied minors U.S. Border Patrol agents caught crossing the U.S. border in the 12 months ending in August, up 58 percent from the previous year.


The number of people living in an average American household. That’s up from 2.58 in 2010, marking the first time in at least 160 years the number of people per household has increased.

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The share of Americans who say they believe members of Congress behave unethically either “some of the time” or “all or most of the time,” according to Pew Research Center.

1 million

The number of active cases backlogged in U.S. immigration courts at the end of August.


The number of U.S. military personnel deployed to Afghanistan at least once since 2001, when the United States began fighting terrorists there following the 9/11 attacks.

1 in 16

The share of American women ages 18 to 44 who say their first experience of sexual intercourse was forced or coerced, according to a study in JAMA Internal Medicine.


The projected amount of government education spending per student enrolled in U.S. public schools this year. 

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The age of Jeanne Socrates, who on Sept. 7 became the oldest person to sail around the world alone, nonstop, and unassisted.

$4 billion

The price for which Exxon Mobil Corp. will sell its oil and gas assets in Norway, according to the Reuters news service, closing out the American company’s operations there after more than 100 years.

1.3 mph

The average speed of Hurricane Dorian over one 24-hour period, making it the slowest major Atlantic hurricane ever measured, according to climate researcher Robert Rohde.

419 million

The number of exposed names and telephone numbers (including many apparent duplicates) in a newly revealed Facebook privacy lapse that likely occurred in 2018.


The proportion of U.S. Navy personnel who qualify as obese, according to a new Defense Department study.

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