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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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$572 million

The amount Oklahoma Judge Thad Balkman on Aug. 26 ordered Johnson & Johnson and its subsidiaries to pay for the drugmaker’s liability in Oklahoma’s opioid drug crisis.


The portion of U.S. children ages 6 to 12 who regularly played team sports in 2018, down from 45 percent in 2008, according to the Sports & Fitness Industry Association.

$1.32 million

The sales price for a 125-year-old dime sold at auction in Chicago on Aug. 15. The 1894-S Barber Dime is one of only 24 ever made.


The minimum amount guide companies must charge climbers at Mount Everest under newly proposed rules. Authorities in Nepal hope new regulations will cut the crowding on the world’s tallest peak that contributed to 11 fatalities this year.

1 in 5

The number of American high-school students vaping last year, up 78 percent from 2017.

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