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23.1 million

The number of missing baby girls around the world from 1970 to 2017 due to sex-selective abortions. A new PNAS study of the sex ratio imbalance found most missing female births occurred in China and India.


The average teacher salary in New York—the highest in the United States—according to National Education Association estimates. Mississippi paid teachers $45,574 on average.


The number of children the average American woman will bear in her lifetime at current rates. Preliminary government figures released in May found that last year’s U.S. total fertility rate was 1,728 births per 1,000 women, an all-time low.

16 pounds

The weight of the 2-foot-tall golden crown used in the May 4 coronation of Thailand’s new King Maha Vajiralongkorn.


The average debt balance held by U.S. college students who graduated in 2018 with the help of student loans.

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The number of subpoenas Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s team issued in its investigation of Russian interference in the 2016 election. The U.S. attorney general delivered the team’s final report to Congress in April.


The share of modern Russians who say Soviet dictator Josef Stalin’s rule was good for the country, a record high, according to a March Levada poll. Under Stalin, millions of Soviet citizens died of famine or by execution.

91 million

The number of monthly Uber users at the end of 2018, according to the ride-sharing company.


The number of volunteers kicked out of the Boy Scouts since 1944 because of accusations they sexually abused children, according to an analysis of the organization’s records.


The finish time of Kenyan runner Lawrence Cherono, the fastest man in the Boston Marathon this year, during the race held on April 15. The fastest time for a woman went to Ethiopian Worknesh Degefa, who finished at 2:23:31.

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The number of U.S. service members killed in Afghanistan this year. Three died from a Taliban car bomb attack on April 8.


The number of confirmed or suspected cases of Ebola in an outbreak that began last year in the Democratic Republic of Congo. As of April 2, health officials said 683 people had died.


The number of times Senate Democrats requested more time to debate Trump administration nominees during President Trump’s first two years in office, clogging the legislative calendar. Republicans on April 3 changed Senate rules to shorten debate time on lower-level nominees.

$1.2 billion

The value of a recently uncovered, fraudulent Medicare scheme in which federal investigators say doctors and medical companies billed the U.S. government for unnecessary back, shoulder, wrist, and knee braces.


The number of tennis singles titles Roger Federer has won, including his March 31 victory at the Miami Open. He lacks just eight titles to match Jimmy Connors’ all-time record.

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