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98.2 million

The number of Americans who tuned in to the 2019 Super Bowl on Feb. 3, down from 103.4 million last year, according to Nielsen.


The inches of snow that had fallen on Seattle by the first 12 days of February, making it the city’s second-snowiest February on record.

2.99 billion

The number of trips the Chinese government expected travelers in the country to make by train, plane, and automobile between Jan. 21 and March 1 as they visit family for Chinese New Year.


The number of people killed in Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte’s war on drugs as of November, according to Philippine officials. Human rights groups say the death toll could actually be 20,000.

$1.9 billion

The amount consumers expected to spend on flowers for Valentine’s Day this year, according to a National Retail Federation survey.

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The percentage of plays Tony Romo correctly predicted as an NFL broadcaster this season. The figure is higher than Patriots quarterback Tom Brady’s season completion percentage.

$238 million

The amount billionaire hedge fund manager Ken Griffin paid for a new penthouse under construction in New York City, the most expensive house in U.S. history.


The number of votes cast, out of 425 possible, to induct Mariano Rivera into the National Baseball Hall of Fame. The former New York Yankee pitcher is the first-ever baseball player to be inducted into the Hall of Fame unanimously.


The growth in the U.S. immigration court backlog during the partial government shutdown, an increase of at least 80,000 cases.


The number of consecutive games in which Rockets guard James Harden had scored 30 points as of Jan. 29—a streak surpassed only by Wilt Chamberlain, who scored at least 30 points in 65 straight games in 1961 and 1962.

139 million

The number of subscribers worldwide to the movie-streaming giant Netflix.

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The number of states that have legalized medical marijuana: Oklahoma, Missouri, and Utah joined the ranks in 2018. Ten states have also legalized recreational pot.

13.3 percent

The top marginal individual income tax rate in California, the highest rate of any state.


The average charitable giving tax deduction taken on 2016 tax returns by Wyoming residents, higher than in any other state. The lowest state average, at $3,354: Rhode Island.

$30 billion

The potential liabilities that California gas and electric utility PG&E faces due to wildfires sparked by the company’s equipment. The utility announced Jan. 14 it would file for bankruptcy.


The number of abortion facilities in the United States at the end of 2018 (seven fewer than in 2017), according to a survey by Operation Rescue.

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