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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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The number of people killed during a shooting rampage at two mosques in Christchurch, New Zealand, on March 15. The accused gunman, a white supremacist, live-streamed the attack online.

$13.3 billion

The cost of U.S. productivity losses owing to employees following March Madness instead of working, according to Challenger, Gray & Christmas.


The share of U.S. businesses without any paid employees, according to the U.S. Census Bureau.

$270 million

The amount Purdue Pharma and its owners agreed to pay to settle Oklahoma’s claims that the drugmaker aggressively and illegally marketed its addictive OxyContin painkiller. The lawsuit is one of 1,600 cases charging Purdue with complicity in the opioid addiction crisis.


The number of President Trump’s judicial nominees that the Senate had confirmed as of March 26. The Senate had confirmed 76 of President Obama’s judicial nominees at the same point in his presidency.

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9.45 ounces

The birth weight of a tiny baby boy born in a Tokyo hospital last August and discharged in February. Now healthy, he is thought to be the smallest male baby ever successfully treated and sent home. (A few girls have been smaller.)


The reported number of new businesses opening every day in China last year, according to Bloomberg.


The number of Catholic priests in the world in 2017, according to the Vatican’s most recent figures. For the first time since 2010, the number was a decrease from the previous year.


The estimated number of pedestrians killed in traffic in the United States last year, the most since 1990.


The age of Kane Tanaka, a Japanese woman that Guinness World Records recognized in March as the world’s oldest living person.

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