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Minimum grade to reap the benefits of a proposed tuition-free community college system proposed by President Obama. If all states participate, the program could cover almost 9 million people. [The New York Times]
Rob Konrad, a former NFL fullback, swam 9 miles back to shore after falling off his boat while fishing off the coast of South Florida. Seems worth noting that he once played for the Miami Dolphins. [Associated Press]
12.9 percent uninsured
The uninsured rate among U.S. adults is at 12.9 percent, down from 13.4 percent in the third quarter of 2014 and steeply down from 17.1 percent a year ago. [Gallup]
17 degrees Fahrenheit
That’s the forecasted high for Mars, specifically the location of the Curiosity rover’s location in the Gale Crater. It’s also warmer than the forecasted high for the entire state of Michigan on Friday. [@MarsWxReport]
20.3 percent cut
Five years out from a devastating earthquake, that’s the number of Haitians still living in tent camps as of September 2014. [CEPR]
42 million people
Auction houses Christie’s and Sotheby’s are returning to the practice of guaranteeing sellers a price, which would require the auction houses to pay out in the event of an unimpressive sale. Sotheby’s lost $52 million in a single season in late 2008, after guaranteeing prices to sellers. [The New York Times]
$70 million fine
Honda was fined a record $70 million for underreporting fatal accidents and injuries to the government. [The New York Times]
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CORRECTION (Jan. 9, 11:05 a.m.): An earlier version of this article incorrectly said that the uninsured rate among U.S. adults decreased 17.1 percent from a year ago. It is down from last year’s rate of 17.1 percent.