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Significant Digits For Monday, July 11, 2016

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Portugal defeated France 1-0 in the championship game of the Euro 2016 soccer tournament in the Stade de France Sunday. This win was accompanied by an unrelenting assault on the stadium by an army of moths, which I presume was either from a low-rent Icelandic or Welsh super-villain, or someone who forgot to turn the world’s largest porch light off. [The Guardian, Quartz]

2 years

The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services announced Friday that it will ban Theranos founder Elizabeth Holmes from performing blood tests for two years, and that it will revoke Theranos’s license for the company’s lab in California, indicating that the safety of patients is in jeopardy. The company — which voided some test results from 2014 and 2015 — has returned inaccurate blood tests. There’s still time to appeal, but the decision is a hugely consequential one for the once-$9 billion start up. [Wall Street Journal]

22 majors

Serena Williams won her 22nd major title at Wimbledon Saturday, tying the record set by Steffi Graf for majors won in the Open-era. Nine of those wins came after Williams turned 30, putting her into an elite class. [FiveThirtyEight]

Rule 40

Are you ready for some RNC intrigue? I totally am. A group of delegates to the Republican National Committee do not want Trump to be the standard bearer of its party. This group is probably going to fail. So what’s next? Mild irritation to the nominee. A delegate faction is pushing a change to Rule 40 of the convention rules to give them a stronger route to reject the nominee’s preferred veep, making it easier to get alternate candidates in the mix. [Buzzfeed]


A 29-year-old bullfighter was gored Saturday on live television, leading to his death. He’s the first professional to die in a Spanish bullfight since 1985. [Time]


In the 2012 presidential election, board members of the Republican Jewish Coalition donated at least $16.5 million to the campaign and supporting super PAC of nominee Mitt Romney. Donald Trump — who fired off a tweet last week that has been called anti-semitic — has raised merely $5,400 from board members through May. It’s just one niche of the GOP that Trump has struggled to win over, contributing to his overall fundraising shortfall. [Wall Street Journal]

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Walt Hickey was FiveThirtyEight’s chief culture writer.