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Significant Digits For Thursday, April 28, 2016

Welcome to Significant Digits, a daily digest of the telling numbers tucked inside the news.

7 years

Real-estate heir Robert Durst, who last year was the subject of HBO’s “The Jinx” documentary series, was sentenced Thursday to seven years in prison for a federal gun crime in Louisiana. He’ll likely serve his time in California, where he is charged with murdering his friend, Susan Berman. [Reuters]

40 people

Harvard is in the middle of a mumps outbreak, with 40 people sickened by the virus over the past two months. If the infection continues to spread, it could affect commencement. [CNN]

96 football players

Number of college underclassmen who opted to enter the NFL draft this year, passing up additional years of development in exchange for a potential NFL career with a big — well, since we don’t pay college athletes, let’s call it “any” — payday. That’s the second-highest number ever. [The New York Times]

120 people

A massive raid in the Bronx Wednesday led to the the arrests of 120 alleged gang members. The arrests targeted two rival gangs, Big Money Bosses and 2Fly YGz. It’s believed to be the largest gang-related arrest ever made in New York. [CBS New York]


The House of Representatives has passed the National Bison Legacy Act, which makes the bison our first national mammal. Not that we’ve always treated it well: the bison was once nearly extinct, leaving 30,000 wild bison left in the American West. There are another 400,000 in the country being raised as livestock. [The Guardian]

$46 billion

Apple’s quarterly report Tuesday detailed a decline in year-over-year revenue — the first time that’s happened in 13 years — which led to a large drop in the price of the company’s stock. The market for Apple’s existing product line is not growing like it once did, and its new products like the Apple Watch haven’t set the world aflame. The stock dropped as much as 8 percent Wednesday, which temporarily wiped out $46 billion from its market capitalization, before finishing the day 6.2 percent down. [CNBC]

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Walt Hickey was FiveThirtyEight’s chief culture writer.