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Significant Digits For Thursday, July 9, 2015

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2 shots

Norwegian police officers fired their guns a mere two times in the line of duty in 2014; no one was killed or injured. In the past 12 years, only two people have been killed by police in shootouts. [The Local]

3.5 hours

A technical problem halted trading on the New York Stock Exchange from about 11:30 a.m. to just after 3 p.m. Eastern time. The market was not able to provide accurate data, and the exchange’s president suspended trading. [Bloomberg]

12 times

In what is by far the weirdest story I have heard all week, mustachioed actor Tom Selleck has been accused by a Southern California municipal water district of using a commercial truck to pull water from a hydrant and bring it back to his home — on 12 different occasions. The district has filed suit against the actor. [The Hollywood Reporter]

10 days

It looks like Maine Gov. Paul LePage may have messed up. He had 10 days to veto a bill he opposes that gives aid to immigrant asylum-seekers but did not. His office says that by not acting on the legislation, the governor in fact pulled off a “pocket veto,” killing the bill. However, legislative leaders and opponents of the governor say that is not how it works in Maine and that LePage’s inaction actually means the bill has become law. [Maine Beacon]

23 seasons

Comedy Central renewed “South Park” for three more seasons, which will bring the show through 2019 and 23 seasons. [Variety]

45 percent

The percentage of U.S. companies that log their employees’ keystrokes, according to an American Management Association survey. That’s one way employers have increased their monitoring of workers. [The Week]


Vanuatu crushed Micronesia 46-0 in a men’s soccer Olympic qualifying tournament. Interestingly, Vanuatu had to run up the score against Micronesia in its quest to avoid elimination from the tournament. It didn’t work. [The Guardian]

90 cities

Taco Bell is now a delivery option for customers in 90 cities in the Los Angeles, San Francisco and Dallas metropolitan areas. This ends very badly for me in several months after the service rolls out in Jersey City — I can see it now. [Eater]


A Texas woman who was hounded by robocalls from Time Warner Cable was awarded $230,000 by a judge after she sued the company. In related news, justice is real in the world. [Associated Press]

14.99 million

That’s the new estimate for California’s Latino population, which now exceeds the state’s white population. [The Guardian]

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Walt Hickey was FiveThirtyEight’s chief culture writer.