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Significant Digits For Tuesday, April 12, 2016

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2 votes

Donald Trump will be at least two votes short of his expectations in next week’s New York primary because his children Ivanka and Eric missed the deadline to register as Republicans. [The Daily Beast]


3 days

NASA has recovered the Kepler space telescope, which hunts for far-flung planets, after the spacecraft entered emergency mode last Thursday. Scientists are still trying to figure what went down during its three-day sabbatical. [Gizmodo]


53.7 percent

We’re a week away from the New York primary, and Donald Trump is the favorite to win the Republican race in both of FiveThirtyEight’s primary forecasts. The key thing to watch is how many delegates Trump pulls, which is a little complicated because New York delegates are allocated by congressional district as well as statewide. Right now, FiveThirtyEight’s polls-plus projection gives Trump 53.7 percent of the vote. John Kasich and Ted Cruz are projected to roughly split the rest. [FiveThirtyEight]


20,000 bombs

The U.S. dropped upwards of 20,000 guided bombs and missiles into Iraq and Syria last year and has been transferring ammunition to its allies as part of the war against the Islamic State. This, among other things, has contributed to a diminished stockpile of bombs and missiles: The secretary of defense asked for funding for 45,000 smart bombs in the 2017 budget to replenish stocks. [Public Radio International]


$4.75 million

Estimated annual cost for the operation of a 180-foot yacht, according to the not-at-all-elitist-sounding U.S. Superyacht Association. This is a high maintenance fee for an already expensive product, so it shouldn’t come as too much of a surprise that some yachters are unhappy with the rate at which these boats are catching fire and burning into the sea. A string of yacht conflagrations around the world are the talk of the yacht club. [Bloomberg]


$5 billion

Goldman Sachs will pay a $2.4 billion civil penalty, $1.8 billion to borrowers and homeowners and $875 million in other claims as part of a $5 billion settlement over its sale of mortgage-backed securities ahead of the 2008 financial crisis. [CNBC]


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Walt Hickey was FiveThirtyEight’s chief culture writer.

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