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Significant Digits For Tuesday, March 6, 2018

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Despite being allocated $120 million since late 2016 to oppose foreign efforts to interfere in American elections, the State Department has spent $0 of that. At the current time, zero of the 23 analysts in the Global Engagement Center assigned to counter Russian misinformation campaigns speak Russian. [The New York Times]

3 incidents

A San Francisco Chronicle combed through 911 calls and reports and found three incidents from the new Apple headquarters where employees were injured because they walked into glass doors. It’s apparently a pretty big problem with the gleaming, shiny new “spaceship” headquarters. [SF Chronicle]

6 board seats

Broadcom will win all six board seats it sought on the board of acquisition target Qualcomm, signaling an end to a dog-eat-dog dance between the two chip makers. Should they pull it off, Broadcom will be able to negotiate the $117 billion hostile takeover. [Bloomberg]

2,200 trains daily

Number of trains that run along the Northeast Corridor, a 457-mile stretch of track connecting Boston to Washington via New York and Philly. A key link in that stretch is the tunnel underneath the Hudson River that is currently crumbling, and which the Trump administration backed out of funding. The Northeast contributes like $3 trillion annually to the U.S. economy. [Bloomberg]

$7.36 million

Judge Kiyo Matsumoto ruled that notorious pharmaceutical bro and convicted fraudster Martin Shkreli will have to forfeit $7.36 million to the federal government. This will come in the form of $5 million in cash and brokerage accounts, his stake in a drug company, a painting by Pablo Picasso, and that one of a kind Wu-Tang Clan album he bought. [CNBC]

50 million

Number of people under in the path of a powerful storm between now and Wednesday, with 20 states from Montana to Maine in the range of a snowstorm that will hit blizzard conditions in some Western areas. It’ll be the second storm the Northeast endured in a week, a Nor’easter that left hundreds of thousands of people without power. [ABC News]

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CORRECTION (March 6, 12:05 p.m.): An earlier version of this article incorrectly identified the year in which the State Department was allocated funds to oppose foreign election meddling. It was in 2016, not 2015.


Walt Hickey was FiveThirtyEight’s chief culture writer.