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Significant Digits For Wednesday, May 17, 2017

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40 percent

That’s the percentage of working Americans ages 25 to 29 who had at least a bachelor’s degree in 2016. That’s higher than the share of working 25- to 29-years-olds in 2000, 1985 and 1964. [Pew Research Center]


A new Public Policy Polling survey has control of the House of Representatives in play in the 2018 midterms, with Democrats up 49 to 38 in the generic congressional ballot. [Public Policy Polling]


An international ransomware attack that hacked and encrypted files in an attempt to shake down users for bitcoin doesn’t appear to have been financially fruitful, with analysts saying only about $50,000 in ransoms had been paid by Monday. [Bloomberg]

$3.5 million

Federal investigators are looking into a $3.5 million mortgage taken out by former Donald Trump campaign manager Paul Manafort. [NBC News]

$3 billion

Yahoo will buy back up to $3 billion in shares from stockholders who desperately want to finally get off the wild ride — or who wouldn’t be caught dead with a company renamed “Altaba” in their portfolios. [Reuters]

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Walt Hickey was FiveThirtyEight’s chief culture writer.