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7 percent

More news from big banks: Goldman Sachs reported on Friday a 7 percent decrease in profits in the fourth quarter. As reported by the New York Times, today’s latest report joins disappointing results from JPMorgan Chase, Bank of America and Citigroup.

600 jobs

The drop in price of crude oil isn’t just a big, global story  it hits local industry, too. For example, in Lorain, Ohio,  the steel mill says it will have to get rid of 600 jobs  nearly every employee  because demand for steel for drilling and shale exploration has dropped significantly. 

2 sand mines

Sand mining has turned parts of rural Wisconsin inside out, thanks to fracking for oil and gas. When Trempealeau County, Wisconsin, tried to set limits on new sand mines, mining companies examined how local government is structured in rural Wisconsin and got creative. Since the county only regulates mining in unincorporated areas, companies went to some cities and asked to be annexed  cities like Independence, population 1,363, now home to two sand mines.

19 Oscar nominations

Well, now she’s just showing off. With this year’s Oscar nominations, Meryl Streep has racked up 19. Check out our breakdown of the numbers behind the golden statue.


Et tu, glitter? $9.99 is how much it will cost to send an envelope of glitter to your enemies via Australian startup Don’t want to be part of the glitterati? Show your tech savvy over at Silicon Tally, our weekly quiz on the week in tech news.

10 points

That’s how many points a player needs to gather to win a game of Settlers of Catan. Just ask the Green Bay Packers, who apparently are huge fans.

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