1. States that have legalized same-sex marriage.
In 2013, Rhode Island, Delaware, Minnesota, New Jersey, Hawaii, and Illinois legalized same-sex marriage, and a Supreme Court ruling on Proposition 8 made same-sex marriage legal in California.
2. The implementation of the Affordable Care Act in its first month.
In the first month of the Affordable Care Act, 19 states enrolled less than 1,000 people. In North Dakota, only 42 people enrolled.
3. National Parks that were opened during the federal government shutdown because states paid for them.
The federal government shutdown meant the temporary closure of the National Parks system. Arizona, Colorado, New York, South Dakota, and Utah spent state money to reopen some of the parks in their state, however.
7. Franchise Blockbuster locations that could remain open after DISH closes all remaining corporate locations.
In November, DISH announced it would close all its Blockbuster locations. There are, however, franchise locations that operate independent of DISH that won’t necessarily close. See the full details here.
11. What the United States would look like if everyone who wanted to start their own state got their way.
This year, counties in northern California and northeastern Colorado voted to start their own state. They aren’t the first to try. See a list of other would-be 51st states here.
14. The percentage of homes in each state that are owned with a mortgage following the housing market crash.
The U.S. Census Bureau released statistics in November about how home ownership was affected by the recession. See more data here.
15. The states with the highest percentage of residents who are unemployed.
TopMastersInHealthCare.com published a series of maps in September of where bad things happen. Nevada was the top state, with 9.6% of residents unemployed. See the full series here.
20. Where the National Hockey League would relocate if Nate Silver were in charge.
21. How many meth labs are in each county.
There have been nearly 84,000 meth lab seizures since 2004, according to the Drug Enforcement Administration, but it’s estimated as few as 5% of them are ever actually discovered by authorities. Read more about homes used as meth labs here.
- The Trump administration is rolling back an Obama-era policy aimed at protecting transgender students in public schools.
- North Dakota police have begun clearing out Standing Rock protester camps at the Dakota Access Pipeline site.
- Seven Earth-sized planets that could have water and possibly sustain life have been discovered orbiting a dwarf star, NASA announced today.
- Facebook is in negotiations with the Major League Baseball League to possibly stream one game per week during the 2017 season.