■ The number of fatal shootings by police officers in 2016 remained about the same as the year before, with 957 people killed by police—compared with 991 in 2015. Black males made up 34 percent of the unarmed people killed by police, though black males are 6 percent of the population.
The Washington Post
■ The number of law enforcement officers killed on the job rose to a five-year high in 2016, with 135_officers losing their lives. Of those deaths, 64 were shooting fatalities, and 21_officers died in planned ambush attacks.
■ Among the items confiscated from air travelers’ carry-on bags by the Transportation Security Administration this year were a baseball bat wrapped in barbed wire, a blowtorch, a plastic gun made in a 3-D printer, two live smoke grenades, five dead sea horses floating in a liquor bottle, and two loaded spear guns.
Los Angeles Times
■ Donald Trump is inheriting an estimated 103 judicial vacancies in the federal courts—nearly double the 54 openings Barack Obama found after George W. Bush’s presidency. After Republicans took control of the Senate in 2015, they slowed confirmation of Obama’s judicial nominees to a crawl.
■ Americans and Europeans dramatically overestimate the Muslim population in their countries. In a recent survey, the average French respondent estimated France’s Muslim population at 31 percent; it is actually 7.5 percent. In the U.S., respondents believed that one in every six people is a Muslim. It’s actually one in 100.