Numbers: Nov. 14, 2005

$3.7 billion Bill submitted to Louisiana last week to cover roughly 9% of what FEMA spent there in posthurricane aid

$8 billion Typical annual expenditures by the state, which is also facing loss of tax revenues in Katrina's wake

15 Number of days' notice the U.S. Labor Department agreed to give Wal-Mart stores before inspecting for child-labor violations, a move criticized by Labor's inspector general

$135,540 Amount the settlement--sparked by 85 violations--made Wal-Mart pay, without an admission of wrongdoing

3.7% Increase in the share price of Merck the day a jury found its Vioxx drug had not caused a postal worker's...

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