Numbers: May 1, 2006

2% Decrease in U.S. deaths in 2004 from 2003, the largest decline since 1938

77.9 years Life expectancy for a U.S. baby born in 2004, up from 77.5 years in 2003

9.2 million U.N.'s estimate of the number of refugees worldwide who have fled their home countries, the fewest in 25 years

25 million Number of people worldwide living displaced within their own country due to internal conflicts

$46.3 million Budget deficit for 2004 and 2005 reported by the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Boston last week

$150 million Amount the Boston archdiocese has paid in the past three years in legal...

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