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Numbers: Jun. 14, 1999

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Melissa August, Harriet Barovick, Michelle Derrow, Tam Gray, Daniel S. Levy, Lina Lofaro, David Spitz, Joel Stein and Chris Taylor

2,686 Number of wiretaps that the FBI requested approval for between 1993 and 1997

1 FBI wiretaps refused–the one for suspected spy Wen Ho Lee

15 French museums and historical sites, including the Louvre and the Arc de Triomphe, closed because of a strike

$65,000 Revenue the Louvre is losing every day of the strike

186,416 miles Total length of traffic jams on Paris streets after a separate strike by transport workers

148 American lives lost in combat during the Gulf War

29 American lives lost in Somalia

0 American lives lost in battle so far in the war over Kosovo

$45 billion Total spending by brides-to-be (and newlyweds in their first year) in 1998, up $13 billion from 1997

$32 billion Annual global revenue for McDonald’s

Sources: Investor’s Business Daily, Agence France Press, Defense Department, Bride’s Magazine

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