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By the numbers


The number of people killed during a shooting rampage at two mosques in Christchurch, New Zealand, on March 15. The accused gunman, a white supremacist, live-streamed the attack online.

$13.3 billion

The cost of U.S. productivity losses owing to employees following March Madness instead of working, according to Challenger, Gray & Christmas.


The share of U.S. businesses without any paid employees, according to the U.S. Census Bureau.

$270 million

The amount Purdue Pharma and its owners agreed to pay to settle Oklahoma’s claims that the drugmaker aggressively and illegally marketed its addictive OxyContin painkiller. The lawsuit is one of 1,600 cases charging Purdue with complicity in the opioid addiction crisis.


The number of President Trump’s judicial nominees that the Senate had confirmed as of March 26. The Senate had confirmed 76 of President Obama’s judicial nominees at the same point in his presidency.