Latest Demographics News

UN investigator: Contemporary slavery extensive around globe

Aug. 18, 2022 01:00 AM EDT

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — A U.N. investigator says contemporary forms of slavery are widely practiced around the world, including forced labor for China’s Uyghur minority, bonded labor for the lowest caste Dalits in South Asia, and domestic servitude in Gulf countries, Brazil and Colombia. ...

Judge: Suit by group critical of immigration can proceed

Aug. 17, 2022 16:26 PM EDT

BOSTON (AP) — A group calling for sharply limiting immigration has scored a legal victory in its federal lawsuit arguing the Biden administration violated environmental law when it halted construction of the U.S. southern border wall and sought to undo other immigration policies by former...

AP interview: Census director aims to restore trust in count

Aug. 16, 2022 14:05 PM EDT

Indifference. Distrust of government. Budget uncertainties. The next U.S. census isn’t until 2030, but already Census Bureau leaders are looking for ways to adapt to a roiled civic climate that only seems to be getting more contentious. So this week they are issuing a call for...

Deadline looms for western states to cut Colorado River use

Aug. 15, 2022 14:25 PM EDT

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — Banks along parts of the Colorado River where water once streamed are now just caked mud and rock as climate change makes the Western U.S. hotter and drier. More than two decades of drought have done little to deter the region from diverting more water than...

Editorial Roundup: Texas

Aug. 14, 2022 11:11 AM EDT

Austin American-Statesman. August 14, 2022. Editorial: Texas Republicans must extend health care for new mothers after abortion ban Republican lawmakers who voted to ban abortion in Texas say they’re committed to protecting the health of pregnant women who are now...

Sea turtles hold strong this summer but danger beckons

Aug. 13, 2022 03:12 AM EDT

MELBOURNE, Fla. (AP) — As the sun rises on sea turtle nests across the Space Coast, biologists see new rays of hope. Many feared for the future of Florida’s three most prominent types of endangered sea turtles — greens, loggers and leatherbacks — but this year evidence...

Hong Kong population shrinks for 2nd year under virus curbs

Aug. 12, 2022 03:22 AM EDT

HONG KONG (AP) — Hong Kong’s government says its population has shrunk for a second year as anti-virus controls hampered the inflow of new workers and births declined, but it made no mention of an exodus of residents following a crackdown on a pro-democracy movement. The...

Researchers ask Census to stop controversial privacy method

Aug. 08, 2022 17:18 PM EDT

Prominent demographers are asking the U.S. Census Bureau to abandon a controversial method for protecting survey and census participants' confidentiality, saying it is jeopardizing the usability of numbers that are the foundation of the nation's data infrastructure. The Census Bureau...

Woman creates construction jobs to battle gender gap

Aug. 07, 2022 00:02 AM EDT

CARRBORO, N.C. (AP) — Nora El-Khouri Spencer sometimes tells people that she started her nonprofit Hope Renovations because she got mad. She had picked up construction and home renovation as a hobby while working a corporate job at Lowe’s and after an expensive contractor...

Editorial Roundup: New York

Aug. 04, 2022 16:10 PM EDT

Dunkirk Evening Observer. August 1, 2022. Editorial: LEGISLATURE Why not let voters decide on number? It makes sense why legislative Democrats want to decrease the number of Chautauqua County legislators. With Republicans holding a 15-4 majority on the...