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Threats, advantages seen in China's shrinking population

Jan. 18, 2023 07:29 AM EST

BEIJING (AP) — For seven decades, China's Communist Party has ruled the world's most populous country. As the nation's population crests and begins to shrink, experts say, it will face challenges ranging from supporting the elderly to filling the ranks of its military. Population...

China records 1st population fall in decades as births drop

Jan. 17, 2023 08:19 AM EST

BEIJING (AP) — China’s population shrank for the first time in decades last year as its birthrate plunged, official figures showed Tuesday, adding to pressure on leaders to keep the economy growing despite an aging workforce and at a time of rising tension with the U.S. Despite...

Doctor: Health care access 'scary' in parts of Mississippi

Jan. 13, 2023 10:35 AM EST

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — Mississippi doesn't have the medical workforce to address a wide range of poor health outcomes, from high rates of maternal and infant mortality to severe cases of diabetes that require the amputation of limbs, the state's top health officer said. Dr. Daniel...

Democrat Katie Hobbs takes office as Arizona governor

Jan. 02, 2023 19:07 PM EST

PHOENIX (AP) — Katie Hobbs took the oath of office Monday to become Arizona’s 24th governor and the first Democrat to hold the office since 2009. Hobbs was sworn in during a private ceremony at the state Capitol as she formally took over from Republican Doug Ducey. A public...

Editorial Roundup: New York

Dec. 29, 2022 13:39 PM EST

Albany Times Union. December 28, 2022. Editorial: The talented Mr. Santos A congressman-elect fabricated whole chunks of his family, academic and professional biography. What’s to be done? It’s been a banner holiday season in New York for real-life...

International migration drove US population growth in 2022

Dec. 22, 2022 16:25 PM EST

The U.S. population expanded by 1.2 million people this year, with growth largely driven by international migration, and the nation now has 333.2 million residents, according to estimates released Thursday by the U.S. Census Bureau. Net international migration — the number of...

EXPLAINER: Undoing of Roe quickly shifts abortion in states

Dec. 21, 2022 10:27 AM EST

Anti-abortion groups hoped and strategized for decades for a U.S. Supreme Court ruling that was delivered in June, ending a court-protected right to abortion after nearly 50 years. The fallout was immediate and far-reaching — and it's not over yet. The midyear ruling...

Poles vent anger at leader over his policies, ideas on women

Nov. 28, 2022 16:47 PM EST

WARSAW, Poland (AP) — Some 300 demonstrators gathered Monday outside the house of Poland’s ruling party leader to protest what is widely seen as the erosion of women’s rights under the conservative government and a recent remark by the politician about women using alcohol. ...

South Korea in demographic crisis as many stop having babies

Nov. 23, 2022 21:37 PM EST

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — Yoo Young Yi’s grandmother gave birth to six children. Her mother birthed two. Yoo doesn’t want any. “My husband and I like babies so much … but there are things that we'd have to sacrifice if we raised kids,” said Yoo, a 30-year-old Seoul...

Italian premier presents economic measures on energy, family

Nov. 22, 2022 07:52 AM EST

ROME (AP) — Italian Premier Giorgia Meloni presented the government’s first economic policy initiatives Tuesday, announcing 21 billion euros in budget tweaks that would be used to help industry and families cope with soaring energy prices, as well as measures to incentivize couples to have more...