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World population is projected to grow from 8.2 billion to a peak of 10.3 billion in 2080s, UN says

Jul. 11, 2024 21:52 PM EDT

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — The world’s population is expected to grow by more than 2 billion people in the next decades and peak in the 2080s at around 10.3 billion, a major shift from a decade ago, a new report by the United Nations said Thursday. The report — released on World...

Harrisburg, Tea, Box Elder lead booming South Dakota cities

Jul. 01, 2024 14:38 PM EDT

HARRISBURG, S.D. (AP) — This bedroom community just south of Sioux Falls transformed over the past couple of decades into the fastest-growing South Dakota city of more than 5,000 people, according to the most recent U.S. Census Bureau and Population Division report. Harrisburg’s...

Money-making L.A. hospitals quit delivering babies. Inside the fight to keep one labor ward open.

Jun. 07, 2024 15:43 PM EDT

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Detranay Blankenship was 16 weeks pregnant when she found out she was expecting. The days passed quickly, and soon she was 7 centimeters dilated at Martin Luther King Jr. Community Hospital. The 26-year-old first-time mom wasn’t sure what to expect during...

Japan's birth rate falls to a record low as the number of marriages also drops

Jun. 05, 2024 12:45 PM EDT

TOKYO (AP) — Japan’s birth rate fell to a new low for the eighth straight year in 2023, according to Health Ministry data released on Wednesday. A government official described the situation as critical and urged authorities to do everything they can to reverse the trend. The...

Pope urges Italians to have babies as a measure of hope for future

May. 10, 2024 18:28 PM EDT

ROME (AP) — Pope Francis pressed his campaign Friday to urge Italians to have children, calling for long-term policies to help families and warning that the country’s demographic crisis was threatening the future. “The number of births is the first indicator of the hope of a...

California's population grew in 2023, halting 3 years of decline, state estimates

Apr. 30, 2024 16:39 PM EDT

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — The nation's most populous state is growing again, ending a trend of population decline that had dogged Gov. Gavin Newsom through much of his tenure. California gained just over 67,000 people last year, the first increase since 2019, according to an...

US births fell last year, marking an end to the late pandemic rebound, experts say

Apr. 25, 2024 05:03 AM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — U.S. births fell last year, resuming a long national slide. A little under 3.6 million babies were born in 2023, according to provisional statistics released Thursday by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. That's about 76,000 fewer than the year before...