Population growth and decline

A man and a woman smoke cigarettes outside of an office building in Beijing, Wednesday, May 31, 2017. A decade-long study has found that most smokers in China, the world's largest consumer of tobacco, have no intention of kicking the habit and remain unaware of some of its most damaging health effects. (AP Photo/Mark Schiefelbein)
May 31, 2017 - 7:08 am
BEIJING (AP) — Most smokers in China, the world's largest tobacco consumer, have no intention of kicking the habit and remain unaware of some of its most damaging health effects, Chinese health officials and outside researchers said Wednesday. An estimated 316 million people smoke in China, almost...
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A man and a woman smoke cigarettes outside of an office building in Beijing, Wednesday, May 31, 2017. A decade-long study has found that most smokers in China, the world's largest consumer of tobacco, have no intention of kicking the habit and remain unaware of some of its most damaging health effects. (AP Photo/Mark Schiefelbein)
May 31, 2017 - 5:55 am
BEIJING (AP) — Most smokers in China, the world's largest tobacco consumer, have no intention of kicking the habit and remain unaware of some of its most damaging health effects, Chinese health officials and outside researchers said Wednesday. An estimated 316 million people smoke in China, almost...
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May 29, 2017 - 4:26 am
TOKYO (AP) — Poll results released Monday show that about half of Japan's population supports a constitutional revision that would clarify the legality of the country's military, a new approach Prime Minister Shinzo Abe is proposing as his party struggles to gain public support for a change. Abe...
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May 25, 2017 - 7:09 am
AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — Texas lawmakers have approved the hunting of feral hogs and coyotes from hot air balloons. Texas' growing hog population causes millions of dollars' worth of damage to crops every year. Texas has an estimated two million feral hogs. Their high breeding rate and lack of natural...
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May 25, 2017 - 12:03 am
DALLAS (AP) — Ten of the 15 fastest-growing cities with populations of 50,000 or more were spread across the South in 2016, with four of the top five found in Texas, according to new population estimates released Thursday by the U.S. Census Bureau. Conroe, Texas, a northern Houston suburb, was the...
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This is an undated image made available by the World Wildlife Fund Finland of a Saimaa Ringed Seal as it rests on a rock in Lake Saimaa, Finland. Wildlife conservationists in Finland are giving endangered seals in Europe's fourth largest lake a spot of online fame _ they plan to stream encounters with some of the estimated 360 remaining seals in southeastern lake of Saimaa, in a bid to raise awareness of their plight. (Ismo Marttinen/WWF Finland via AP)
May 12, 2017 - 6:47 am
LAKE SAIMAA, Finland (AP) — Wildlife conservationists in Finland are planning to give endangered seals a spot of online fame by streaming encounters with some of the few hundred remaining mammals in a bid to raise awareness of their plight. The Saimaa ringed seal, named after their home in Europe's...
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May 05, 2017 - 11:15 am
A government plan to tear down a public housing complex in the southern Illinois town of Cairo (KEHR'-oh) has sent roughly 200 families searching for new homes. It's also sparked fears the once-thriving river city could come to an end. Cairo was once a shipping hub and home to 15,000 people. But...
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FILE-In this June 27, 2016 file photo, water full of algae laps along the Seweall's Point shore on the St. Lucie River, Fla. Despite hundreds of millions of tax dollars spent to reduce pollution in Florida's 153-mile-long Indian River Lagoon, an Associated Press analysis of water quality data from 2000-2015 found stark increases in pollutants that cause harmful algal blooms. (Richard Graulich/The Palm Beach Post via AP, File)
May 04, 2017 - 11:04 am
ON THE INDIAN RIVER LAGOON, Fla. (AP) — The most biologically diverse waterway in America is seriously ill. The Indian River Lagoon is repeatedly being choked with oxygen-robbing algae, its surface increasingly dotted with thousands of dead fish, manatees, birds and other creatures. The culprits:...
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In this April 4, 2017 photo, Yesica Sanchez poses for a photo at the Normandy Apartments in Portland, Ore., where tenants were notified that their rent was being almost doubled. Oregon now one of the fastest-growing states in America, but all those newcomers are causing growing pains, particularly a housing shortage. (AP Photo/Andrew Selsky)
May 02, 2017 - 11:37 am
PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — Yesica Sanchez recently found a notice attached to the front door of her two-bedroom apartment that said her rent was almost doubling. The divorced mother held the paper in her hand in a state of shock. "We wanted to faint. After I pay all of my bills, I don't have anything...
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In this April 4, 2017 photo, Yesica Sanchez poses for a photo at the Normandy Apartments in Portland, Ore., where tenants were notified that their rent was being almost doubled. Oregon now one of the fastest-growing states in America, but all those newcomers are causing growing pains, particularly a housing shortage. (AP Photo/Andrew Selsky)
May 02, 2017 - 3:44 am
PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — Yesica Sanchez recently found a notice attached to the front door of her two-bedroom apartment that said her rent was almost doubling. The divorced mother held the paper in her hand in a state of shock. "We wanted to faint. After I pay all of my bills, I don't have anything...
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