Population growth and decline

FILE - In this July 18, 2014 file photo, Jason Mraz performs on NBC's "Today" show in New York. The Grammy winner is one of the starS that will be performing at the annual Woody Guthrie Folk Festival on Okemah, Okla., running July 11-15, 2018. (Photo by Charles Sykes/Invision/AP, File)
July 13, 2018 - 2:02 pm
OKEMAH, Okla. (AP) — Woody Guthrie's Oklahoma hometown has doubled in population as thousands gather for a music festival in honor of the "This Land Is Your Land" singer. The Journal Record reports that the town of Okemah jumps from about 3,000 to 6,000 people during the annual Woody Guthrie Folk...
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July 10, 2018 - 6:21 am
CANBERRA, Australia (AP) — Wildlife rangers said Tuesday that they had trapped a 4.7-meter (15-foot) saltwater crocodile, the largest they had ever caught in the northern Australian Katherine River and in an upstream region popular with tourists that is thought relatively safe from the killer...
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FILE - This Feb. 16, 2017 file photo shows newborn babies in the nursery of a postpartum recovery center in upstate New York. Women in the United States gave birth last year at the lowest rate in three decades, a trend that could weigh on economic growth in future decades. The number of babies born in the U.S. has fallen for three straight years, and as births decline and the population ages, fewer Americans are available to work or start businesses, thereby slowing the economy. (AP Photo/Seth Wenig, File)
May 17, 2018 - 4:16 pm
WASHINGTON (AP) — Women in the United States gave birth last year at the lowest rate in 30 years, a trend that could weigh on economic growth in the coming decades. The Center for Disease Control and Prevention's National Center for Health Statistics said Thursday that the number of U.S. babies...
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This undated photo shows Buka, a silverback gorilla in a park in the Republic of Congo. Researchers now estimate that there are more than 360,000 lowland gorillas in the wild in Western Africa, approximately one-third higher than earlier figures. However, the gorilla population has plunged by 19 percent in eight years, worrying scientists. (Zanne Labuschagne/Wildlife Conservation Society via AP)
April 25, 2018 - 3:55 pm
WASHINGTON (AP) — A first-of-its-kind intensive count of western Africa gorillas found far more of the apes than conservationists previously thought. Maybe not for long: The same study found a 19 percent plunge in that gorilla population in just eight years. Researchers spent a decade trudging...
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In this photo taken Wednesday, March 21, 2018, a team of wildlife veterinarians use a 4x4 vehicle and a rope to turn over a tranquilized elephant in order to attach a GPS tracking collar and remove the tranquilizer dart, in Mikumi National Park, Tanzania. The battle to save Africa's elephants appears to be gaining momentum in Mikumi, where killings are declining and some populations are starting to grow again. (AP Photo/Ben Curtis)
April 13, 2018 - 3:38 am
MIKUMI NATIONAL PARK, Tanzania (AP) — The elephant keeled over in the tall grass in Tanzania, where some of the world's worst poaching has occurred. It wasn't killers who targeted her but conservation officials who shot her with a dart of drugs. Soon she was snoring. They slid on a 26-pound (12-...
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David Dodson, president of MDC, which was formerly known as Manpower Development Corporation, a nonprofit group, smiles at his office after presenting the findings of MDC's State of the South 2018 report in Durham, NC., Tuesday, April 10, 2018. Among the report's findings was that the South's increasingly diverse homegrown talent pool won't share in the region's economic growth unless leaders in the 13 southern recommit to spending on public schools and higher education. (AP Photo/Jonathan Drew)
April 10, 2018 - 11:29 pm
DURHAM, N.C. (AP) — As teachers in multiple states protest for better pay, a new study warns that the fast-growing South region must invest more in public schools and higher education to ensure its homegrown talent shares in its economic prosperity. The State of the South 2018 report, released...
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In this Feb. 23, 2018, photo, New American Diversity and Inclusion Officer Khaled Bhagat, with the Columbus Police Department, sits for a portrait at the Masjid Ibnu Taymiyah Islamic Center after Friday prayer in Columbus, Ohio. Bhagat has been tapped in Ohio’s capital to bridge gaps between police and the city’s growing immigrant population. (AP Photo/Ty Wright)
March 03, 2018 - 10:49 am
COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — After 10 years in hotel management, Khaled Bahgat grew accustomed to defusing tense situations involving out-of-control banquet hall parties. Often, he had the situation in hand by the time police showed up. One day, an officer asked, "Have you ever thought about being a...
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File - In this Tuesday, Feb. 7, 2017 file photo, Palestinian laborers work at a construction site in a new housing project in the Israeli settlement of Maale Adumim, near Jerusalem. The number of Jewish settlers in the West Bank grew at nearly twice the rate of Israel's overall population in 2017, a settler leader said Monday, predicting that settlement growth should surge even more during the Trump presidency. (AP Photo/Oded Balilty, File)
February 19, 2018 - 8:33 pm
JERUSALEM (AP) — The number of Jewish settlers in the West Bank grew at nearly twice the rate of Israel's overall population last year, a settler leader said Monday, predicting that settlement growth would surge even more in the coming years thanks in part to the Trump presidency. Yaakov Katz said...
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In this Jan. 11, 2018 photo, people walk on a pedestrian crossing at Shibuya district in Tokyo. Japan's economy grew at a slower than expected 0.5 percent annual pace in the October-December quarter, as strong exports failed to fully compensate for relatively weak domestic demand, according to the preliminary data released Wednesday, Feb. 14, 2018. (AP Photo/Eugene Hoshiko)
February 13, 2018 - 9:37 pm
TOKYO (AP) — Japan's economy grew at a slower than expected 0.5 percent annual pace in the October-December quarter, as strong exports failed to fully compensate for relatively weak domestic demand. The preliminary data released Wednesday show Japan has managed eighth straight quarters of growth,...
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In this Friday, Jan. 19, 2018 photo, shows one of multiple properties located in the Esperanza sector that are currently for sale, in Vieques, Puerto Rico. Hundreds of thousands of Puerto Ricans face losing their homes upon the expiration of a three-month moratorium on mortgage payments that banks offered after Hurricane Maria devastated the island (AP Photo/Carlos Giusti)
January 25, 2018 - 8:18 am
SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico (AP) — Puerto Rico's governor submitted a revised fiscal plan overnight Thursday that estimates the U.S. Caribbean territory's economy will shrink by 11 percent and its population drop by nearly 8 percent next year. The proposal doesn't set aside any money to pay creditors in...
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