- Mediterranean Sea disasters swallow up over 1,000 migrants Updated: May-31-16 1:09 pm
GENEVA - The treacherous Mediterranean Sea crossing from Libya to Italy has claimed the lives of over 1,030 migrants in the last week, mostly as barely seaworthy smuggling boats foundered and sank despite calm seas and sunny skies, a migration agency said Tuesday, citing new accounts from survivors.
- It's raining men! Sweden sees historic gender balance shift Updated: May-30-16 11:25 am
STOCKHOLM - Famous for its efforts to put women on an equal footing with men, Sweden is experiencing a gender balance shift that has caught the country by surprise: For the first time since record-keeping began in 1749, it now has more men than women.
- Connecticut city sees rapid population growth Updated: May-30-16 9:34 am
DANBURY, Connecticut - The state's fastest-growing city is keeping pace with the demands its newest residents are making on services and resources.
- Beijing tracks the elderly as they take buses, go shopping Updated: May-30-16 12:26 am
BEIJING - These days, when people over 80 in Beijing take a bus, see a doctor or spend money, their activities are digitally tracked by the government, as part of an effort to improve services for the country's rapidly growing elderly population.
- Finally allowed 2nd child, older Chinese parents turn to IVF Updated: May-29-16 10:27 pm
BEIJING - China's decision to allow all married couples to have two children is driving a surge in demand for fertility treatment among older women, putting heavy pressure on clinics and breaking down past sensitivities, and even shame, about the issue.
- As charters grow, public schools see sharp enrollment drop Updated: May-29-16 11:20 am
LOS ANGELES - Standing before the Los Angeles Unified School Board, Susan Zoller delivered a startling assessment: More than 100,000 students in the nation's second-largest district were now enrolled in charters, draining more than $500 million from the budget in a single academic year.
- Population growth expected to boost school enrollment Updated: May-29-16 9:50 am
BISMARCK, North Dakota - State officials say population growth in North Dakota is expected to continue, prompting an anticipated boom in K-12 and college enrollment.
- Dump Trump? Some millennials aren't so sure Updated: May-27-16 8:06 am
COSTA MESA, California - Brendan De Regla drove three hours and waited in line for half a day to see Donald Trump speak at a rally in Southern California.
- Bees, butterflies to get better habitat along Interstate 35 Updated: May-26-16 2:58 pm
DES MOINES, Iowa - Soon, passengers zipping along Interstate 35 will see a lusher refuge and more food for bees and butterflies in the hopes of helping the insects boost their declining populations, six states and the Federal Highway Administration announced Thursday.
- Federal study inconclusive on TCE and birth defects Updated: May-26-16 12:57 pm
ALBANY, New York - A study prompted by concerns about health effects of exposure to the solvent TCE is inconclusive about the chemical's potential link to birth defects, scientists from the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health said Thursday.
- Officials concerned with Mercer-Boyle Jail overcrowding Updated: May-26-16 12:55 pm
DANVILLE, Kentucky - Officials say the Mercer-Boyle County Jail is at 170 percent capacity, making it one of the most overcrowded jails in Kentucky.
- Female CEOs see pay rise, but numbers remain small Updated: May-25-16 5:49 pm
For the second year in a row, female CEOs earned more than their male counterparts and received bigger raises. But only a small sliver of the largest companies are run by women, and experts say gender parity at the top remains way off.
- Philippine population growth slows as contraceptives spread Updated: May-25-16 4:43 am
MANILA, Philippines - The Philippines' annual population growth rate has slowed as more people in the predominantly Roman Catholic country use contraception.
- Champaign among nation's faster-growing cities Updated: May-24-16 10:48 pm
CHAMPAIGN, Illinois - The U.S. Census Bureau reports that Champaign is among the nation's faster-growing cities.
- Michael Mariotte, opponent of nuclear power, dead at 63 Updated: May-24-16 7:06 pm
KENSINGTON, Maryland - Michael Mariotte, the longtime leader of a national anti-nuclear-power group, has died. He was 63.
- Goodbye, empty nest: Millennials staying longer with parents Updated: May-24-16 4:46 pm
WASHINGTON - Many of America's young adults appear to be in no hurry to move out of their old bedrooms.
- North Dakota courts fail to track defendant demographics Updated: May-24-16 2:18 pm
BISMARCK, North Dakota - A review of North Dakota's criminal justice system shows that courts are collecting little information on the race and gender of defendants.
- 'Gigantic' corporate tax hike likely headed to Oregon voters Updated: May-23-16 7:33 pm
SALEM, Oregon - A massive $2.8 billion annual corporate tax hike is likely headed to Oregon voters in November, a move that could create the most aggressive tax climate for big business of any state in the nation.
- South Dakota ahead of national average in breast cancer rate Updated: May-23-16 3:22 pm
SIOUX FALLS, South Dakota - South Dakota's breast cancer rates are surging beyond national averages, and health officials still aren't sure what's causing the increase.
- Connecticut city a playground for affluent millennials Updated: May-23-16 10:10 am
STAMFORD, Connecticut - When Zahir Dossa decided to propose to his girlfriend, he wanted to do it at a favorite spot- the private rooftop deck of the couple's downtown apartment.
- Burkina Faso capital hit by water cuts amid soaring heat Updated: May-23-16 10:03 am
OUAGADOUGOU, Burkina Faso - Water trickles out of the faucet sometimes around 2 a.m. - and by dawn the taps run empty at Dramane Drabo's laundry business. It could be days before any more water returns, he laments.
- Estimates shows central Indiana communities growing fastest Updated: May-22-16 4:07 pm
INDIANAPOLIS - New census estimates show the Indianapolis metropolitan area includes four of the five fastest-growing counties in Indiana and 10 of the 11 fastest-growing cities and towns with populations of at least 5,000.
- As condos sales slow, Miami developers turn to rentals Updated: May-22-16 3:01 am
MIAMI - As Miami's condo market loses traction amid a softening world economy, developers are shifting gears.
- Youth ATV training to be offered in McCook Updated: May-20-16 7:57 pm
RED WILLOW, Nebraska - The Mid-Plains Center for Enterprise is holding free youth all-terrain vehicle training in McCook.
- Hawaii shark study aims to understand why they bite Updated: May-19-16 10:01 pm
HONOLULU - New research released Thursday shows tiger sharks naturally favor waters near Maui that are close to some of Hawaii's most popular beaches for humans.