The U.N. estimates that the world's population will pass the 7 billion mark on Monday.
Much of that growth has happened in Asia — in India and China. Those two countries have been among the world's most populous for centuries. But a demographic shift is taking place as the countries have modernized and lowered their fertility rates. Now, the biggest growth is taking place in sub-Saharan Africa.
NPR's Frank Langfitt has spent the past year reporting in two countries where the populations and the problems could not be more different: South Sudan and China.
The best way to travel in South Sudan is by plane. That's because, in a nation nearly the size of Texas, there are hardly any paved roads.
Earlier this year, I flew to Akobo County, near the Ethiopian border. On the hour-plus flight, I saw cattle herders and acacia trees, but mostly empty landscape. There was little sign of the 21st century — or the 20th.
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<p>A truck driver cleans his windshield at a filling station in Milford, Conn. The long hours, weeks away from home and mediocre pay contribute to the trucking industry's shortage of an estimated 125,000 drivers.</p>
Tough as it is to find work these days, tens of thousands of jobs paying middle-class wages are going unfilled.
Open truck-driving jobs require little more than a high school diploma and a month or so of training. But not everybody wants to be a long-haul truck driver, and many who do find they just can't hack it.
A class-action lawsuit has been filed in Miami by Florida residents being charged out-of-state tuition rates to attend state colleges and universities. The students are American citizens — children who were born in the U.S. to illegal immigrants — and they say Florida's regulations violate their constitutional rights.
Wendy Ruiz, a 19-year-old sophomore at Miami Dade College with a 3.7 grade point average, has a plan. She expects to graduate later this year with a two-year associate's degree in Biology.
Marines are trained to fight proficiently with deadly weapons. But when an unarmed mob in Iraq turned violent, such weapons were literally overkill. Kentuckian Noah Melgar found himself in just such a situation. As a military policeman with the Marines, Melgar had to fight hand-to-hand.
A recent New York Times/CBS News poll showed barely 10 percent of the public trusts the government. But it doesn't stop there: Trust in public institutions like corporations, banks, courts, the media and universities is at an all-time low; the military is one of the few exceptions.
The White Team from Black Mountain Resources, now owned by Alpha Natural Resources, finished first in the overall team competition that spanned over two days.Team members David Patterson and Joe Lefevers loaded Roger Gilliam onto the stretcher as they dea
Kroger district four store manager Teron Abdullah and Kroger district seven store manager Janai McMillian talk with Kentucky State University graduate Malik Abdullah and graduate student Rene� Morrison during the Career Fair at the Exum Center Thursday.
Credit Hannah Reel / Frankfort State Journal
Teron Abdullah, a 2010 graduate of Kentucky State University, worked his way through college as a night stocker at a local Kroger store. After earning a bachelor’s degree in business administration, he hoped to work as a banker, but realized it wasn’t a good fit. So he entered the 25-week management-training program at Kroger, something he says fits his outgoing personality and penchant for problem solving. It isn’t what Abdullah expected, but he’s hopeful it will open the door to a variety of jobs with the grocery chain.