Suburbs take center stage as U.S. growth slows

In 1990, fewer than 10,000 people lived in Meridian, Idaho, a sleepy bedroom community surrounded by farmland. Now, with a population of 117,600, its main thoroughfare, Eagle Road, gets so congested at rush hour that motorists might forget they’re in one the country’s most sparsely populated states. All 10 of the fastest-growing cities grew by at least 44 percent, and the fastest-growing one, Buckeye, Arizona, a western suburb of Phoenix, was up nearly 80 percent this decade to reach over 91,000 in population. pic.twitter.com/q75EwaUWLw — U.S. Census Bureau (@uscensusbureau) August 12, 2021 The 2020 Census listed Meridian as one of

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Homicide squad investigating after man’s body found in Melbourne’s south-east

A homicide investigation is underway after police found a man’s body during a welfare check at a home in Melbourne‘s south-east. The body of the 34-year-old was found at a home at Rassay Court, Frankston just before 10pm yesterday. Police ruled the death suspicious and a large area surrounding the house remained a crime scene for most of today. Police are investigating the death. (Nine) Forensic investigators scoured the street while detectives took large bags of evidence from the house. Members of the SES also conducted a line search of a nearby park. A neighbour who was woken to sirens

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Queensland mum reunited with son after 12-week border separation

A Queensland mother has been reunited with her eight-year-old son after being separated for three months due to a coronavirus lockdown and border closures. Simone Brennan rushed towards son Luchas, helium balloons clutched in her hand, as the pair shared a tender reunion on the Gold Coast today. They have been separated for 12 weeks after Luchas was caught up in Sydney’s COVID-19 lockdown while on a school holiday trip to visit his father in New South Wales. Simone Brennan (right) and son Luchas. (Nine) The lengthy stay meant he missed an entire term of Year 3. “I was like

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Biloxi casino shooting leaves Mississippi man dead, Alabama man in custody

Multiple shots rang out early Saturday on the gaming floor of the Golden Nugget Casino in Biloxi, Mississippi, resulting in the death of one man and the arrest of another, according to reports. Biloxi police arrested Jereme Lamond Jones, 30, of Mobile, Alabama, and charged him with first-degree murder in the death of a 41-year-old man from Gulfport, Mississippi, whose identity was not disclosed. 4 CONNECTICUT COPS IN LAS VEGAS CRASH; 1 DEAD, 1 FACING DUI CHARGE: REPORTS The suspect and the victim had been arguing outside the casino, then the suspect followed the victim inside and killed him with

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Ripples from Texas abortion law spread to Illinois safe haven

The day was jampacked at a Planned Parenthood clinic in southern Illinois when a woman who had just driven over 12 hours from Louisiana for an abortion procedure erupted into tears during her health intake. Kawanna Shannon, the surgical services director at the Reproductive Health Services of Planned Parenthood of the St. Louis Region, dropped her tasks and led the woman into a private room to talk. The woman said she was panicking because she had used her rent money to pay for child care for her two kids, rent a car, buy gas and drive to the clinic in

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Kentucky Student Learns Results of Project Sent Into Space

By EMILY PORTER, The Daily Independent CANNONSBURG, Ky. (AP) — Rachel Blevins has just begun her sophomore year at Boyd County High School, but she has already had an experiment sent to the International Space Station. Blevins’s mom found out about a space camp in Lexington that happened to be during fall break in 2019. She knew her daughter loved space and learning about the subject. Blevins headed to Lexington for a couple days where she designed a project or experiment that could possibly be sent to space. She worked with two girls from Lexington and two boys from North

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Shohei Ohtani HBP gets White Sox manager La Russa, pitcher Wright suspended

Los Angeles Angels star Shohei Ohtani was hit by a pitch as he batted during a game Thursday night. Now two members of the Chicago White Sox are paying the price. Major League Baseball on Saturday suspended Chicago manager Tony La Russa and pitcher Mike Wright, alleging that Wright had intentionally thrown at Ohtani during the ninth inning of the Angels’ 9-3 win, striking Ohtani in the calf. La Russa said Thursday he doubted Wright threw at Ohtani on purpose. CLICK HERE FOR MORE MLB COVERAGE “It wasn’t intentional,” the manager said, according to ESPN. “[Umpire crew chief Bill] Welke

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France decries ‘duplicity’ in U.S.-Australia nuclear submarine deal

PARIS — France’s foreign minister denounced what he called the “duplicity, disdain and lies” surrounding the sudden rupture of France’s lucrative contract to make submarines for Australia in favor of a U.S. deal and declared that a crisis is at hand among the Western allies. A day after France recalled its ambassadors to the United States and Australia, French Foreign Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian pummeled what he suggested was a backroom deal that betrayed France. The recalling of its ambassadors “signifies the force of the crisis today” between the French government and Washington and Canberra, he said in an interview

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