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Parts of Australia’s largest city have been inundated by four major floods since March last year, leaving weary residents questioning how many times they can rebuild. The latest disaster follows Sydney’s wettest-ever start to a year with dams overflowing and a sodden landscape incapable of absorbing more rain that must instead run into swollen waterways. There are climate, geographic and demographic factors behind Sydney’s latest flooding emergency.

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State legislatures will be in the spotlight as a result of the U.S. Supreme Court ruling giving the power to regulate abortion to the states. While overturning Roe v. Wade, the high court's majority said it was time to “return the issue of abortion to the people’s elected representatives.” But some question whether gerrymandering has diminished the ability of state legislatures to truly represent the people's will. Analyses of election data show that some state legislatures are skewed to the right or left because of the way districts have been drawn to favor Republicans or Democrats.

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Two of Congress’ staunchest conservatives repelled more centrist challengers to lock up Republican nominations on Tuesday. That happened even as the party’s voters chose to turn out a six-term incumbent in Mississippi. Illinois Republican Rep. Mary Miller, who called the Supreme Court’s decision to overturn Roe v. Wade a “historic victory for white life” during a weekend rally with former President Donald Trump — her spokesperson said she misspoke — defeated fellow GOP incumbent Rodney Davis. Another Trump ally, Colorado Rep. Lauren Boebert, one of Congress’ most polarizing members, easily beat back a challenge from a more mainstream Republican. Mississippi Republican Rep. Steven Palazzo, a six-term incumbent, lost to Sheriff Mike Ezell.

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The federal government is taking preliminary steps toward revising racial and ethnic classifications that haven't been changed in a quarter century following calls for better categories for how people identify themselves in federal data gathering. The revisions could open the door to changes long desired by advocates on census and survey forms. Among them are a new category for people of Middle Eastern and North African descent and efforts to make categories less confusing for Hispanic participants. The U.S. chief statistician said in a blog post on Wednesday that her office was initiating a formal review of the classifications maintained by the Office of Management and Budget.

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FILE - Workers at ACCESS, the Arab Community Center for Economic and Social Services, help with meals for the Arab community in Dearborn, Mich., on May 1, 2020. The federal government is taking preliminary steps toward revising racial and ethnic classifications on census and survey forms for the first time in a quarter century following calls to create a new category for people of Middle Eastern and North African descent and a desire to make categories less confusing for Hispanic participants. (AP Photo/Carlos Osorio, File)

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Thousands of Haitians in recent months have boarded charter flights to South America, according to flight tracking information and independent verification by The Associated Press in collaboration with the University of California, Berkeley. The AP and Berkeley partnered to look at the infrastructure of Haitian migration to Latin America that has reached the U.S.-Mexico border at record levels amid worsening conditions in Haiti. The reporting found a thriving, little-known shadow industry that is exploiting the U.S. government's decision to send people back to a country besieged by violence. Haitians are a lucrative market not only for the illegal, underground enterprises of migrant smugglers, but for legal, registered businesses such as travel agencies and low-budget airlines.

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The governor of the oldest state in the nation created a “Cabinet on Aging” with a hope of preparing for demographic changes that will impact health care and the workforce. Maine has the nation’s oldest median age. Democratic Gov. Janet Mills said that means tens of thousands of residents will retire in the coming years in the state. Mills said her new cabinet announced Monday will help the state ensure older residents can age comfortably, with access to health care and other important supports.

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The founder of a midwifery clinic in Mississippi's capital is trying to open the state's first birth center. As state Republican officials are trying to ban abortion and await a ruling that could overturn Roe v. Wade, Sisters in Birth CEO Getty Israel says nothing is being done to support women who choose to give birth. Federal statistics show Mississippi has the highest infant death rate in the nation, and Black babies die at roughly twice the rate of white children. Most of Israel’s patients are Black women on Medicaid. She wants to teach patients who she’s seen taken advantage of in the medical system how to take control of their bodies and advocate for themselves.

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Sexual orientation and gender identity. Asking someone to reveal such things can be a delicate matter. Some people may not be out with their family, or even quite sure themselves. So the U.S. Census Bureau is requesting millions of dollars to study how best to ask such questions. The goal is to provide better information about the LGBTQ population nationwide. Other federal agencies also are examining how surveys and studies can better reflect the lived experiences of sexual and gender minorities. The efforts to obtain better data are a counterpoint to Republican-led efforts to impose restrictions on transgender people and what can be taught in schools.

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Scout, a transgender man who uses one name, stands in the entrance to his home in Providence, R.I., Wednesday, June 8, 2022. The 2020 census questionnaire drove Scout crazy. With no direct questions about sexual orientation and gender identity, it made him feel invisible, not worth including in the U.S. head count. (AP Photo/David Goldman)