March 14, 2013
a coal truck drives out of downtown Welch, W.Va. in this Feb. 9, 2011 file photo. A record number of U.S. counties are now dying off.
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WASHINGTON (AP) — A record number of U.S. counties — more than 1 in 3 — are now dying off, hit by an aging population and weakened local economies that are spurring young adults to seek jobs and build families elsewhere.