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Willard Middle School students chop carrots for a meal they will sell through Josephine.

Why One Startup Is Offering Meals Made By Home Cooks And Middle-Schoolers

We're facing a kind of food revolution, and my generation is driving it.

Not so long ago, when fast-food giants reigned supreme, takeout meant cheap, quick, greasy meals. But a recent Goldman Sachs report found that people under 35 are now demanding food that's fresh and healthful — as well as fast.

Kate Roberts is running a new kind of philanthropy — funded by women and devoted to women's issues.

New Charity Invites Female Millionaires To Donate — And Get Involved

There's a lot of talk about helping the girls and women of the developing world, but there's not a lot of money to back it up.

According to a 2014 report from the United Nations Population Fund, "less than two cents [of] every international development dollar is spent on an adolescent girl."

The cracked-dry bed of the Almaden Reservoir in San Jose, Calif., in 2014.

California Will Let Local Authorities Assess Water Conservation Goals Amid Drought

After four years of drought in California, concerns are finally beginning to ease in parts of the state. Northern California saw strong snowfall and rainfall recently, but Central and Southern California remain dry.

The discrepancy has prompted state water regulators to approve new regulations that allow local water authorities to set their own conservation standards.

Democratic presidential candidate Bernie Sanders shakes hands with supporters in January in New York City.

Sanders Campaign Now Embraces Superdelegates As Key To Nomination

Despite badly lagging in the delegate count, Bernie Sanders' campaign manager told NPR the campaign believes Sanders can and will be the Democratic nominee by winning over superdelegates at the 11th hour.

A mosquito control inspector sprinkles larvicide in a storm drain in Miami Gardens, Fla., in an effort to stop the spread of Zika virus.

Health Departments Cut Programs While Awaiting Zika Funding

While Congress fidgets over whether and how to pay for the fight against the Zika virus, state and local health departments are scrambling and slimming down.

That's because these front-line public health agencies have already seen their budgets chopped because of the debate.

Egyptian President Abdel-Fattah el-Sissi (right), hosts U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry at the presidential palace in Cairo on Wednesday. Sissi has touted his ability to bring order, but the country has looked increasingly shaky recently.

Air Disaster Adds To Egypt's Litany Of Woes

The cause isn't yet known, but the loss of an Egyptian plane into the Mediterranean has already delivered a new round of trauma to a beleaguered country struggling on several fronts.

President Abdel Fattah el-Sissi's hardline rule faces mounting criticism at home and abroad. An ISIS-linked group is waging an insurgency in the Sinai Peninsula. The tourist industry has been in the doldrums for years.

And the EgyptAir plane that vanished early Thursday marked the country's second aviation disaster in just over six months.

A man waves a rainbow flag in Austin, Texas, after the U.S. Supreme Court ruled same-sex couples have the right to marry.

How The Wrong Verb Meant The Texas GOP Called Most Texans Gay

Everyone needs a copy editor. (Thank you, Susan and Amy and Pam.)

Today, the Texas Republican Party is probably wishing it had one, too.

Check out this sentence from the just-adopted 2016 party platform:

The Monsanto logo is seen at the Farm Progress Show in Decatur, Ill., last year. German drug and chemicals company Bayer AG confirmed Thursday that it has entered talks to buy Monsanto.

If Monsanto Disappears, Will It Matter?

Later this week, in hundreds of cities around the globe, from Ouagadougou, Burkino Faso, to Lancaster, Pa., protesters will "March Against Monsanto." Will they still march if there's no Monsanto?

Filipino boxing great Manny Pacquiao holds his Certificate of Canvass as he is proclaimed the seventh senator by Commissioner Christopher Lim (right) in a ceremony Thursday.

Boxing Great Manny Pacquiao Wins Senate Seat In The Philippines

On Thursday, boxing great Manny "Pacman" Pacquiao stood before a cheering crowd and flashing cameras, his arm hoisted above his head. The "people's champion" was a winner once again.

Only this time, he hadn't won a boxing title, but a Senate seat in his home country of the Philippines. The political victory brings the 37-year-old, who had previously served in the Philippines' House of Representatives, ever closer to an eventual shot at the presidency.

A drone takes a practice flight in Virginia with medical supplies — part of a project to evaluate the flying machines for use in humanitarian crises.

Condoms By Drone: A New Way To Get Birth Control To Remote Areas

She was a mother in rural Ghana. She only wanted four children. But she had seven.

That's a story that Faustina Fynn-Nyame told at the Women Deliver conference this week in Copenhagen, Denmark. Fynn-Nyame works with the reproductive health care nonprofit Marie Stopes International.

"She was let down by the community, the government and us," Fynn-Nyame told the audience. And there are millions of women like this Ghanaian mom, unable to get access to contraception.

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