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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.

Sri Lankan children rest at a relief camp on Thursday.

PHOTOS: Rain Hampers Search For Families Missing After Sri Lankan Landslides

Two days after landslides buried three villages in central Sri Lanka, rescuers have struggled with fresh rain and more landslides as they attempt to find missing families.

As the Two-Way reported yesterday, more than 200 families were missing after the landslides, which were triggered by torrential rains:

"The slides hit the villages of Siripura, Pallebage and Elagipitya in the Aranayake area of Kegalle District. ......

Celebrity chef and restaurateur Spike Mendelsohn, along with dozens of other volunteers, peels carrots on Tuesday to be used for Wednesday's feast.

This Is What A Feast For 5,000 Made From Food Waste Looks Like

Mention the concept of food waste, and for many people, it's likely to conjure images of rotting fruit and vegetables or stale meals unfit for consumption.

But a lot of the food that gets tossed out in America — some $162 billion worth each year, enough to fill 44 skyscrapers — is fresh, nutritious and downright delicious: think plump eggplants, bright yellow squashes, giant, vibrant-orange carrots with a crisp bite. The kind of beautiful produce that would be perfectly at home in, say, this giant vegetable paella made by celebrity chef José Andrés and his team.

Yawwwwn. Where's my bed?

'You Are Getting Sleepy,' Said The Scientist To The Fruit Fly

We've all been caught in that hazy tug of war between wakefulness and sleep. But the biology behind how our brains drive us to sleep when we're sleep-deprived hasn't been entirely clear.

Morley Safer during <em>60 Minutes'</em> 40th anniversary celebration in New York.

Morley Safer, Longtime '60 Minutes' Correspondent, Dies

Morley Safer, who reported from around the world for nearly five decades on the newsmagazine 60 Minutes, has died. He was 84.

Safer was the longest-serving correspondent on the show, and had just announced his retirement last week during a special that recapped his career.

Here's how CBS News describes his work: