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Currently, half of all products served in the school lunch program must be "whole-grain rich," which USDA defines as products made of at least 50 percent whole grain. According to the new standards, by the start of the next school year, schools must use only products that are whole-grain rich.<strong></strong>

Health Advocates Lament GOP Move To Relax School Lunch Rules

We told you about lawmakers' proposal to give some school districts a way to temporarily opt out of the new, federal healthy school lunch standards.

The waiver provision was put forward by Alabama Republican Robert Aderholt, who says he supports healthy meals for school kids, but has heard complaints from schools in his district about the challenges of mandating kids to eat more fruits, vegetables and whole grains at lunch.

King Richard III, seen here portrayed by actor Paul Daneman in 1962, has often been described as a hunchback. A new study of his skeleton seeks to set the record straight about the monarch's condition.

Richard III: Not The Hunchback We Thought He Was?

The physical condition of England's King Richard III has been a subject of debate for centuries. Now scientists say 3-D skeletal modeling shows the monarch who lived 500 years ago had a common form of scoliosis and that he's been a victim of spin on a historic scale.

The new findings cast a different light on the monarch Shakespeare described as a "poisonous bunch-backed toad." Killed in the Battle of Bosworth in 1485, the Richard's remains were verified by DNA tests last year after they were found under a parking lot in Leicester, England.

The drill team of Sophie B Wright, a charter school in the New Orleans Recovery School District.

New Orleans District Moves To An All-Charter System

The nation's largest experiment with charter schools is expanding.

The Recovery School District, a state control board that runs most schools in New Orleans, shut down the last of its five traditional public schools this week, making it the first all-charter system in the nation.

Rep. John Tierney, D-Mass., listens to Del. Eleanor Holmes Norton, D-DC, during a June 2013 hearing. He is a blue-state Democrat who could be in a tight race.

Democrats Plan Ad Buys In Some Rather Blue Places

A list of the House races for which Democrats have asked broadcasters and cable companies to reserve $44 million in ad time provides a revealing look at the shape of the midterm election landscape this fall.

Embattled Veterans Affairs Secretary Eric Shinseki Resigns

Kevin Flores, 11, remains under a mosquito net while being treated for dengue fever at "La Mascota" hospital in Managua, Nicaragua, last fall.

Dengue Fever 101: How Serious Is This Disease?

The painful disease has been around for centuries but began a dramatic upswing in the 1980s. In the Americas alone, the annual number of cases has boomed from 520,000 in 2003 to 2.3 million in 2013. With the World Cup coming up in mid-June, host country Brazil is frantically battling the mosquitoes that carry dengue (pronounced DENG-gey).

VA Secretary Apologizes For 'Indefensible' Treatment Delays

Tsarnaev Friend Accused Of Impeding Boston Bombing Investigation

Federal prosecutors have charged Khairullozhon Matanov with misleading the FBI and destroying evidence relevant to the investigation of last year's Boston Marathon bombing.

In an indictment unsealed on Friday, the U.S. attorney's office in Boston alleges that Matanov lied to investigators about his relationship with Tamerlan and Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, the prime suspects in the case, and attempted to wipe evidence off his computer.

Eric Shinseki resigned as the Secretary of Veterans Affairs Friday, in what President Obama said was a decision spurred by a desire not to distract from efforts to fix the agency's problems. Earlier Friday, Shinseki spoke at a conference in Washington.

VA Chief Eric Shinseki Resigns Post, Obama Announces

Embattled Department of Veterans Affairs head Eric Shinseki has resigned his position, hours after saying he would work to fix "systemic" problems in the VA's health care system.

Citing systemic problems at the VA, President Obama says Secretary Eric Shinseki resigned Friday, in a decision the president said was made so that Shinseki wouldn't be a "distraction" from efforts to address the agency's wide-ranging problems.

Ansun Sujoe, of Fort Worth, Texas, and Sriram Hathwar, of Painted Post, N.Y., were named co-champions of the 2014 Scripps National Spelling Bee Thursday night. Their siblings helped them celebrate the first shared title since 1952.

National Spelling Bee: Rare Co-Champions, And A Star Online

For the first time in 52 years, the Scripps National Spelling Bee crowned two winners last night, after the final two competitors exhausted the word list. The winners were Sriram Hathwar, an eighth-grader from Painted Post, N.Y., and Ansun Sujoe, a seventh-grader from Fort Worth, Texas.

"I like sharing the victory with someone else," Ansun said. "It's been quite shocking and quite interesting, too. It's very rare."

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