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Can Arnold Schwarzenegger Persuade China To Eat Less Meat?

Just as the U.S. is battling diet-related diseases, obesity and climate change, so, too, is China.

And among the proposed strategies to combat these problems is this: Eat less meat.

U.K.'s 'History-Changing' EU Vote Reflects Deep Distrust, Concern

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At Blue Cross and Blue Shield headquarters in Eagan, Minn., the losses on the sale of insurance plans to individuals led to a change in course.

Minnesota's Largest Health Insurer Will Drop Individual Plans

Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Minnesota will retreat from the sale of health plans to individuals and families in the state starting next year. The insurer, Minnesota's largest, said extraordinary financial losses drove the decision.

"Based on current medical claim trends, Blue Cross is projecting a total loss of more than $500 million in the individual [health plan] segment over three years," the insurer said in an emailed statement.

Supporters of the 'Stronger In' Campaign watch the results of the EU referendum being announced at a results party at the Royal Festival Hall in London on Friday.

Shock, Rage And Gallows Humor: A Brexit Backlash On Social Media

U.K. voters have decided to leave the European Union — a result that's left many Brits reeling, especially young people.

Social media is flooded with expressions of shock and rage as the country begins to digest what the monumental decision will mean for its economy and its future.

A solar-powered cellphone charger is part of a new program called "Kazi na Zola," which provides devices that can help small businesses — say, a barbershop — earn more revenue.

This $6-A-Month Plan Brings Solar Power To People Living Off The Grid

People talk about a flash of inspiration. But Xavier Helgesen's eureka moment came in the dark.

A few years ago, the American entrepreneur was traveling through Malawi to meet with clients for his book-selling company, Better World Books. He stopped in Monkey Bay, a town of about 30,000 people, to spend the night. What made this place unforgettable, he says, was that it was "100 percent off-grid."

A screwworm larva grasps the flesh in a wound with its mouth's tusklike protrusions and screws itself in.

How The Screwworm's Sex Life Saved Your Steaks

Over the past 70 years, the U.S. has been waging a war against a miniature menace: the New World screwworm.

The story of how we eradicated the critter has it all: triumph of the little guys, a medical treatment that uses bacon (i.e., "bacon therapy") and a new technology to wipe out horrible diseases — one that scientists are using today to try to stop the Zika virus.

The screwworm is arguably the most cringeworthy creature on Earth. Seriously, if you're squeamish at all, you might want to skip the next few paragraphs.

European Council President Donald Tusk (center) arrives for a meeting at EU headquarters in Brussels on Friday. Top European Union officials were hunkering down to ascertain next steps after British voters decided to leave the 28-nation bloc.

Reacting To The Brexit Vote, Many World Leaders Express Anxieties

As global markets lurched following Great Britain's vote to withdraw from the European Union, political leaders from around the world weighed in, expressing worry and solidarity with the EU and acknowledging the need to rethink the EU's future. Some opposition leaders cheered Britain's example. A sampling:

A young man hands out "Remain" leaflets outside the polling station at Notre Dame Primary School on Thursday in Glasgow, Scotland. As a nation, Scotland voted to remain in the EU; but as a whole, the United Kingdom opted to leave.

A Less-United Kingdom: 'Brexit' Vote Revives Talk Of U.K. Breakup

The United Kingdom's decision to leave the European Union was historic, significant, unprecedented and decisive — but it wasn't uniform.

It was split by age: Young people overwhelmingly voted to stay, while older generations preferred to leave. It was split by education, with university-educated voters far more likely to be pro-EU.

A European Union flag with a hole cut in the middle flies at half-staff outside a home in Knutsford, England, after the results of the Brexit referendum.

So Just How Does The U.K. Divorce The EU?

The decision is made and now comes the long and complicated job of decoupling the U.K. from the European Union. On paper, there is a tangled legal process, but it has never been tested and leaves some issues unaddressed.

Searches for "what is the eu" and "what is brexit" spiked in the U.K. after polls closed.

After Brexit Vote, Britain Asks Google: 'What Is The EU?'

By a 52-48 percent margin, the popular vote in the United Kingdom last night moved to detach the country from the European Union.

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