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Photo: Wing

Wing, the drone unit of Google-parent Alphabet, is teaming up with a Virginia Girl Scout troop to offer airborne delivery of Thin Mints, Samoas and other cookies during the pandemic.

Why it matters: Orders are down 50% this year due to lower foot traffic downtown. Plus, Wing says the arrangement is helping teach the scouts about drone technology.

Details: Girl Scout cookies are available nationwide, but drone delivery service is only available in Christiansburg, Virginia, the city where Wing has been testing residential drone delivery since 2019.

  • Wing already delivers goods there from a range of other businesses, including small shops and larger companies, like Walgreens.
  • Delivery doesn't cover the whole city, but rather a three-mile radius covering several neighborhoods.
  • Cookie sales started a couple of weeks ago and go through the end of May.
  • So far Thin Mints are the most popular, followed closely by Samoas.

Go deeper: Watch the video Wing put out about the effort.

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What DoorDash's new restaurant pricing reveals

Illustration: Aïda Amer/Axios

DoorDash's new pricing tiers for restaurants reveal that there's no magical math that can keep customer fees and restaurant commissions low — one group will have to bear the cost.

Why it matters: During the pandemic, food delivery companies like DoorDash came under fire for charging high fees to restaurants, and faced tacit criticism that they didn't give up their own margins to help both drivers and eateries earn more.

Updated 5 hours ago - World

Death toll mounts as fighting between Israel and Hamas intensifies

Palestinian Muslims exchange wishes for Eid al-Fitr, marking the end of the holy month of Ramadan, near a razed building in the northern Gaza Strip town of Beit Lahia, on May 13. Photo: Majdi Fathi/NurPhoto via Getty Images

At least 109 Palestinians and seven people in Israel have been killed since recent fighting between Israel's military and Hamas began Monday.

The big picture: Israel began massing troops on its border with Gaza on Thursday, launching attacks from the air and ground as Hamas continued to fire rockets into Israel.

By the numbers: Where the earmarks are wanted

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Data: House Committee on Appropriations; Chart: Danielle Alberti/Axios

The Dallas-Fort Worth area is being targeted for the largest collective earmark request in the country, according to a detailed breakdown of overall requests released by the House Appropriations Committee.

Why it matters: House appropriators are trying to balance bipartisan momentum for infrastructure investment with "pork-barrel" spending's checkered political history. The data dump is an effort to provide transparency for what are now termed "community project funding" requests.