Heart wrenching images and stories of survival have surfaced after a devastating earthquake in Italy. In presidential race news, polls have gone largely unchanged.
Here's a look at those stories and more we followed this week — in the form of five charts:
1. Italy Earthquake: Death Toll Climbs to 267
The first funerals for victims of Italy's disastrous earthquake were held Friday as rescuers continued to pick through rubble in hope of finding survivors. More than 900 aftershocks have followed Wednesday's powerful temblor, sending up clouds of dust and cracking remaining buildings in stricken towns including Amatrice, Pescara del Tronto and Accumoli. Early Friday a magnitude 4.7 aftershock hit the affected area, one of 57 to strike since midnight. As the first private funeral took place Friday, Italy's Civil Protection department told NBC News the death toll had risen to 267. Nearly 400 survivors were being treated in hospital.
2. Clinton Maintains Large Lead Over Trump, Poll Shows
Hillary Clinton continues to hold a large national lead over Donald Trump, 50 percent to 42 percent. These results are according to the latest NBC News|SurveyMonkey Weekly Election Tracking Poll among registered voters. Trump's weakness in polls stems in large part from defections in his own party. Under new management, Trump has begun making direct appeals to African-Americans and softening his stance on immigration. The goal is bring moderate white Republicans in the suburbs, and especially women, into the fold. In a speech Friday, Clinton tried to cement an image of Trump as a "detached from reality" bigot that no decent person should vote for.
3. American University of Afghanistan Attack: 14 Killed in Kabul
Militants armed with a car bomb, grenades and automatic weapons killed at least 14 people during a 10-hour attack on the American University of Afghanistan, police said Thursday. Most of staff and students fled but around 160 were forced to hole up in classrooms during Wednesday's brazen assault on Afghanistan's most prestigious college. Seven students, one professor, three police and two security officers were killed at the university, according to the Interior Ministry. A caretaker at a nearby school for the blind also died in the attack. Around 35 students and police were wounded.
4. Obama Tours Louisiana Flood Damage
President Barack Obama met with survivors in flooded Louisiana Tuesday, touring a hard-hit Baton Rouge suburb strewn with debris and rubble. The visit to the Castle Place neighborhood of Zachary, Louisiana, came more than a week after the historic floods inundated the southern part of the state, killing 13 people and damaging more than 60,000 homes. Tens of thousands have been displaced. Obama said Americans are "heartbroken by the loss of life" and said the floods have cost survivors more than property.
5. Another New Zika Case Found in Florida
Florida reported a new homegrown case of Zika virus Wednesday, this one in Palm Beach County. The state's now running 10 different investigations into 43 local cases of Zika infection, including two outbreaks: one in Miami and one in Miami Beach. On Tuesday, a case was reported on Florida's Gulf coast. It's not a surprise that Florida has cases of Zika. The Aedes mosquitoes that spread the virus thrive in the warm, humid state almost year-round, and Florida has many travelers back and forth from the badly affected countries in Latin America and the Caribbean. But the appearance of so many cases in such a short time is worrying for a state that relies heavily on tourists.
On a Light Note: Brazil Hands Olympic Games to Japan With a Splashy Party
The 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio de Janeiro have come to a close. Despite worries about the city's preparedness, Zika virus, toxic water and civil unrest, the 16 days of world-class sports went off with only a few minor hiccups. The games saw historic achievements from Olympic veterans Michael Phelps in the pool and Usain Bolt on the track. Newcomers like swimmer Katy Ledecky and gymnast Simone Biles opened new chapters of U.S. Olympic dominance. Brazil passes the proverbial torch to Japan who will host the 2020 Summer Olympics in Tokyo.