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Show It All: Charting the Week's Top Stories

Here's a look back at the highlights of Thursday night's Democratic debate and the week's other top news in the form of five charts.
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Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton, left, gestures towards Democratic presidential candidate Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt., at the start of a break during the CNN Democratic Presidential Primary Debate at the Brooklyn Navy Yard on Thursday, April 14, 2016 in New York.Seth Wenig / AP

Bernie Sanders and Hillary Clinton went head to head Thursday night ahead of Tuesday's New York primary.

Here's a look back at the highlights of the debate and the week's other top news — in the form of five charts:

1. Ex-New Orleans Saints Star Will Smith Was Shot Eight Times

Former New Orleans Saints star Will Smith was intentionally gunned down by a "rageful" driver who ignored his wife's pleas to leave the couple alone and then shot them over and over without remorse, the family's lawyer said Wednesday. The Orleans Parish coroner confirmed Wednesday that Smith suffered eight gunshot wounds — seven in the back and one in the lateral chest wall. The suspect in the shooting, Cardell Hayes, was arrested at the scene on suspicion of second-degree murder but his lawyer has suggested that Hayes may have been trying to protect himself during a volatile situation following an apparent hit-and-run with Smith, 34.

2. North Carolina Walks Back Parts of Controversial Law

Gov. Pat McCrory on Tuesday attempted to walk back parts of a controversial law that is seen as discriminatory to LGBT people — yet reinforced a provision in the law that restricts transgender people from using the bathroom that aligns with the gender they identity with. LGBT rights groups were far from placated.

3. Zika Definitely Causes Birth Defects, CDC Says

There's no longer any doubt that the Zika virus causes birth defects, federal health officials said Wednesday. The evidence has been piling up and there really had not been any doubt that Zika was causing horrific brain damage to unborn babies. But the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention made it official Wednesday in a publication rushed into the New England Journal of Medicine.

4. Sparks Fly Between Clinton, Sanders at Heated Debate

In what could have been the final Democratic presidential debate of the 2016 election, Bernie Sanders, the 74-year-old socialist insurgent, positioned himself as the future of the Democratic Party, while Hillary Clinton steamrolled her rival with a steady stream of facts and pragmatism. The debate was held in Brooklyn, New York, ahead of that state's potentially game-changing Tuesday primary.

5. Powerful 7.0-Magnitude Earthquake Strikes Southern Japan

A massive earthquake struck southern Japan Saturday, a day after the same region was rocked by a temblor that killed 9 people. The United States Geological Survey reported the magnitude-7.0 earthquake struck Saturday morning at 1:25 a.m. in the city of Kumamoto on the island of Kyushu, at a depth of 25 miles. Barely 24 hours earlier, a magnitude-6.5 quake shook the same area, killing at least nine people and injuring more than 800 others. There were more than 130 aftershocks.