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Donald Trump is officially the presumptive nominee for the GOP, and Hillary Clinton is focused on a November battle against him, even as her rival Bernie Sanders remains in the race.
Here's a look back at those stories and the week's other top news — in the form of five charts:
1. Donald Trump is Presumptive GOP Nominee
In a result that once seemed unthinkable to many Republicans, Donald Trump became the presumptive GOP nominee on Wednesday as top rival Senator Ted Cruz withdrew from the race Tuesday after the Indiana primary and Ohio Gov. John Kasich followed on Wednesday. Trump has cut a swath through a crowded GOP field as opponents lambasted him for making controversial statements about Muslims, Mexicans and African Americans, appearing to incite violence against protesters, and leveling misogynist attacks against his female critics. House Speaker Paul Ryan, meanwhile, says he is "not ready" to endorse Trump. And President Barack Obama on Friday said that Trump has a "long record that needs to be examined."
2. Clinton Focuses on National Campaign
With Donald Trump as the presumptive GOP nominee, Hillary Clinton set her sights on battling him, even though Sen. Bernie Sanders is still in the race,and pulled an upset win in Tuesday's Indiana primary. Still, with an additional 3 million votes and 285 more pledged delegates than Sanders, there's "no doubt" Clinton will be the Democratic nominee, a campaign official said. And so Clinton is adding and promoting staff at her national headquarters in New York. The campaign official said the Democratic front-runner is not giving up in the remaining primary states, but is increasingly shifting her focus toward beating Trump in November.
3. Canada's Monster Blaze Keeps Growing
Gusting winds and "tinder-dry" conditions were feeding the beast of a blaze in western Canada Friday, as officials warned it could be days or weeks before evacuated locals can return home. The fires in the province of Alberta forced 88,000 people to flee and destroyed more than 1,600 structures. More than 1,110 firefighters, 145 helicopters and 22 air tankers are fighting the fires. The cause of the inferno, which erupted on Sunday, remains unknown.
4. FDA Regulates E-Cigarettes, Cigars
The Food and Drug Administration released its long-awaited plan Thursday for regulating e-cigarettes and other tobacco products — and says it will ban their sale to anyone under 18. The sweeping new rule gives FDA authority to regulate — but not to ban — all tobacco products, from e-cigarettes to cigars and hookahs. The ban on sales to people under 18 will take effect in August, 90 days after the rule is published. Other provisions will take years to put into place as the agency gives manufacturers and sellers time to adjust.
5. U.S. Adds 160,000 Jobs in April
The U.S. economy created just 160,000 jobs in April, lower than economist expectations, while the unemployment rate held steady at 5 percent. On the bright side, wages rose during the month, with average hourly earnings up 8 cents an hour, representing a 2.5 percent annualized gain. The average work week edged higher to 34.5 hours, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, which issues the monthly jobs report.