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If your eyes were glued to the TV and you missed non-Olympics news happening this week, we have you covered. And, of course, we didn't leave out the roundup from Rio.
Here's a look at the week's top stories — in the form of four charts:
1. First Week of Rio Olympics Doesn't Disappoint
The first week of the Rio Olympics has been a flurry of excitement, to say the least. The pool water is green, as was at one point Ryan Lochte's hair. Michael Phelps has earned his 22nd Olympic title and still has two events to go. Simone Manuel became the first African-American woman to earn any individual swimming medal, and she made sure it was gold. Katie Ledecky set an Olympic record of eight minutes, 12.86 seconds. And the U.S. women's gymnastics team brought home gold — as did the team's Simone Biles.
2. Polls: Clinton Running the Table in Key Battlegrounds
Hillary Clinton leads Republican Donald Trump in some of the most diverse battleground states — including by double digits in two of them — according to four brand-new NBC News/Wall Street Journal/Marist polls. In the key battleground of Florida, which President Barack Obama won in 2008 and 2012, Clinton is ahead of Trump by five points among registered voters, 44 percent to 39 percent, with the rest saying neither, other or they're undecided. (In the same poll before the conventions last month, it was Clinton 44 percent, Trump 37 percent.)
3. Trump Suggests ISIS 'Founder' Comments Were 'Sarcasm'
Donald Trump appears to be walking back his claim that President Obama and Hillary Clinton were the "founder" and "co-founder" of ISIS, suggesting that attack was just "sarcasm." This isn't the first time the Republican nominee has claimed that a controversial statement was just a joke. He told FOX News last month that he was "being sarcastic" when, at a July 27 news conference, he appeared to call on Russia to "find" Clinton's deleted emails.
4. Delta Computer System Outage Grounds Flights Worldwide
Delta is offering $200 in compensation to passengers grounded by its worldwide computer failure — but travel experts said many should reject the offer because they are entitled to more than three times that amount. The airline canceled 250 more flights Tuesday on top of the 1,000 it scrapped during Monday's system-wide chaos. The Atlanta-based carrier said a $200 voucher was available to anyone whose flight was canceled or who was delayed by more than 3 hours.
On a Light Note: Leslie Jones Gets Rio Invite
What got Leslie Jones a flight to Rio? Being herself. Comedian and actress Leslie Jones, of NBC's "Saturday Night Live" was watching the Olympics from her living room and in just a matter of a few days, was invited to take her talents to Rio to see the games live.