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Russian President Vladimir Putin and Russian Prime Minister and United Russia party chairman Dmitry Medvedev visit the party's election campaign headquarters during parliamentary elections.

Putin's United Russia Party Wins Big In Election; Some Ballot-Stuffing Seen

Russia's parliamentary elections brought a landslide win for President Vladimir Putin's United Russia and its allies, in a vote that gives Putin a free hand in the country he first led in 2000. At least one incident of ballot-stuffing was caught on camera; officials say results from that station won't be counted.

A new study reports bottom dogs have higher rates of bullying, fighting and gang activity and lower rates of safety and belonging than top and middle dogs.

Sixth Grade Is Tough; It Helps To Be 'Top Dog'

Oh, middle school. The land of pantsing. Mean girls who won't let you sit with them in the cafeteria. And, these days, cryptic taunts posted on social media, where parents and teachers can't always see them.

A police officer looks at evidence at the scene of a fatal shooting on Aug. 6 in the University Village neighborhood of Chicago.

Study: Violent Crime And Murders Slightly On The Rise This Year In Largest Cities

Violent crime is likely to rise slightly this year in the nation's 30 largest cities, and murders will increase too, mostly because of problems in one place--Chicago — according to a new, preliminary analysis by the Brennan Center for Justice.

The center, a nonpartisan group that monitors developments in law and justice, said only Chicago has endured a year-over-year rise in both violent crime and homicides in 2015 and 2016. Overall, analysts said, violent crime remains near record lows.

Former president Bill Clinton and his daughter, Chelsea Clinton, watch Hillary Clinton speak during a primary election night gathering April 19 in New York City.

Bill Clinton: 'It's Hard' To Think About Leaving Foundation

Bill Clinton says that out of the hundreds of thousands of donors to the Clinton Foundation over the past 18 years, there must have been some people who gave to the foundation to gain influence with him and his wife.

But the former president told NPR that doesn't mean any donors received anything improperly.

Molly Mattin pours beer at Mother Stewart's Brewing in Springfield. The new brewery, located in an old warehouse space, is part of the city's downtown revival that includes new shops and a farmers market.

Springfield, Ohio: A Shrinking City Faces A Tough Economic Future

Much of the anger and anxiety in the 2016 election are fueled by the sense that economic opportunity is slipping away for many Americans. This week, as part of NPR's collaborative project with member stations, A Nation Engaged, we're asking the question: What can be done to create economic opportunity for more Americans?

Juggernauts Repeat At 2016 Emmys, But Fresh Faces Get Their Due

It was the night of the small-screen giants. And none stood taller at the 2016 Emmys than the HBO juggernauts Game of Thrones and Veep, which won for best drama and comedy series, respectively. The People v. O.J. Simpson also won the Emmy for outstanding limited series.

Venus Williams And Sallie Krawcheck Want Women To Invest

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U.S. Airstrike In Syria Throws Wrench In Cease-Fire Plans

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First Woman Sworn In As Librarian Of Congress

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Marge Giaimo stands with her gold Oldsmobile, where she currently sleeps.

For Some Seniors Without Housing, A Parking Lot Is Home

Marge Giaimo makes her way to a picnic table under the shadow of an oak tree. Santa Barbara's trees, like its oceans and mountains, are one thing she says she never tires of here. After losing her senior housing three years ago, this table is where she does her painting these days.

"I feel very fortunate to have my car," Giaimo says. "It's a little cramped, but it's softer than cement."

Of all her once-valued possessions, today her 20-year-old, gold Oldsmobile is her most important one. It is her home, and she keeps it as neat as a pin.