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Supporters gather at the North Carolina Capitol in April in support of a law that regulates which bathrooms people can use and blocks local governments in the state from extending anti-discrimination protections to LGBT people.

North Carolina Governor Drops 'Bathroom Bill' Lawsuit Against U.S.

North Carolina's governor has dropped a lawsuit asking a federal court to preserve the state's HB2 law limiting civil rights protections for LGBT people and regulating who uses which public bathrooms.

In court documents Friday, Gov. Pat McCrory cited "substantial costs to the State" as one reason for dropping his lawsuit against the federal government, writing that it did not serve the "interests of judicial economy and efficiency."

Gansu province, where the family lived, is one of China's poorest. Above, rural residents do their washing.

Mother Kills Her Children And Herself; Chinese Bloggers Ask Why

The story is as tragic as it is horrifying.

An impoverished young mother from China's Gansu province killed her four young children and herself. Her husband later killed himself as well. The murder-suicide case has gone viral on Chinese social media, as commenters wonder if the family's poverty contributed to the turn of events.

On Aug. 26, neighbors say Yang Gailan fed her four children, all under the age of 7, and took them with her to tend to the sheep. They never came back.

Julia Louis-Dreyfus won the Emmy for outstanding lead actress in a comedy series for <em>Veep</em>.

WATCH: The 4 Best Political Moments From The Emmys

As further proof that this presidential campaign is everywhere, Sunday night's Emmys stage featured several nods to the candidates as well as the current political climate. Here are some highlights:

1. Julia Louis-Dreyfus' wall

Police officers and firefighters respond to an explosion on Saturday at 23rd Street and 7th Avenue in the Chelsea neighborhood of New York City. Authorities say more than two dozen people have been taken to hospitals with injuries, none of which are thought to be life threatening.

More Explosive Devices Found In New Jersey

A backpack found near the Elizabeth, N.J., train station Sunday night contained five explosive devices, several of which were pipe bombs, according to Elizabeth's mayor, J. Christian Bollwage.

As FBI technicians were attempting to disarm one of the bombs with a robot it detonated. No one was injured.

Meanwhile, officials continue to investigate Saturday night's explosion in Manhattan that injured at least 29 people, according to officials in New York City. None of the injuries appear life-threatening, police say.

A photo released by the FBI shows  Ahmad Khan Rahami, 28, a U.S. citizen of Afghan descent who should be considered armed and dangerous, the agency says.

Police Arrest Suspect Ahmad Khan Rahami Over Bombs In New York Area

Updated at 6:30 p.m. ET with charges

The suspect in the New York and New Jersey bombs has been charged with five counts of attempted murder of a law enforcement officer. Prosecutors in Union County, N.J., say Ahmad Khan Rahami has also been charged with two weapons crimes. His bail has been set at $5.2 million.

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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?