U.S. News and National Top Stories NPR coverage of national news, U.S. politics, elections, business, arts, culture, health and science, and technology. Subscribe to the NPR Nation RSS feed.

National

Jason Jones (left) with his roommates Joe Klein and Tamiko Panzella in their Oakland, Calif., apartment. Panzella and Klein are participating in a new program to provide housing to former inmates. Jones was released recently after nearly 14 years in prison. Courtesy of Tamiko Panzella hide caption

toggle caption
Courtesy of Tamiko Panzella

From A Cell To A Home: Newly Released Inmates Matched With Welcoming Hosts

  • Download
  • <iframe src="https://www.npr.org/player/embed/684135395/685801025" width="100%" height="290" frameborder="0" scrolling="no" title="NPR embedded audio player">

U.S. soldiers traverse fields on the way to conducting house-to- house searches in 2007 in Mukhisa, Iraq. Chris Hondros/Getty Images hide caption

toggle caption
Chris Hondros/Getty Images

Veterans Claiming Illness From Burn Pits Lose Court Fight

  • Download
  • <iframe src="https://www.npr.org/player/embed/685657005/685777492" width="100%" height="290" frameborder="0" scrolling="no" title="NPR embedded audio player">

Frank Ruopoli of Charleston, S.C., works at the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. After the 2013 partial shutdown he earned an emergency medical technician certification. Now he's found a part-time job to earn money during this shutdown. Courtesy of Frank Ruopoli hide caption

toggle caption
Courtesy of Frank Ruopoli

Federal Employees Moonlight To Pay The Bills

  • Download
  • <iframe src="https://www.npr.org/player/embed/685645520/685777486" width="100%" height="290" frameborder="0" scrolling="no" title="NPR embedded audio player">

Micheail Ward continued to deny his role as the gunman in the fatal shooting of Hadiya Pendleton at a sentencing hearing on Jan. 14. Ward was convicted of first-degree murder and aggravated battery in August. Jose M. Osorio/AP hide caption

toggle caption
Jose M. Osorio/AP

Transportation Security Administration agents help passengers through a security checkpoint at Newark Liberty International Airport in Newark, N.J., on Monday. Agents have been working without pay since the shutdown began. Seth Wenig/AP hide caption

toggle caption
Seth Wenig/AP

Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross, who oversees the Census Bureau, approved adding a question about U.S. citizenship status to the 2020 census. Andrew Harrer/Bloomberg via Getty Images hide caption

toggle caption
Andrew Harrer/Bloomberg via Getty Images

Judge Orders Trump Administration To Remove 2020 Census Citizenship Question

  • Download
  • <iframe src="https://www.npr.org/player/embed/671283852/685656237" width="100%" height="290" frameborder="0" scrolling="no" title="NPR embedded audio player">
  • Transcript