Newsdesk Reporting Team Stories published by the NPR Breaking News Team.
Special Series

Newsdesk Reporting Team

As President Donald Trump and Secretary of State Mike Pompeo watch, a U.S. Navy team moves a transfer case containing the remains of Scott A. Wirtz, Saturday at Dover Air Force Base. Brendan Smialowski/AFP/Getty Images hide caption

toggle caption
Brendan Smialowski/AFP/Getty Images

Ocean Ramsey is pictured caressing the great white shark believed to be Deep Blue, a 20-foot long female shark more than 50 years old. Juan Oliphant /One Ocean Diving hide caption

toggle caption
Juan Oliphant /One Ocean Diving

American-born news anchor Marzieh Hashemi sits in a studio in Tehran where she works for Iran's state television. She was arrested Sunday during a visit to the U.S., her family says. She is testifying behind closed doors to a grand jury in Washington, D.C., in an unspecified case, a U.S. judge said Friday. Press TV/AP hide caption

toggle caption
Press TV/AP

Emergency crews responded to the Allen Benedict Court public housing complex in Columbia, S.C., Thursday. They found two men dead in the morning and later discovered gas leaks in multiple buildings. Courtesy of the Columbia Fire Department hide caption

toggle caption
Courtesy of the Columbia Fire Department

A Syrian woman carries an infant Thursday past the ruins of a restaurant in Manbij that was targeted by the Islamic State. Four Americans were killed in the attack. Delil Souleiman/AFP/Getty Images hide caption

toggle caption
Delil Souleiman/AFP/Getty Images

Michael Cohen, former personal lawyer to Donald Trump, leaves federal court in New York on Aug. 21, 2018. Mark Kauzlarich/Bloomberg via Getty Images hide caption

toggle caption
Mark Kauzlarich/Bloomberg via Getty Images

Mueller's Office Disputes BuzzFeed Report That Trump Told Cohen To Lie To Congress

  • Download
  • <iframe src="https://www.npr.org/player/embed/686532446/686674718" width="100%" height="290" frameborder="0" scrolling="no" title="NPR embedded audio player">

Lake Elsinore, Calif., was drenched Thursday by a storm that dropped rain and snow across much of the state. The National Weather Service is providing forecasts and warnings as usual, but employees are working without pay. Jae C. Hong/AP hide caption

toggle caption
Jae C. Hong/AP

Back-To-Back Storms And No Pay For Federal Weather Forecasters

  • Download
  • <iframe src="https://www.npr.org/player/embed/686451007/686451008" width="100%" height="290" frameborder="0" scrolling="no" title="NPR embedded audio player">
  • Transcript

Brad Smith, president of Microsoft Corp., speaks during a presentation on affordable housing in Bellevue, Wash., on Thursday. Microsoft Corp. said it will spend $500 million to develop affordable housing and help alleviate homelessness in the Seattle area. Bloomberg/Bloomberg via Getty Images hide caption

toggle caption
Bloomberg/Bloomberg via Getty Images

The rover Yutu-2 is seen in a photo taken by the lander of the Chang'e-4 probe on Jan. 11. Inside the probe is a biosphere harboring, whose seeds China now says have died. AP via China National Space Administration via Xinhua News Agency hide caption

toggle caption
AP via China National Space Administration via Xinhua News Agency

A security force member walks outside a shuttered restaurant Thursday in Manbij, Syria, the site of a suicide attack that killed more than a dozen people, including four Americans, a day earlier. The Islamic State claimed responsibility for the attack. Delil Souleiman /AFP/Getty Images hide caption

toggle caption
Delil Souleiman /AFP/Getty Images

A curious harbor seal checks out diver Mike Weber as he and other divers pick up golf balls in the waters off the coast of Northern California. His daughter wrote a paper about all the golf balls found in the ocean from nearby golf courses. Courtesy of Alex Weber hide caption

toggle caption
Courtesy of Alex Weber

Teenage Diver Finds Tons Of Golf Balls Rotting Off California

  • Download
  • <iframe src="https://www.npr.org/player/embed/686257550/686330362" width="100%" height="290" frameborder="0" scrolling="no" title="NPR embedded audio player">
  • Transcript

The sculpture, known as McJesus, was created by Finnish artist Jani Leinonen and displayed as part of the Haifa Museum of Art's "Sacred Goods" exhibition in Israel. The piece, seen on display in the museum Monday, prompted vehement pushback from Christians in the country. Oded Balilty/AP hide caption

toggle caption
Oded Balilty/AP