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Why is this Passover different from past ones?

That's not one of the four questions asked at the Seder, but it's a good question — and there's a timely answer.


Ecuador residents, aid workers facing aftershocks, trauma

Almost a week after a 7.8-magnitude earthquake struck Ecuador, the death toll has now reached almost 600.

American abolitionist leader Harriet Tubman (1820-1913), who escaped slavery by marrying a free man and led many other slaves to safety using the abolitionist network known as the underground railway.

Harriet Tubman is your new $20 bill hero

This follows a campaign asking for a woman to be placed on paper currency and months of deliberation to either replace Hamilton on the $10 bill or Jackson on the $20 bill.

Peabody Awards go to NPR, 'This American Life,' among others

The awards, which honor excellence in electronic media, are given to journalism as well as entertainment programs.

Houston area submerged after 16 inches of rain in 24 hours

More than a foot of rain submerges scores of subdivisions and several major highways, forcing the closure of schools and knocking out power to thousands of residents.

Where to donate money for Japan, Ecuador earthquake relief

Massive earthquakes that rattled both Japan and Ecuador left many dead in both countries. Here are a few ways you can help relief efforts.

California student says airline removed him for speaking Arabic

A UC Berkeley student and former Iraqi refugee says he was unfairly removed from a flight in L.A. this month after having a conversation in Arabic.

'Do not lose hope': Pope Francis visits migrants in Greece's Lesbos

Pope Francis paid a visit to the Greek island of Lesbos Saturday and meet with migrants at a detention center. The EU has started deporting migrants from Greece to Turkey.

Your conversation on the bus or train may be recorded

In a number of cities, what riders say may be recorded. Transit agencies are adding audio recording for security reasons, but civil liberties advocates say it's an invasion of privacy.

Navy secretary to Marines: Women in combat is irreversible

On Tuesday, Navy Secretary Ray Mabus made his case for incorporating women into combat roles to Marines at Camp Pendleton.

California popular for Chinese investors

Last year, Chinese investors poured $15 billion into U.S. businesses, with California getting a big cut of that. What's driving these investments?

'The Holy Bible' makes Library Association's list of most 'challenged' books

The challenges show religion is "on the minds of many people," says Deborah Caldwell Stone of the American Library Association. Another reason people objected to books was explicit sexual content.

Explosion during fireworks show kills scores in Kerala, India

The fire swept through a packed Hindu temple during a fireworks display. Local officials say the death toll could be as high as 100, with at least 200 other people injured.

Brussels attackers planned to strike Paris instead, investigators say

Belgian officials say the attackers changed shifted their target as investigators closed in on them. The information emerged after authorities arrested and interrogated key suspects.

What we know about the Brussels terror suspects

In the wake of the deadly attacks in Belgium's capital in March, two brothers were quickly identified as suspected suicide bombers; authorities took longer to name their suspected accomplices.

Belgians find elusive 'man in the hat' from airport video

Belgium's Federal Prosecution Office said recently detained Mohamed Abrini had confessed to being the vest- and hat-wearing man whose video image had been widely circulated by authorities.