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Passover: Welcoming gentiles for Seder a strong tradition

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 04/01/2015 - 02:17

In this Wed., March 25, 2015 photo provided by Matthew Christopher, participants attend Freedom Seder Revisited at the National Museum of American Jewish History in Philadelphia. The event embraces gentiles for an evening of storytelling, music and a taste of traditional Passover food and rituals as it honors the original interfaith Freedom Seder held in 1969 in Washington, D.C., on the first anniversary of Martin Luther King Jr.’s assassination. (AP Photo/Courtesy Matthew Christopher)NEW YORK (AP) — When it comes to Passover, Seder is hardly just for Jews at Lee Nelson's house.

IRS chief: Processing backlog of tax-exempt groups is gone

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 04/01/2015 - 02:13
WASHINGTON (AP) — The IRS has eliminated a huge processing backlog of groups seeking tax-exempt status, the agency's chief said Tuesday. Tea party organizations' claims that they were singled out for tough treatment when they applied for that designation were at the heart of a 2013 controversy over the agency.

Obama vetoes measure against swifter union elections

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 04/01/2015 - 01:44

President Barack Obama speaks in the Oval Office of the White House in Washington, Tuesday, March 31, 2015, before signing a Memorandum of Disapproval Regarding S.J. Res. 8, a Joint Resolution providing for congressional disapproval of the rule submitted by the National Labor Relations Board relating to representation case procedures. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh)WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama on Tuesday vetoed a measure passed by the Republican-run Congress blocking the National Labor Relations Board from streamlining the process for union elections, saying government should not make it harder for workers to be heard in the workplace.

Obama vetoes Republican bid to block union election rules

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 04/01/2015 - 01:43

Obama delivers remarks before signing a disapproval of S. J. Resolution 8, a joint congressional resolution that would block a National Labor Relations Board rule allowing faster union elections, in the Oval Office at the White House in WashingtonU.S. President Barack Obama on Tuesday vetoed a measure by Republicans in Congress that would have blocked a government labor agency's rules designed to speed up the time it takes to unionize workers. The rules would shorten the period between a union filing a petition to represent workers and an election, from the current median of 38 days to as little as 14 days. Employers would be required to share workers' names, addresses, phone numbers and email addresses with unions. The National Labor Relations Board adopted the rules last year and they are set to take effect April 14.

Woman convicted of killing gambler for $10K casino winnings

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 04/01/2015 - 01:39
SANTA ANA, Calif. (AP) — A woman has been convicted of killing a gambler she followed after he won $10,000 at a Southern California casino.

NYC man accused of scamming families of abducted children

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 04/01/2015 - 01:16
NEW YORK (AP) — A nonprofit director who said he could help desperate parents recover children illegally taken from the United States during custody disputes was arrested Tuesday on charges accusing him of being a con man.

Police search for Society Hill thief

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 04/01/2015 - 01:15

Police search for Society Hill thiefPhiladelphia police are looking for the person who broke into a car in broad daylight in Society Hill.

UN says remaining international staffers leave chaotic Yemen

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 04/01/2015 - 01:12
UNITED NATIONS (AP) — The United Nations said Tuesday that the last of its international staffers have now left Yemen as the U.N. human rights chief warns of a "total collapse" in the Arab world's poorest country.

Kentucky argues gay marriage ban not biased

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 04/01/2015 - 00:59
FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) — Gov. Steve Beshear's administration is arguing in a brief filed with the U.S. Supreme Court that Kentucky's ban on gay marriage isn't discriminatory because it bars both gay and straight people from same-sex unions.

SEPTA rider attacked by group in Center City

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 04/01/2015 - 00:57

SEPTA rider attacked by group in Center CityA camera at the 15th and Market platform captured the attack of a male rider on the Market Frankford line Monday.

Officials: Typhoon kills 5 on western Pacific island

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 04/01/2015 - 00:56
HAGATNA, Guam (AP) — A typhoon killed at least five people on a western Pacific Ocean island ahead of strong winds that are expected to bear down on a neighboring island in Micronesia on Wednesday, officials said.

Armed man caught after taking hostages at Pennsylvania firehouse

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 04/01/2015 - 00:47
(Reuters) - An armed suspect believed to be a former firefighter was apprehended on Tuesday after taking four firefighters hostage inside a suburban Philadelphia firehouse, officials said. Reports of an armed suspect at the LaMott Fire Company in Cheltenham Township, about 13 miles north of Philadelphia, came in to authorities at about 10:40 a.m., said John Corcoran, spokesman for the Montgomery County Department of Public Safety. About an hour later, a suspect was taken into custody, officials said. No one was injured in the incident. ...

Car crashes, goes entirely into store in Northeast Philadelphia

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 04/01/2015 - 00:37

1 dead after car hits nail salon in Northeast PhiladelphiaA car went entirely into a store after a crash on Tuesday in Northeast Philadelphia.

Colorado theater shooter's mom feels guilt over his illness

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 04/01/2015 - 00:37

File--In this file photograph taken on Monday, Dec. 8, 2014, an unidentified woman, left, consoles Arlene Holmes, right, as she leaves the courtroom after a pre-trial readiness hearing in Centennial, Colo., in the murder trial of her son, James Holmes, who is charged with killing 12 moviegoers and wounding 70 more in a shooting spree in a crowded theatre in Aurora, Colo., in July 2012. Arlene Holmes and her husband, Bob, told the Del Mar Times in the couple's first interview since the mass shooting about the book she wrote after her son's rampage in which she said that she prays for the victims of the theatre rampage daily "by name and by wound." (AP Photo/David Zalubowski, File)DENVER (AP) — The mother of Colorado theater shooter James Holmes feels guilty for not knowing her son was mentally ill and needed treatment, she wrote in a book of prayers and reflections compiled since the 2012 attack.

First lady asks kids to step up for healthy lunch challenge

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 04/01/2015 - 00:08

FILE - In this Tuesday, Oct. 14, 2014 file photo, First lady Michelle Obama watches as school children as prepare lunch in the East Room of the White House following the annual fall harvest of the White House Kitchen Garden in Washington. The first lady is challenging the nation’s children to dream up healthy lunch recipes, a now annual component of her Let’s Move! campaign to reduce childhood obesity through diet and exercise. The Healthy Lunchtime Challenge invites 8- to 12-year-olds to submit original recipes for healthy and affordable lunches. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh)WASHINGTON (AP) — Know any kids with a knack for making healthy lunches? Michelle Obama might invite them to the White House.

Firefighters being held hostage inside Elkins Park firehouse

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 03/31/2015 - 23:55

Suspect in custody after Elkins Park firehouse hostage situationAn armed suspect is holding firefighters hostage inside a firehouse in Elkins Park.

VIDEO: On-air coverage of Elkins Park hostage standoff

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 03/31/2015 - 23:54

 On-air coverage of Elkins Park hostage standoffSee on-air coverage from Action News of the hostage standoff at the La Mott fire station in Elkins Park, Pa.

PHOTOS: Firehouse hostage situation in Elkins Park

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 03/31/2015 - 23:54

 Firehouse hostage situation in Elkins ParkAction News was on the scene of a hostage situation in an Elkins Park firehouse.

Indiana governor wants changes to religious-objections law

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 03/31/2015 - 23:29
INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Indiana Gov. Mike Pence says he wants legislation clarifying that a new religious-freedom does not allow discrimination on his desk by the end of the week.

Police: Prisoner takes guard's gun, escapes from hospital

Yahoo! National News - Tue, 03/31/2015 - 23:28

Fairfax County, Va. Police stand guard at Inova Fairfax Hospital Center in Falls Church, Va., Tuesday, march 31, 2015, where a prisoner broke free from his security guard and took his gun. One shot was fired early Tuesday as a guard wrestled with a prisoner, who then fled a northern Virginia hospital with a gun setting off a lockdown and search, police said. (AP Photo/Cliff Owen)FALLS CHURCH, Va. (AP) — A prisoner being treated at a northern Virginia hospital wrestled with a guard and took her gun before escaping in a hospital gown and fleeing in a carjacked vehicle, prompting a hospital lockdown and a massive search, police said.