August 2011 Headlines

Camp Helps Wounded Vets Climb Past Disabilities

One group in Washington State is helping wounded warriors by showing them anything is possible in life. All they have to do is make it happen.

Northeast Still Reeling from Irene's Floodwaters

Hurricane Irene is long gone, but the floodwaters are still taking a toll on millions of Americans Wednesday, particularly in the Northeast.

Jones Steps in as Acting ATF Chief amid Scandal

B. Todd Jones has replaced Kenneth Melson as the acting head of the ATF over a gun-trafficking scandal that has rocked the agency. 

Amid 9/11 Anniversary, U.S. Fails Security Checks

As the tenth anniversary of 9/11 approaches, a new report suggests the United States is still highly vulnerable to terrorist attacks.

New Joplin Mural Points to Hope, Future

Roughly three months after a tornado destroyed the city of Joplin, Mo., one resident is using art as a way to offer hope and healing to her community.

Evacuated NC Residents Still Barred from Homes

Residents of Hatteras Island tried to return to the Outer Banks, but they were turned away by police.

Some VA Residents Still in the Dark After Irene

Hurricane Irene knocked out electrical power to more than 1.2 million residents in Virginia and many are still in the dark.

Dozens of OK, Texas Homes Destroyed by Wildfires

Wildfires are sweeping through parts of Texas and Oklahoma, destroying dozens of homes and forcing hundreds of residents to evacuate. 

Calif. Superintendent Volunteers for Major Pay Cut

One Fresno County, Calif. school superintendent is putting himself, and his salary, on the line to help his school district.

NH Firefighters Save Dad, Kids from Flooded River

A New Hampshire father is grateful that he and his two young daughters are alive after they were rescued from the rain-swollen Merrimack River.

Court Temporarily Blocks Ala. Immigration Law

U.S. District Judge Sharon L. Blackburn said Monday she needed more time to decide whether the law is constitutional. 

Obama's Uncle Arrested; Could be Deported

President Obama's uncle has been arrested for drunk driving and could be deported by immigration officials.

Regent Students Lend Hand in Irene Clean Up

Operation Blessing International with the help of students from Regent University is trying to speed up the recovery for victims of Hurricane Irene.

Death Toll, Floodwaters Rise in Irene's Wake

The death toll and the floodwaters are still rising in the aftermath of Hurricane Irene, with at least 40 people dead and up to $10 billion in insured losses.

New Web Campaign Targets Christian Groups

Online political activists recently launched a campaign that pressures businesses to discriminate against customers and charities based on their faith.

Hillsong Film Shows 'We're in This Together'

The international Christian music group Hillsong United has found a unique way to spread the love of God.

Ohio Lawmaker Offers Free Lunch for Ideas

One Ohio lawmaker is offering her constituents the opportunity to win a free lunch in exchange for good ideas.

Texas Pastor Launches 'Drive-Through' Church

A church in Texas is trying an unconventional method to reach people in their community.

Indiana's New Voucher Law Sparks School Exodus

More than 3,200 children in Indiana are changing schools because of the new voucher program Gov. Mitch Daniel recently signed into law.

Irene Skips Town at Center of East Coast Quake

Residents in the Virginia town at the center of the 5.8 earthquake that shook the East Coast last week are grateful that Hurricane Irene passed them by.

Virginia Residents: God Intervened in Irene

Nearly 250,000 homes were still without power Monday, thanks to Hurricane Irene's incredible wind and water.

NC Church Offers Aid to Storm-Battered Outer Banks

Christians living in the Outer Banks have been giving thanks for God's protection from Hurricane Irene. Now they're ready to help others in the region.

Operation Blessing Ready to Help in Storm's Wake

As Irene pummeled the East Coast, CBN's Operation Blessing tracked the storm from Virginia Beach, Va., and prepared to help victims as soon as the storm passes.

Beach Residents Soak Up Sunshine Before Irene

Sandbridge is between the Virginia and North Carolina line, and a mandatory evacuation is underway. But some residents stopped to enjoy the sun just a little longer.

Navy Orders Ships to Sea as Irene Approaches

As a precaution, the Navy is sending 27 warships, including an aircraft carrier out into the Atlantic, to move out of harms way from Hurricane Irene.

East Coast Utilities Prep for Huge Power Outages

Flooding rains and high winds could drop many trees onto power lines, affecting an unusually large number of people.

Irene Prompts Delay of MLK Memorial Dedication

The dedication had been scheduled for Sunday morning, with up to 250,000 people attending.

Surfing Pooch Helps Disabled Catch a Wave

A young service dog may have found her calling, and it's not on a leash -- it's on a surf board.

NY Mayor Bans Faith Leaders from 9/11 Ceremony

New York's mayor has come under fire for excluding spiritual leaders from the upcoming memorial service commemorating the 10th anniversary of 9/11.

Miss. School District Stops Public Prayers

Another school district has stopped public prayers before high school football games in response to complaints from the Freedom from Religion Foundation.

NY Muslims Decry Police Undercover Tactics

A New York City Police Department initiative to combat terrorism has drawn criticism from a Muslim group.

Older East Coast Bldgs. Pose Earthquake Risk

Tuesday's earthquake served as a reminder that aging buildings carry a special public safety hazard during times of seismic activity.

Group Warns of 'Trashy' Fall TV Lineup

Networks are gearing up their fall television lineup, but not everyone is looking forward to the shows.

Tenn. Church, Mosque Host Joint 9/11 Blood Drive

A Christian church and an Islamic center are seeking to set an example of unity in one Tennessee community.

Christian Music Event Set to 'Rock The Universe'

Florida's biggest Christian music festival, Rock the Universe 2011, will take place Sept. 9 - 10 at the Universal Orlando Resort in Orlando, Fla.

Forecasters: Southwest Drought to Last until Fall

The dreary forecast means no relief for Texas and Oklahoma.

Texas City Uses Parking Change to Feed Needy

Residents of San Antonio, Texas are a little more willing to pay for city parking since the city is using the extra change for a worthy cause.

Ky. High School Stops Football Pre-Game Prayer

A pre-game prayer was noticeably missing at Friday night's opening football game at Bell County High School in Pineville, Ky.

Nat'l Landmarks Damaged in East Coast Quake

The strongest quake to strike the East Coast since World War II has left cracks in the Washington monument and also damaged the National Cathedral.

Grady: Tims' Death Could Have Been Avoided

The recent untimely death of Pastor Zachery Tims has raised new questions about support and accountability for pastors in America.

Florida, Carolinas Brace for a Category 4 Irene

Hurricane Irene could hit Florida, Georgia or South Carolina before the end of the week. By then, forecasters say it could become a deadly Category 4 storm.

N.Y. Mayor Wants More Traffic Light Cameras

New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg wants red light cameras installed on every street corner.

Outdated Fairness Doctrine Taken Off the Books

The U.S. Federal Communications Commission has taken the Fairness Doctrine, comprising 83 regulations, off the books for good.

Somalis Get Life for Killing Missionaries

A federal judge in Norfolk, Va. sentenced two Somali men to life in prison Monday for hijacking a yacht and killing the four Americans on board.

Largest Quake Since 1973 Shakes Colorado

A magnitude 5.3 earthquake shook southern Colorado late Monday.

Is America Straying from Religion?

A new study suggests that although America was founded on Christian principles, the nation is starting to stray from those ideals.

Tims Remembered: Life He Lived, Church He Served

More than 5,000 people packed the First Baptist Church of Orlando, Fla. on Saturday for the three-and-a-half-hour funeral service of Pastor Zachery Tims.

King Memorial Opens to Public

The memorial to the Rev. Martin Luther King, Jr. opens Monday in Washington, D.C.

Hurricane Irene Could Hit US Thursday

The first hurricane of the Atlantic season is expected to hit southern Florida by Thursday and could also clip Georgia and the Carolinas.

Hurricane Warnings Issued as Irene Approaches

A hurricane warning was issued Sunday for Puerto Rico and the northern Coast of the Dominican Republic.

E-Harmony and Beyond: Finding the Perfect Mate

The Internet has changed the way singles go about dating. CBN News' roundtable of panelists addressed the pros and cons of finding love online.

PTC: Today's Cartoons No Laughing Matter

The Parents Television Council has researched the current crop of cartoon programs and found they contain material inappropriate for young audiences.

Denver and the Mile High Orchestra Releases Kids CD

The Christian music group, Denver and the Mile High Orchestra, have released a new children's album titled "Groovy."

Pastor Tims' Death: Is God Trying to Tell Us Something?

The sudden death of the Florida megachurch leader has drawn both praise of the ministry he led and speculation about the private life he lived.

Catholic Charities Lose Foster Care Case

Illinois Circuit Judge John Schmidt sided with Chicago in its decision to stop contracting with the agency after it refused to work with gays.    

Vanderbilt University to Recognize Pagan Holidays

Vanderbilt University officials have decided to include pagan holidays on the school's list of religious holy days.

Firefighters' 6,000-Mile Quest for 9/11 Memorial

One town in Washington state is working on a special plan to remember the victims of Sept. 11, 2001. 

New Noah's Ark Aims to Prove Truth of Bible

Tucked away in a nondescript office park in northern Kentucky, Noah's followers are rebuilding his ark.

Fla. School Heightens Security after Bomb Plot

Police in Tampa, Fla., believe they stopped a student's plot to bomb a high school.

Planned Parenthood Fights for Gov't Funds

Planned Parenthood is facing funding cuts across the country. Several states have already voted to defund the abortion provider.

Joplin Students Head Back to School

Students in Joplin, Mo., are back in school for the first time since a deadly tornado destroyed their city.

TSA Tests Advanced Imaging Software at Airports

The Transportation Security Administration has started testing new advanced imaging technology software that will ultimately replace current body scanners many have argued are too invasive.

Sugarland Band Credits Prayer Circle for Survival

The country music duo was set to perform on the stage that collapsed at the Indiana State Fair Aug. 14.

Fellow Pastors Hold Memorial for Tims

The peers of Pastor Zachery Tims are urging people not to rush to conclusions about his death.

Neighbor Stops Child's Kidnapping in New Mexico

A six-year-old New Mexico girl is safe after her neighbor thwarted an attempted kidnapping. Police say he may have saved her life

US Child Poverty Rate Continues to Rise

Child poverty is on the rise in the U.S., a new study shows.

Pentagon: Army Improperly Tested Body Armor Plates

The Army improperly tested new bullet-blocking plates and cannot be certain they meet the standards to protect U.S. troops.

Tobacco Firms Sue FDA over New Warnings

Four of the five largest U.S. tobacco companies sued the federal government Tuesday over new graphic cigarette labels.

Church Calls on God as Facts Emerge in Tims Death

As new details begin to emerge about the death of megachurch pastor Zachery Tims, members of New Destiny Christian Center are finding comfort in God.

'Unschooling' Gives Kids Choice in Studies

Some parents in Arizona are trying out a new teaching method that allows their kids to have a summer break mentality all year round.

Judge Refuses to Block Ind. School Voucher Plan

Marion Superior Court Judge Michael Keele denied a request to block Indiana's school voucher program Monday, saying the plan is "religion-neutral."

'Obamacare's' Fate Uncertain after Latest Ruling

Many legal analysts believe among the cases the high court will consider this term will be recent rulings on President Obama's health care reform law.

Kansas Governor Rejects Healthcare Funds

Reuters reported Republican Gov. Sam Brownback ordered the return of federal funds amounting to $31.5 million.

Obama Admin: Healthcare Ruling Won't Stand

In a divided ruling, a three-judge panel of the 11th Circuit Court of Appeals in Atlanta sided with the 26 states that sued to block the law.

Indiana Remembers Stage Collapse Victims

The Indiana State Fair is scheduled to reopen Monday after being closed the previous day due to a deadly stage collapse that killed five people.

Court Sides with States: HC Law Unconstitutional

A federal appeals court panel says the requirement in President Obama's health care law that nearly all Americans must have health insurance is unconstitutional.

Sesame Street: No Bert and Ernie Gay Marriage

The well-known children's show Sesame Street is refusing a request to portray a same-sex marriage and promote gay rights to its young audience.

Portraits of Navy SEALs Killed in Helicopter Crash

The Americans killed aboard a downed helicopter in Afghanistan were intensely patriotic and talented young men with a love of physical challenges and a passion for the high-risk job they chose.

Postal Service Considers Laying Off 120K Workers

The U.S Postal Service is considering cutting as many as 120,000 jobs after a second year of losses totaling $8 billion. 

Movie Reviews: "Glee 3D" and "The Help"

Looking for something to do this weekend? Maybe a trip to the movies is in store with three new films making their theatrical debut.

Starbucks CEO Cancels Willow Creek Summit Talk

Howard Schultz, the chief executive officer of Starbucks has canceled an appearance at Willow Creek Community Church in South Barrington, Ill., after pressure from gay rights groups.

Joplin Survivor Surprised With Home Makeover

An Operation Blessing International team surprised a survivor of the Joplin tornado with a home makeover.

Fla. County Appeals Ten Commandments Case

Officials in Dixie County, Florida are appealing to keep a Ten Commandments monument in front of their local courthouse building in Cross City.

Inventor's 'YouTurn' Glove Could Keep Cyclists Safe

One Oregon man may have come up with a way to help drivers and cyclists better share the road.

Boy's Family Credits Prayer for 'Miracle'

After finding the boy under water for 20 minutes, rescuers feared the worst. But he's now alert and talking. His parents credit the power of prayer.

SEAL Families Remember Christian Warriors

As the nation grieves their loss, family and friends find comfort in each other and local churches are stepping in to help heal the wounds.

NYT Op-Ed: 'Response' Rally 'Defies Reason'

A reporter from The New York Times recently bashed Gov. Rick Perry's massive prayer meeting held in Houston last weekend.

NC Board Appeals Prayer Case to Supreme Court

The commissioners of one North Carolina's Forsyth county have voted to appeal a prayer case to the U.S. Supreme Court.

Judge Rejects Inmate's Request for Satanic Bible

A federal judge struck down a convicted inmate's request to allow him to have a copy of the Satanic Bible on Monday.

Federal Lawsuit Links Iran to 9/11 Terror Attacks

After tracking down Islamists like bin Laden and an al Zawahiri for their role in 9/11, the government's now set its sights on a new suspect - Iran.

Anteater Found Wandering Ore. Neighborhood

An Oregon man recently found an anteater wandering around his neighborhood doing what he does best -- eating ants.

Obama Honors Navy SEALs Killed in Attack

President Obama is preparing to honor the 30 U.S. soldiers killed Saturday after their helicopter was shot down in Afghanistan.

Army Okays Fort Bragg Atheist Concert

Sgt. Justin Griffith, director of American Atheists and the concert's organizer, said the move was a great opportunity for troops who aren't religious.

Some Cities Put Squeeze on Kids' Lemonade Stands

Some local bureaucrats are cracking down on childrens' lemonade stands in cities across the country.

Photographer Debuts Fla. Underwater Art Exhibit

Austrian art photographer Andreas Franke's latest exhibit is making waves off the coast of Florida.

Osteen's 'Hope Tour' Inspires Chicago

Billed as "America's Night of Hope," the Chicago leg of the annual tour event was filled with positive thoughts from Osteen and his wife Victoria.

States Get Waivers for 'No Child Left Behind' Law

The highly debated "No Child Left Behind" law may be left behind this year.

'The Response' Prayer Rally Bigger Than Expected

It wasn't a ballgame, a concert or even a speaker that drew 30,00 people to Houston's Reliant Stadium. It was seven hours of continuous worship.

Va. SEAL Community Mourns Loss, Bands Together

As the U.S. mourns the loss of the SEALs killed in Saturday's Afghan crash, their families are revealing more about the men who sacrificed so much.

Troops in Deadly Crash Were After Taliban Leader

As NATO battled Afghan insurgents near the site of the copter crash that killed 30 U.S. troops, one group is reaching out to the grieving families.

'Apes' Reboot Rules Weekend Box Office

"Rise of the Planet of the Apes" climbed to the top of the box office this weekend with the movie banking $54 million.

Perry to Evangelicals: I'm One of You

Texas Gov. Rick Perry sent a strong message to the nation's evangelicals Saturday.

'The Response' Critics Hold Protest Rally

As thousands prepare to attend Texas Gov. Rick Perry's prayer rally, The Response, opponents held an intearfaith service in Houston Friday night.

Thousands Expected at 'The Response' Prayer Rally

More than 8,000 Americans will respond to a call by Texas Gov. Perry to gather in Houston's Reliant Stadium for a time of prayer and fasting for the nation.

Lightning Blamed in Alabama Church Fire

Alabama fire officials are citing lightning as the cause of a fire that burned down a church in Athens.

White House Counter Terror Plan Goes Local

In a new report released Wednesday, the White House advocated fighting the threat more on the local level.

'Curious George' Unveils Tale of Holocaust Survival

Curious George became an American phenomenon that has withstood the test of time. But most don't know the tale of how the storybook chimp helped save a Jewish couple.

VA Tech on Lockdown After Gunman Reported

Authorities put Virginia Tech on lockdown Thursday afternoon after three children reported seeing a man holding something that looked like a gun.

Deadly Heat Wave Still Covering the Country

Soaring temperatures are leading to many heat-related illnesses. More than 100 deaths are being blamed on the hot weather.

Ground Zero Mosque to Take Years to Build

It may be years before the controversial mosque near Ground Zero is built.

Calif. Christian Sorority, Fraternity Lose Appeal

The 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals has ruled against a Christian sorority and fraternity who challenged a nondiscrimination policy at California state universities.

TSA to Test Israeli-Like Questioning at Airports

A U.S. airport is testing out a controversial security screening system developed by the Israelis.

Federal Probe Nabs 72 Child Predators

Federal law enforcement officials say 72 people have been charged with participating in an online international network engaged in the sexual abuse of children.

Heat Warnings Issued for South, Midwest

Much of the South and Midwest are dealing with record-breaking temperatures again this week.

Air Force Pulls Christian-Themed Ethics Training

The U.S. Air Force has stopped teaching a course titled "Christian Just War Theory."

FAA Shut Down Continues Amid Senate Recess

The FAA will continue until September because Senate lawmakers left town without resolving a stalemate over rural air service subsidy cuts.

Media Under Fire for 'Terrorist' Rhetoric

The Media Research Center, a non-profit organization whose mission is to educate the public and media on bias in the media, put together a list of some of the starkest examples.

Leaders: Gov. Perry Rally Excludes Other Faiths

Some religious leaders have expressed their concerns about Texas Gov. Rick Perry's prayer rally scheduled for Saturday in Houston.

ACLJ: Commandments Suit Has No Legal Standing

The American Center for Law and Justice says a challenge to prevent the Ten Commandments from being posted in an Ohio court doesn't have the legal standing.

Medal of Honor Recipient Welcomed Home

Recent Medal of Honor recipient Sgt. 1st Class Leroy Petry receive a war hero's welcome home this week, complete with a parade, cheers and plenty of tears.

Tropical Dud? Don Fails to End Texas Drought

Texans were hoping that Tropical Storm Don would put an end to the state's nine-month drought. But Don came and went and the heat and drought continue. 

Kansas Ordered to Resume Abortion Clinic Funding

A federal judge has temporarily blocked a new Kansas law that would have stripped Planned Parenthood locations in the state of federal funding.

Faith-Based Groups Fear Gay Adoption Penalties

Recent legislation recognizing same-sex couples in New York and Illinois has reignited the debate over gay adoption.

Surf Program Builds Blind Kids' Confidence

The "Surf for All" program in Long Island, N.Y., is looking to prove that being blind doesn't have to hold you back from anything, even surfing.

Board: Crystal Cathedral No Longer for Sale

The announcement that the campus is no longer for sale came during Sunday morning services, followed by a vote of the church's board of directors.

Perry: Saturday Prayer Rally to Give America Hope

Texas Gov. Rick Perry says Saturday's prayer rally has two purposes -- lifting up the name of Jesus and asking God to give America hope and direction.