December 2011 Headlines

Handel's 'Messiah' Inspires Listeners, Transcends Time

Handel is believed to have composed "Messiah" in only 24 days. Many believe it was divinely inspired.

America's Cyber Defenses: A Digital Pearl Harbor?

The critical infrastructure that keeps this country running is surprisingly, and some would even say shockingly, vulnerable to cyber attacks.

Poll: Americans Cautiously Optimistic for 2012

Americans are hopeful that 2012 will be a good year but remain cautiously optimistic about the economic problems that remain.

'Candy Cane' Case Appealed to US Supreme Court

A religious freedom case involving candy cane pens was appealed to the U.S. Supreme Court on Thursday by the Liberty Institute.

Atheist Dispute over Pendleton Crosses Must Wait

A Marine Corps ruling on a pair of crosses located on a hill above California's Camp Pendleton isn't expected until next year. An atheist group wants the crosses removed.

Nursing Moms Protest Target Stores

Breastfeeding mothers staged a nationwide protest Wednesday at several Target stores across the country.

NYC's 9/11 Memorial Tops 1 Million Visitors

More than one million people have visited the Sept. 11 memorial in New York City since it opened four months ago.

WA State Could Decide on Pot Use Next Year

Washington State voters may get to decide on whether to legalize the use of marijuana in 2012.

Heartbreaking Christmas Day Fire Ruled Accidental

Authorities in Stamford, Conn., say a deadly Christmas Day fire that killed three young children and their two grandparents was an accident.

Strong Winds, Heavy Rain Strike S. Carolina

High winds and rain wreaked havoc across South Carolina on Tuesday.

NYC Getting Ready to Drop New Year's Ball

With New Year's Eve just four days away, workers in Manhattan's Times Square are getting ready for the big ball drop.

Post-Iraq War: Getting Veterans Back to Work

For the last nine years, American troops have seen several tours in Iraq. Now that the war is ending, what's next for these soldiers?

Salvation Army Campaign Rings In Donations

One Salvation Army bell ringer in Wisconsin found a lot more than spare change in his kettle at the end of the day.

Exodus Int'l Head Named 'Daniel of the Year'

WORLD Magazine has named Exodus International's president as its "Daniel of the Year," a title that honors Christians who stand up to ungodly trends. 

Christians Say SNL Tebow Skit No Laughing Matter

A Saturday Night Live sketch spinning off the growing popularity of Christian NFL quarterback Tim Tebow is drawing continued criticism.

The Significance of Mistletoe

Mistletoe is more than a kissing plant -- it was once known as a plant that represented peace and even stopped battles.

Ministry Gives Back with Operation Christmas Child

Across the country volunteers are teaming up with Franklin Graham of Samaritan's Purse to stuff shoe boxes full of gifts for the needy.

Christmas with Actress Nancy Stafford

This time of year is special to Stafford. She has a Christmas tradition of decorating the tree with ornaments that her mom made.

Wintery Weather Causing Holiday Headaches

Holiday travelers are facing a multitude of weather challenges Thursday, with officials posting winter warnings or advisories in seven states.

NY Housing Authority Gives Bronx Church the Boot

Bronx Bible Church had been holding worship services in the community room of a public housing project. Unless the Housing Authority relents, the church's last service will be Christmas Day.

Operation Blessing Spreading Christmas Cheer

OB partnered with the Salvation Army's Christmas Depot and the U.S. Marines Toys for Tots to spread Christian cheer in Hampton Roads.

Military Could Get Expedited Airport Screening

New legislation passed by the House Tuesday would allow military travelers who are in uniform to receive "expedited" screening.

New FAA Rules Bar Tired Pilots from Flying

Safety advocates, who have been pushing to have flying regulations revised for more than two decades, applauded the new rules.

Behind the Twelve Days of Christmas

Author Ace Collins takes us on a journey to discover just what the 12 days of Christmas are really all about.

Buffalo U. Suspends InterVarsity Christian Fellowship

The InterVarsity Christian Fellowship chapter at the University of Buffalo was suspended after asking one of its leaders to resign because of his homosexuality.

Winter Storm Throws Monkey Wrench in Travel Plans

A winter storm system that blasted parts of the western United States could make holiday travel more difficult.

Friendly Skies Still Crowded Despite Fewer Fliers

Even with less passengers, flights will be full because airlines have cut back on the number of flights.

Judge: Pastor Tims Cause of Death Can Be Released

The cause of death for Pastor Zachery Tims will likely be revealed within the next two days, after a Florida judge ruled that his autopsy results could not be kept private.

Top News of 2011: CBN News Year in Review

In August, one part of CBN's "Signs of the Times" series examined how events in the Middle East are linining up with biblical prophecy regarding Israel.

Serious Violations Found at 'Head Start' Centers

Government-funded childcare programs have violated serious safety rules, according to a report released Tuesday.

Deadly Blizzard has Great Plains on High Alert

The deadly Great Plains storm stranded motorists as blizzard conditions shut down major roadways.

Despite Loss, Broncos Tebow Scores Big with Fans

Broncos quarterback Tim Tebow's performance on and off the the field has earned him respect - even from New England Patriots fans.  

Denver and NFL Fans Living for 'Tebow Time'

Denver Broncos quarterback Tim Tebow's heroics on and off the field are creating fans among those who don't even care about football.

Anglican Fever: Youth Flock to New Denomination

Young people often seek friendly churches with a casual environment. But a new Anglican denomination is drawing them in using centuries-old practices.

Defending Christmas: Are We Using the Right Strategy?

Each Christmas, atheists and agnostics seem to ramp up their attacks on the holiday used to celebrate the birth of Christ.

Movie Reviews: 'Alvin,' 'Sherlock' and 'War Horse'

The Christmas season means many family friendly movies are hitting your local neighborhood theatre.

Homeless Student Stays Determined Despite Odds

College students often complain about a lack of money, but Wisconsin student Betty Ann Rochelle knows the reality of poverty.

Ga. Church Holds Final Service in Historic Building

The Christ Church congregation in Savannah, Ga., is without a worship facility after losing its legal battle to stay in the historic building where members have worshipped since Georgia was a British colony.

Rare Ten Commandments Scroll on Display in NY

A 2,000-year-old copy of the Ten Commandments goes on display for the first time in New York Friday as part of the 10-day "Discovery Times Square" exposition.

Life of an Atheist: Christopher Hutchens Dies

Outspoken atheist Christopher Hitchens has died after a lengthy, public battle with cancer. He was 62.

Atheist Group Hopes to Block Texas Nativity Scene

The Freedom From Religion Foundation is demanding that a nativity scene be removed from the lawn of a courthouse in Athens, Texas.

'Miracle' Baby Could be Home by New Year's

Melinda Star Guido weighed only half a pound when she was born. Now weighing in at four pounds now, doctors say the little one is a "miracle."

Arab Charities Refuse Lowe's Donations

A network of 22 Arab-American charities say they will no longer accept donations from Lowe's.

David vs. Goliath: Idaho Couple Takes on the EPA

One Idaho couple's battle with the Environmental Protection Agency has finally made it to the Supreme Court -- and now their case has national implications.

Obama Marks End of Iraq War with Fort Bragg Visit

President Barack Obama marked the end of the Iraq War Wednesday, saluting troops has they returned to Fort Bragg, N.C.

After Insults, Fox Host Kicks Atheist Off His Show

Fox Business Network host Eric Bolling ended a live interview with an atheist guest, after the man began insulting Christianity and the celebration of Christmas.

Churches Become Heroes to Nation's Military Families

While many people enthusiastically support the troops, one group is often overlooked: their children.

'The Protester' Named Time Person of the Year

Time magazine has named "The Protester" its person of the year, citing demonstrations around the world by citizens wanting change in their countries.

Stay-at-Home Dads Ditch 'Tradition' for Family Time

A new U.S. census report revealed almost 5 million fathers are now primary caregivers -- nearly double the amount from a decade ago.

Atheists Crowd Out Calif. Park Nativity Displays

For years, churches in Santa Monica have set up a nativity scene in Palisades Park. But thanks to a new lottery system, most of the park spaces were awarded to atheists.

Family: Injured Model Making 'Miraculous' Progress

A model and fashion blogger who was severely injured when she accidentally walked into an a airplane propeller is making amazing progress in her recovery.

Cemetery Head Quits after Religious Speech Flap

The director of the Houston National Cemetery is leaving her post after fallout over a religious speech controversy, U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs officials announced Wednesday.

Tenn. Town Sued for Keeping Crosses on Display

The town of Whiteville, Tenn., is being sued for keeping crosses on public land after an atheist group filed complaints.

Ex-Iranian Guard Leader Visits White House

A former member of the Iranian Revolutionary Guard, who has been connected to terrorist activities, paid a visit the White House this week.

Homeless Child Rate at Record High, Worst in Ala.

The National Center on Family Homelessness said each year one in every 45 children -- or about 1.6 million -- will experience homelessness.

Fear of Big Government Near Record High

A new poll finds that 64 percent of Americans say government growth is the top threat to the country, just one point away from a record high.

'Modern Grinches' Step Up Anti-Christmas Efforts

The ongoing war against Christmas appears to be getting worse as so-called modern grinches step up their efforts to take Christ out of the holiday.

Judge Tosses Lawsuit against Ariz. Day of Prayer

A lawsuit challenging Arizona Gov. Jan Brewer's proclamations of a state day of prayer has been dismissed by a federal judge.

Lowe's Criticized After Pulling Ad from Muslim Show

Lowe's Home Improvement is facing backlash over pulling all of its advertising from a controversial new reality show featuring American Muslims.

Immigration Debate Goes Before Supreme Court

The U.S. Supreme Court announced Monday that it will decide whether Arizona's' controversial immigration law is constitutional.

Military Widow: Spouse's Remains Tossed in Landfill

A New Jersey widow's search for the remains of her husband led to a shocking discovery.

Texas Charities Struggling This Christmas Season

In central Texas, donations are down for the Salvation Army's Angel Giving Tree, a program that allows customers to provide needy children with Christmas gifts.

Movie Review: 'New Year's Eve'

The start of the holiday season means more family films will hit the silver screen and be released on DVD by the major studios.

Jars of Clay Asks Fans to Help with Africa Missions

The popular Christian rock band Jars of Clay, who's currently in the middle of its Christmas tour, is asking its fans for something unusual this holiday -- cement.

The Good and Bad of 'Warfare' Video Games

The popularity of video games featuring violent combat scenarios has risen so much that the U.S. Army now has a game available on their website.

Making Men: Teaching Sons to Grow Up Well

In today's often emasculating culture, how does a guy learn how to be a good man? How does a woman learn to recognize him?

Va. Tech Gunman Identified as Radford Student

Police are identifying the Virginia Tech gunman as a 22-year-old college student at nearby Radford University.

Danny Wuerffel's Greatest Challenge

Heisman Trophy Winner and former NFL Quarterback Danny Wuerffel talked about his latest challenge, living with Guillain Barre Syndrome.

Virginia Tech Community Mourns Slain Officer

Students and faculty at the Virginia Tech are trying to make sense of another deadly tragedy on their campus.

Va. Tech Gunman May've Been 1 of 2 Found Dead

Police now believe a second body found in a nearby parking lot may've been the gunman who shot and killed a police officer Thursday on Virginia Tech's campus.

Study: MTV Demeans Women, Promotes Womanizing

The Parents Television Council says only 24 percent of women on MTV's most popular shows say something positive about themselves.

More Mishandled Troop Remains Revealed

A recent report says the remains of many more troops have been dumped in a Virginia landfill than the military originally acknowledged.

Appeals Court Hears Prop 8 Arguments

The California law known as Proposition 8 is scheduled to be back before the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in San Francisco Thursday as justices consider several lingering issues of the case.

Pa. Mayor Rejects Atheist Banner for Holiday Display

A western Pennsylvania mayor has refused to add an atheist banner, which reads 'there are no gods," to his city's holiday display.

Many in Calif. Still Without Power after Windstorm

With thousands of Southern California residents having been without power for nearly a week, anger against utility crews is on the rise.

Ceremony Honors America's Fallen Military Heroes

One organization is making sure that these brave men and women and their families are honored and remembered for a lifetime.

Grieving Families Unhappy with WV Mine Settlement

Millions will be paid out for the 2010 West Virginia mine blast that killed 29 men. But the grieving families want those responsible to do jail time.

Raleigh Council Opposes NC Gay Marriage Ban

The city of Raleigh, N.C., passed a resolution opposing a constitutional ban on gay marriage.

Icy Weather Pummels West, Eyes East Coast

Forecasters have issued a winter storm warning for much of the East Coast. The move comes after some residents of the West were blasted by snow and ice storms.

Pearl Harbor Attack Remembered on 70th Anniversary

Wednesday marked the 70th anniversary of the Japanese sneak attack on U.S. military forces at Pearl Harbor, Hawaii.

Lawmaker: Ban Gender, Race-Based Abortions

An increasing number of babies in the U.S. are being aborted because of their gender or race, which has led to a new move in Washington to ban the practice.

Billy Graham Released from Hospital

After a restful night and continued progress in his recovery from pneumonia, Rev. Billy Graham was released from the hospital Tuesday.

Cookie Project Spreads Cheer to Christmas Workers

To counter the commercialism often associated with Christmas, California resident John Marcotte started "The Cookie Project."

Fashion Editor's Parents Say Jesus Saved Daughter

The parents of a young fashion magazine editor are crediting Jesus Christ for saving their daughter's life after she walked into the propeller of an airplane.

Group Honors Wounded Vets with Custom Homes

Operation Coming Home is working to help wounded warriors like Marine Sgt. Carlos Evans live as normal a life as possible by providing them with specialized homes.

ACLU Sues S.C. School for Promoting Christianity

The suit alleges a student was given the option to attend a school rally featuring a Christian rapper and a youth evangelist -- or face in-school suspension.

NYC Church Will Continue Fight Despite Ruling

A New York City church is pledging to continue its fight for free speech after the Supreme Court ruled the city's ban on worship services in public schools would stand.

Graham Regaining Strength after Pneumonia Bout

Rev. Billy Graham's doctors say he is showing signs of improvement after recuperating for several days in a North Carolina hospital.

Ky. Church Nixes Ban on Interracial Couples

An eastern Kentucky Church overturned its ban on interracial couples Sunday, saying it welcomes all believers.

Bishop Eddie Long Takes Leave of Absence

Two days after his wife announced she's filing for divorce, Bishop Eddie Long says he's taking time to focus on healing his family.

Mockery or Morality? 'Virgin Diaries' Show Causes Stir

The new reality TV show "Virgin Diaries" sets out to highlight the lives of couples waiting until marriage to have sex. But some say it's a mockery of abstinece.

Best Bets for Movies this Christmas Season

From "The Muppets" to "Arthur Christmas," this holiday season means more family films are hitting the big screen.

Eddie Long's Wife Goes Back and Forth on Divorce

By Friday night, Vanessa Long's attorney said she would in fact move forward with the divorce procedure.  Earlier, it seemed she wanted to reconcile.

Obama: Honor Christ with Generosity This Season

President Obama says Americans of all faiths can unite around Christ's message of love and service.

Film 'Game of Your Life' Gets Kudos from Family Group

A family-friendly movie scheduled to air Friday night on the NBC television network is garnering praise from the American Family Association.

Violent Santa Ana Winds Stun Residents, Scientists

Powerful wind storms left a path of destruction across several Western states Thursday, with several communities declaring emergencies after hundreds of thousands were left without power.

Report: America Failing to Address Human Trafficking

Nearly all of the United States has failed to properly address the issue of human trafficking, according to a new report from Shared Hope International.

Joel Osteen Producing Reality TV Show

Joel Osteen is teaming up with the producer of TV's Survivor to create a new reality show.

Military Families Kick Off Christmas at White House

First lady Michelle Obama invited military families to be the first to see this year's White House Christmas decorations.