February 2012 Headlines

'Ketchup Kids' Help Principal Find True Calling

One school principal in the heart of Las Vegas is providing families with food and clothes after discovering students subsisting on stolen ketchup packets.

Christian Model Takes on Racy Cosmo

Once a rising star in the modeling world, Nicole Weider is on a mission to expose fashion's dark side, leading a petition against Cosmopolitan's racy content.

Pa. Judge's Ruling Proof of Sharia Law in US Courts?

The judge's decision has outraged freedom of speech proponents and some legal experts, who say it is in clear violation of the First Amendment.

Deadly Storm Spawns Tornadoes Across Midwest

A powerful storm system that produced multiple reports of tornadoes struck the Midwest Tuesday night, killing at least 11 people in Illinois and Missouri.

Punishing Taxpayers: US Prison System Run Amok?

A coalition of liberals and conservatives says many who shouldn't be behind bars are being jailed at such a high cost to society, it's time to rein it in.

Graham Apologizes for Questioning Obama's Faith

Rev. Franklin Graham apologized Tuesday to President Obama for raising doubts about his Christian faith.

Monkees Singer Davy Jones Dies in Florida at 66

Davy Jones, the lead singer of the 1960s group The Monkees, died of a massive heart attack Wednesday in Florida, his spokeswoman said. He was 66.

Ohio Community Processing Together after Shooting

The community of Chardon, Ohio is still trying to recover from Monday's multiple shooting at the local high school that left three students dead.

Prophecy Giant Hilton Sutton Dead at 87

The Church is morning the loss of one of the world's leading authorities on prophetic scriptures.

Blind Faith: Ind. Man Gives Away Braille Bibles

Keith Reedy has been blind since birth. After the challenges he faced acquiring his first braille Bible, Reedy felt called to help others in his situation.

Va. Senate Passes Revised Ultrasound Mandate

The state senate passed the measure requiring an ultrasound before an abortion, but only after revising what began as a very controversial bill.

Troubled Ohio Shooting Suspect Fired at Random

The 17-year-old suspected of opening fire at an Ohio high school, killing three of his peers, was described by prosecutors Tuesday as "someone who's not well."

Kenseth Wins Daytona 500 After Fire, Rain

Driver Matt Kenseth won his second Daytona 500 in the early hours of Tuesday morning after a bizarre race that will certainly go down in NASCAR history.

Student: Ohio School Shooting Suspect was Bullied

An FBI spokeswoman says five students were injured when a shooter described as a classmate opened fire at an Ohio high school.

Charity Aid Group Helps Va. Homeless Shelter

The Christian Broadcasting Network's Operation Blessing International recently provided much needed supplies to a homeless shelter in southeastern Virginia

Judge Rules NYC Churches Can Use School Buildings

Churches can once again meet for worship in New York City public school buildings while their legal case plays out in the courts.

Freedom Sunday: Churches Fight Child Trafficking

Some 4,600 churches worldwide plan to observe "Freedom Sunday" this weekend in an effort to raise awareness of child trafficking.

Seven States Join Fight against Birth Control Mandate

Florida, Michigan, Ohio, Oklahoma, South Carolina, Texas, and Nebraska have joined the fight against the Obama administration's birth control mandate.

Jeremy Lin: 'My Faith Helps Me Sidestep the Hype'

New York Knicks' Jeremy Lin has had his ups and downs on the court since becoming an overnight sensation, but he says his faith keeps him grounded.

Review: 'Act of Valor' Shows Navy SEAL Action

The Navy SEALs have gotten nationwide recognition lately.  Now, the new film "Act of Valor" provides a roller coaster ride with actual Navy SEALs and live ammo.

Maryland on Fast Track to Legalize Gay Marriage

The Maryland Senate has approved a gay marriage bill, putting the state on track to become the eighth in the country to legalize same-sex marriage.

Franklin Graham: Obama Does More for Muslims

Tuesday on MSNBC's "Morning Joe," Rev. Franklin Graham was asked if he believes Obama is a Christian.

Black History Museum Rising on National Mall

The country's first black president helped break ground on a National Mall museum meant to give voice to the African-American experience.

Lesbian Wins Case Against Federal Marriage Law

A San Francisco judge ruled that it's unconstitutional for the government to refuse to extend health benefits to the partners of homosexual federal employees.

Va. House Drops 'Invasive' Ultrasound Mandate

Republican legislators in Virginia's House of Delegates have dropped a proposal requiring a woman to have a vaginal ultrasound before an abortion.

Judge: Wash. Can't Make Pharmacies Sell 'Plan B'

Washington state cannot force pharmacies to sell Plan B or other emergency contraceptives, a federal judge ruled Wednesday.

Seven Marines Die in Copter Collision while Training

Seven Marines were killed in a collision of two helicopters near Yuma, Ariz., during night training exercises, the Marine Corps said Thursday.

Buffalo Soldiers a Picture of America's 'Army Strong'

Buffalo soldiers. They're sometimes called America's "forgotten" military heroes. Their history may not be well known, but their legacy has left a lasting imprint.

Gay Marriage Bills Face Opposition in Several States

Supporters of traditional marriage are fighting back in several states where the legislatures have approved gay marriage.

Catholic School Sues over Contraception Mandate

Ave Maria University officials contend the Obama administration's policy is unconstitutional, despite an alternative proposal by the president.

Opponents Villainize Va. Ultrasound Bill as 'Gov't Rape'

The debate is especially heating up in Virginia, where opponents are trying to stop two pro-life measures, saying they violate women's bodies and their rights.

CBN Receives NRB's Milestone Award

The Christian Broadcasting Network received the National Religious Broadcaster's Milestone Award at the NRB convention in Nashville, Tenn., Tuesday.

Prop 8 Supporters Appeal Gay Marriage Ruling

Supporters of the voter-approved measure that ended same-sex marriage in California have filed an appeal against a recent ruling that would overturn the gay marriage ban.

Southern Baptist Convention Will Not Change Name

After some consideration, the Southern Baptist Convention, the country's largest Protestant denomination has decided not to change its name.

Evangelicals Sign Letter Opposing Birth Control Mandate

Thousands of pastors and evangelical leaders have joined Roman Catholics in opposing President Obama's contraception coverage mandate.

Ala. Justice: Unborn Should Be Given Legal Rights

An Alabama Supreme Court justice noted that many states and courts have recognized that the unborn have rights in wills, estates, and other areas of the law.

Basketball Star Lin's Pastor Warns of NBA Temptations

Lin's pastor, the Rev. Stephen Chen told the New York Post that Lin was worried that temptation would be a byproduct of "Linsanity."

NYC Churches Forced to Hold Service on Streets

They are still waiting for a judge's decision and hoping the New York state assembly will approve a bill that would give worshippers access to public schools.

'First Real Winter' Storm Buries Parts of South

A winter snow storm over the President's Day weekend left tens of thousands without power across the South, caused icy conditions on roadways resulting in numerous traffic accidents.

NYPD Draws Fire for Muslim Student Surveillance

New York City police are under criticism for surveilling websites run by Muslim student groups at 16 Northeast colleges.

Final Goodbye: Houston Laid to Rest in Newark

Following a star-studded "home-going" service, R&B legend Whitney Houston was laid to rest in a private ceremony in Newark, N.J., Sunday.

Music Great Mable John on Ray Charles' Saving Grace

Still singing and performing in her 80's, John tells CBN News about her colorful career and how she led Ray Charles to Jesus Christ.

Capitol Terror Suspect Thought Bomb Was Real

Authorities in Washington, D.C. arrested a 29-year-old Moroccan Friday near the U.S. Capitol as he was planning to detonate what he thought was a suicide vest.

Panel to Assess Church Financial Accountability

CBN News spoke with Michael Batts, chairman of Commission on Accountability and Policy for Religious Organizations, about the group's goals.

Homeschoolers Invoke 'Tebow' to Play Public Sports

Homeschooled athletes are invoking the Denver Bronco's quarterback Tim Tebow's name in a new battle being drawn over their right to play sports at public school.

Caesar: Despite Her Demons, Whitney Wanted Jesus

Many saw Whitney Houston as a pop star conquered by substance abuse. But gospel legend Shirley Caesar saw a woman who loved and desired God.

Faith Advocates Call Marylanders to Defend Marriage

If Maryland's House approves the gay marriage bill, it will head to the Senate where it's expected to pass easily. But opponents say it will be a fight to the finish.

NASCAR Team "Races for Israel" at Daytona

One North Carolina racing team plans to race in NASCAR's Daytona 500 with a special mission -- to show support for the nation of Israel.

RI School Board Votes to End Prayer Banner Battle

A prayer banner that has hung in a Rhode Island high school auditorium since 1963 is coming down.

NJ Assembly OK's Gay Marriage; Veto Expected

Republican Assemblyman Jay Webber panned the measure as an attack on traditional marriage. The governor has already vowed to veto the bill.

Couples 'Like' Adopting Babies on Facebook

Besides sharing photos, videos and status updates, there's one more thing to add.  Some couples are actually adopting babies through Facebook.

Interracial Marriage on the Rise in US

A new study says interracial unions and the mixed-race children they produce are changing typical notions of race.

Hall of Fame Catcher Gary Carter Dies at 57

Major League Baseball hall of fame catcher Gary Carter lost his battle with brain cancer and died Thursday.

Lin Credits God as Knicks Continue Winning Streak

New York Knicks point guard Jeremy Lin is continuing his amazing run, leading the Knicks to a seven-game winning streak.

NYC Church Evictions Temporarily Lifted

A federal judge granted New York City churches a temporary restraining order Thursday, allowing congregations to worship in public school buildings for at least 10 more days.

Four TCU Football Players Arrested in Drug Sting

Four TCU football players are among 17 students who were arrested Wednesday in a six-month long campus-wide drug sting.

Gov't Proposes New Rules on Car Dashboard Displays

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration is pushing to do away with the displays, believing them to be potentially distracting to drivers.

Okla. Senate Approves 'Personhood' for Embryos

The Oklahoma state Senate has approved a pro-life "personhood" measure, declaring that life begins at conception.

Program Donates Computers to Help Nab Predators

The traditional tools of policing, a car and a weapon, are no longer adequate for the new crimes that have come with new technology.

TBN Spokesman: Claims of Misused Funds 'A Lie'

A spokesperson for the Trinity Broadcasting Network says claims that ministry directors illegally used charitable assets for their own use is "a bold faced lie."

NYC Mayor Defends Schools' Ban on Church Services

New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg is defending his city's ban on worship services in public schools, saying the U.S. Constitution calls for it.

Bishop: Birth Control Compromise Just a 'Hill of Beans'

The top Catholic bishop in the U.S. is promising to fight the White House's decision on birth control coverage through legislative means and court challenges.

Private Funeral for Houston Saturday in NJ

Whitney Houston's funeral will be held Saturday in the church where she first showcased her singing talents as a child.

Study Finds Significant Voting Errors

One in every eight voting registrations contain significant errors, according to a new report from the Pew Center on the States.

Americans Salute Troops with 'Valentine for Vets'

The next generation is showing its big heart this Valentine's Day by working to make sure America's veterans know they are loved and appreciated.

Caesar: 'Whitney Sought Deliverance Through Faith'

Gospel singer Shirley Caesar told CBN News that her goddaughter Whitney Houston was trying to overcome her troubles with her faith.

Basketball's Tebow? Jeremy Lin a Rising NBA Phenom

Before the "Linsanity," Jeremy Lin was an undrafted player out of Harvard, struggling for a chance to get into the NBA.  He says his faith got him through that.

Houston's Final Performance Was 'Jesus Loves Me'

Celebrities and fans continue to offer condolences and prayers for the family of Whitney Houston, as officials continue to investigate the cause of her death.

Deadline Passes for NYC School Churches

Several representatives of New York City churches were headed to the state capitol in Albany Monday with a message for the state assembly.

TBN Directors Accused of Illegally Using 'Charitable Assets'

The granddaughter of Trinity Broadcasting Network founders Paul and Jan Crouch claims directors for the company illegally used more than $50 million of "charitable assets."

More Christians Seeking Love Connection Online

Valentine's Day is quickly approaching and many are still searching for that special someone -- online.

Pastor Who Died in Pulpit Was 'Thoroughly Good'

Bishop Barnett K. Thoroughgood was described by those who knew him well as the "go to" person whenever that extra wisdom and direction was needed.

Movie Reviews: Journey 2, Star Wars 3D, The Vow

There several new movies at the box office this weekend. But are they family friendly?

Obama's Birth Control Shift Doesn't Silence Critics

President Obama made efforts to calm a firestorm Friday, announcing that his administration will reverse a birth control coverage requirement for religious employers.

Christian Counselor is Self-Taught 'Top Shot'

Dustin Ellermann, a self-taught marksman, won the title of Top Shot after beating several military and law enforcement-trained shooters.

Victoria's Secret Model Quits to 'Honor the Lord'

Kylie Bisutti decided to leave one of America's most well-known lingerie companies because showing off her body left her feeling convicted.

Navy Ship Named after Gabrielle Giffords

The courageous recovery of Gabrielle Giffords has landed her a brand new boat -- a very large one.

Dozens Rally in Support of Mt. Soledad Cross

About 75 people rallied in support of the memorial cross at California's Mount Soledad, hoping the U.S. Supreme Court would intervene to save the landmark.

ACLU Sues for NM Ten Commandments Removal

The American Civil Liberties Union of New Mexico is suing on behalf of two local residents over a Ten Commandments monument displayed at the Bloomfield City Hall.

Public Eviction Deadline Looms for NYC Churches

The New York state House has yet to decide on a bill that would reverse the New York City school district's ban on using public schools for worship.

Proposed Va. Law Could Impact Gay Adoptions

Virginia is poised to become the second state to protect private adoption agencies from having to place children with gay couples.

Why Even the Tiny Details Matter to God

Each day, we see extraordinary people and events in the media, leaving some of us feeling our "ordinary" lives and what we do is not important.

Pastor's Death in the Pulpit Punctuated Final Message

Family and friends were shocked when Bishop Barnett K. Thoroughgood finished his sermon, took his seat, and died. Today, they remember a life devoted to God.

Washington One Week from Legalizing Gay Marriage

The state House passed the bill Wednesday, after the Senate approved it last week. Washington's Democratic governor is expected to sign the bill into law next week.

RI Judge: Prayer Banner Must Remain Concealed

A federal judge in Rhode Island ruled that a prayer banner can remain in a public high school for the time being but must be concealed

New Policy Moves Female Soldiers Closer to Combat

New rules are reportedly being implemented that will allow women to serve at the battalion level. Up until now, that's been considered too close to combat.

TSA Expands New Airport Screening Program

The Transportation Safety Administration is expanding a new program to make airport security check-in faster at 28 of the nation's major airports.

Lawmakers Want 'God' Back in Air Force Logo

A group of lawmakers are fighting the U.S. Air Force's decision to remove a reference to God from one of their logos.

Lutheran Leader: Contraceptives Kill Unborn Children

It's not just Catholics who are worried about the Obama administration's mandate from the health care law on contraception.

Virginia Pastor Dies in the Pulpit after Sermon

Bishop Barnett K. Thoroughgood had just finished his Sunday sermon called "I Am Here to do Battle" when he sat down in his seat on stage, and collapsed.

Supreme Court Inevitable after Prop 8 Upset?

A federal appeals court has ruled that California's Prop 8, a voter-approved definition of marriage as between a man and a woman, is unconstitutional.

Entire LA School Staff Removed During Abuse Probe

The entire staff at a Los Angeles elementary school is being removed while officials investigate sexual abuse allegations.

Komen Exec Resigns over P. Parenthood Dispute

A senior executive with the Susan G. Komen Foundation has stepped down after last week's dispute over whether the charity should continue funding Planned Parenthood.

Tebow: I Think About a Future in Politics

Denver Broncos Quarterback Tim Tebow said he may run for political office someday.

Oklahoma Lawmakers Affirm Need for Prayer

About 75 Oklahoma state senators and representatives met Monday in a prayer ceremony at the state Capitol.

Rescued Aid Worker Thankful for Outpour of Support

U.S. aid worker Jessica Buchanan was kidnapped by Somali pirates last October while she was working with a demining unit.

Vanderbilt Listens to Students Complaints over Policy

Critics of Vanderbilt University's controversial new non-discrimination policy got a chance to voice their concerns to administrators recently at a town hall meeting.

NY Senate Supports Churches' Use of Schools

If this latest bill is not passed in the state House and signed by the governor, the city will evict churches from schools in less than a week.

Family Devastated after Father's Murder-Suicide

Josh Powell was a person of interest in the 2009 disappearance of his wife. Sunday night's murder-suicide came two days after he was denied custody of his sons.

Obscene Gesture Continues Super Bowl Slip Ups

The NFL and television network NBC are pointing the finger at each other over an obscene gesture made during Sunday night's Super Bowl half time show.

Winning Super Bowl Ad Features Regent Professor

One of this year's winning Doritos ads featured the acting skills of Derek Leonidoff, an adjunct professor at Regent University, and a Great Dane named Huff.

Reagan Symposium: What Made 'The Gipper' Great

This year's Ronald Reagan Symposium at Regent University examined Ronald Reagan's leadership traits, something they say can help voters at the polls.

Giants: Super Bowl Win a Blessing Beyond Measure

Eli Manning and the Giants one-upped Tom Brady and the Patriots again, coming back with a last-minute score to beat New England 21-17.

Politics? Komen Backtracks on P. Parenthood Funds

In a statement Friday, the Susan G. Komen Foundation assured the charity "will continue to fund existing grants, including those of Planned Parenthood."

Is 'Big Miracle' Movie Really Family Friendly?

Three new major motion pictures will be arriving at your local theaters this weekend.

Advice on Church Super Bowl Parties

A Texas law firm has some legal advice for churches holding parties at their buildings to watch the big game.

Dungy Uses Super Bowl for Adoption Awareness

Former Indianapolis Colts head coach Tony Dungy is offering an alternative to Madonna's halftime show during the Super Bowl this year.

Super Bowl Faith: Players Put God First

This Sunday, Feb. 5., the Giants and Patriots will meet again in Super Bowl XLVI at Lucas Oil Stadium in Indianapolis, Ind.

Colorado Snowstorm Brings Winter Weather Back

Much of the nation has seen a warmer than usual winter this season, but a powerful snow storm sweeping across Colorado is expected to bring colder weather.

House Takes Up Bill Banning Insider Trading

The U.S. House of Representatives is taking up a bill that would ban insider stock trading by lawmakers and thousands of executive branch officials.

Gospel Singer George Beverly Shea Turns 103

America's beloved gospel singer George Beverly Shea turned 103 Wednesday.

Va. Senate Clears Ultrasound before Abortion Bill

The Virginia state Senate passed a bill Wednesday requiring doctors to provide an ultrasound to any woman seeking an abortion

Indiana Now 23rd Right-to-Work State

Indiana has become the nation's latest "right-to-work" state, as the state Senate passed the measure, 28-22.

Panel OK's Gay Adoption 'Conscience Clause'

A state bill in Virginia gives faith-based adoption agencies the right to deny placement of a child if doing so would violate the group's religious beliefs.

Washington Steps Closer to Legalizing Gay Marriage

The Washington state Senate passed legislation Wednesday to legalize gay marriage.

American Victims of Palestinian Terror Seek Justice

Over the years, Palestinian terrorists have slaughtered countless Israelis -- and injured dozens of Americans in the process. Now U.S. victims are seeking justice.

Reality Check: Activists Say Most Women Pro-Life

Female leaders in the pro-life movement insist a majority of American women are pro-life and it is they who lead the fight against abortion. 

Komen Charity Stops Grants to Planned Parenthood

The Susan G. Komen Foundation, the nation's leading breast cancer charity, is severing financial partnerships with some Planned Parenthood affiliates.

Ameritopia: The Unmaking of America's Freedoms

In Mark Levin's new book Ameritopia, the best-selling author examines what he views as a post-constitutional America caught between two warring world views.

Forest Service: Jesus Statue Stays on Mountain

The National Forest Service has decided to allow a statue of Jesus Christ to stay in place on Big Mountain at the Whitefish Mountain Resort in Montana.