September 2008 Headlines

The ANWR Debate: To Drill or Not to Drill

America is rich in oil. A potentially huge field in Alaska has been off limits for decades. But a majority of Americans say it's time to go for it.

Derivative Dangers Threaten Global Markets

Derivative trading lies behind the JPMorgan Chase debacle, where more than $2 billion were lost in risky trading bets. But few people understand why it is such a problem.

CBN Celebrates Jewish New Year

Monday night at sundown, the blowing of the shofar, or ram's horn, signaled the start of Rosh Hashanah, the Jewish new year.

White House, Lawmakers Plan New Bailout

WASHINGTON - Congress and the White House are starting over again today. They want to come up with a new rescue package that will get through Congress.

Gas Shortages Persist in Southeast

Gas shortages are continuing to cause long lines across the Southeast.

'Fireproof' Has Strong Box Office Open

The movie Fireproof had a strong opening weekend at the box office.

Another Bailout? Gov't to Help Automakers - Detroit's big three automakers will receive a low-interest $25 billion loan from the federal government.

U.S. Provides Radar, but Israel Can't Use It - NEVATIM AIR BASE, Israel - The U.S. has refused to allow Israel Defense Forces (IDF) soldiers to process information from a high-powered radar system, temporarily set up at an Israeli Air Force base in the Negev desert.

Schools Eye Four Day School Week

Higher gas prices are forcing many school districts to take a fresh approach to back-to-school this year. One option is the four-day-a-week model.

U.S. Abortion Rate at 30-Year Low

A new study reveals abortion rates fell 33 percent in the U.S. over the last 30 years. But the report also reveals there are still significant differences among populations as to who gets an abortion.

Texas Wind Could Blow Energy Crisis Away

The landscape in Texas is changing.

Women's Group to Gather for Prayer in D.C.

Aglow International, one of the largest organizations of Christian women, is holding a national prayer-time on Capitol Hill, Saturday.

Movie Highlights Legendary Rugby Coach - Another family friendly movie is in theaters today. It's called "Forever Strong."

Poll: Americans Optimistic About Iraq

A new nationwide survey reveals the American people are very optimistic about the direction of the war in Iraq. But at the same time, the study shows the public is losing interest with the nation's efforts to deal with many different and diverse problems facing the world today.

U.S.: No Support for Iran Strike - JERUSALEM, Israel - In an article in Thursday's paper, Britain's The Guardian quoted unnamed European diplomats who said that the U.S. refused to support an Israeli air strike on Iranian nuclear faciliies.

Gay, Bisexual TV Characters Double

A new study released on Monday shows there are 16 gay and bisexual regular characters in scripted prime-time series this fall.

NC Gas Shortages Leave People Panicked

While electoral politics dominate the national discussion, the most important issue to the people of Asheville, N.C., is when they can get the gas they need.

Galveston Residents Still Returning Home

Hurricane victims in Galveston are still being allowed to return to their homes.

Six VA Troopers Quit Over Prayer Rules

Six of the 17 chaplains for the Virginia State Police force have resigned because of new restrictions on prayer.

Deal Meltdown? Uncertainty on Rescue Plan

 An historic White House meeting with President Bush, both presidential candidates, and other congressional leaders ended with no clear resolution on an economic rescue plan to stave off a crisis in the nation's economy.

U.S. Report: Increasing Violence against Israeli Believers - JERUSALEM, Israel - Israeli anti-missionaries are angry over the U.S. State Department's Annual Report on International Religious Freedom, released Friday, which blames "certain Orthodox and ultra-Orthodox" groups for increased violence against Israel's Christian and Messianic Jewish populations.

Ike-Battered Galveston Allows Residents In

Thousands of Galveston residents made their way back to the island this morning to take stock and see for themselves what Hurricane Ike had done to their homes.

Alarms Sounded in Push for Bailout

WASHINGTON - The two top money men of the Bush administration return to Capitol Hill today, insisting Congress needs to pass their $700 billion rescue plan quickly to prevent even more serious financial problems.

Markets Have Some Turning to Religion

It appears that the tough times on Wall Street have caused some to turn to God, with religious leaders in the Big Apple's financial district reporting an upswing in church attendance from those in the business sector.

Congress, White House Haggle Over Bailout

WASHINGTON - Everyone on Capitol Hill seems to agree that they must act and act fast to rescue failing firms in a way that might steady the financial system.

Support for CA Marriage Amendment Wanes

Support for a California marriage amendment has waned over the past two months partly because of a change in the wording of the ballot initiative, a recent field poll suggests.

Number of Ike Victims Still Uncertain

Those who survived Hurricane Ike as it roared ashore along the Texas Gulf Coast will likely not soon forget the storm. Ike's fury claimed 26 deaths in Texas alone. 

Bride's Ike Story Points to God's Faithfulness

Thousands of Texans are trying to start over after Hurricane Ike. One couple even lost their wedding day to Ike. However, the bride says God's sovereign goodness prevailed over the storm.

US-Iranian Groups Set to Protest in NYC - NEW YORK CITY - Under the banner, "Ahmadinejad, why are you executing children," U.S.-based Iranian groups plan to protest the visit of the Iranian president to the United Nations General Assembly.

Paulson Urges Quick Action on $700B Bailout

WASHINGTON - It's a race against time for Congress this week as they look to pass a huge $700 billion government bailout to help relieve the credit crisis mess and bail out Wall Street.

Consent Laws Lowering Abortion Rates

States with laws that require minors to get parental consent before an abortion are making a positive impact on the abortion rate, the Family Research Council says.

Episcopals Oust Conservative Bishop

The Episcopal House of Bishops has voted to remove the leader of its Pittsburgh diocese.

Some Still Text Behind the Wheel

Americans are aware of the dangers of driving while using a cell phone.

Gov't Steps in with Economic Rescue Plan

WASHINGTON - President Bush defended the unprecedented federal intervention on Wall Street Friday to the tune of $3 trillion, saying the risks of no action "would be far higher."

Galveston Officials to Evacuees: Stay Away

It took only one hour for Galveston city officials to realize that Tuesday's decision to reopen the island was a huge mistake.

Baptist Volunteers Serve Ike's Victims - HOUSTON --The mouth-watering aroma of chopped chicken breast -- blended with peas and carrots to be served over rice -- drifted through the parking lot of the public sports park in League City southeast of Houston. Those Southern Baptists were cooking again.

Conservative Bishop to Be Removed?

 The Episcopal Church's top official says they will vote this week on whether to remove a conservative bishop from the ministry.

Are You Prepared for a Major Disaster?

Despite all the warnings, a lot of folks wait until the last minute to get ready for hurricanes.

Osteen's Church Helps with Ike's Stranded

Joel Osteen's Lakewood Church in Houston is mobilizing volunteers to help hurricane victims.

Terrorists Attack U.S. Embassy in Yemen

The State Department says this attack has "all the hallmarks of Al Qaeda," and it certainly looks that way. First, Yemen has long been an Al Qaeda hotbed--in fact, it's the ancestral home of Osama bin Laden. Second, like past Al-Qaeda attacks (9/11, Madrid, 7/7, Amman, etc.), this one was closely coordinated: a car bomb, followed by assaults with automatic weapons and rocket-propelled grenade launchers.  A group called Islamic Jihad in Yemen is claiming responsibility. It's unlcear thus far whether the group has any affiliation to al-Qaeda. But it seems pretty clear that Al-Qaeda had a hand in today's events in some capacity. Here's more, from CBN News:

Conditions Miserable for Ike Victims

Texas authorities have reported another fatality from Hurricane Ike, even as conditions for survivors remain miserable.

Stocks Fall Despite AIG Bailout

Wall Street took another nosedive Wednesday as investors' worries increased over economic turmoil, desipite the government's bailout of insurer American International Group Inc.

Pakistani Army Ready to Tangle With U.S. Over Border Crossings?

So says Maj. Gen. Athar Abbas, chief military spokesman for the new Pakistani government. His statement comes after a daring U.S. ground and air raid earlier this month to pursue Islamic militants in Pakistan's tribal areas, and after details emerged last week that President Bush has given the green light for U.S. Special Forces to cross the Afghan border  and pursue militants onto Pakistani soil. Here's more, from The Wall Street Journal:

Markets Rally after Key Rate Left Alone

The Federal Reserve kept a key interest rate unchanged Tuesday, saying that they would act if needed even while acknowledging the recent strains in the markets.

Who's Next on the Financial Chopping Block?

WASHINGTON - World markets plunged again today after the worst day on Wall Street since the 9/11 terrorist attacks.

Ike's Winds Reveal Mystery Ship

Hurricane Ike's winds played havoc with the Gulf Coast last weekend.  But the same winds have also uncovered a mystery.

Texas Town Struggles in Ike's Aftermath

JEFFERSON COUNTY, Texas - President Bush is in his home state to survey the damage left by Hurricane Ike.

After Ike, How Far Up Will Gas Prices Go?

This weekend, Hurricane Ike plowed through the Houston area -- a region that is the center of the nation's energy industry and accounts for about one-fifth of our petroleum refining capacity.

OB Comes to Aid of Ike First Responders

Operation Blessing President Bill Horan says they are doing what they can to help relief workers in Texas keep going. Many of them ran out of supplies Sunday when promised food and water didn't arrive from FEMA.

Houston Residents Survey Ike's Destruction

HOUSTON - Ike is the first hurricane to make a direct hit on a major American city since Katrina. And in this case, the bullseye centered on downtown.

Wall Street in Shock as Two Giants Fail

Wall Street took its worse dive since 9/11, as investors reacted to a stunning upheaval Monday:  two financial mega-giants failed and fell -- hard.

Operation Blessing Helping Ike Victims - Disaster relief organization Operation Blessing International is in Texas to deliver much-needed supplies to victims affected by Hurricane Ike.

Thousands Rescued in Ike Aftermath

Nearly 2,000 people have been rescued along the Texas coast as crews continued to search through debris and flooded streets for survivors after Ike.

Ike Search and Rescue Frustrating

Reports of injuries and deaths in the wake of Ike are slow coming in as rescue crews are still hampered by impassible conditions in some areas.

PA Utilities Travel to Help Ike Victims

PHILADELPHIA - Pennsylvania Utility Crews are trucking their way to Texas to help restore electricity and gas to the hundreds of thousands of homes in the Texas gulf still without their utilities Sunday.

Deadly Ike Weakens, Victims Face Aftermath - Grim statistics in the aftermath of Hurricane Ike, now downgraded to a tropical storm.

Oil Prices Drop Amid Hurricane Ike

Oil prices fell below $100 a barrel Friday for the first time in five months.

Hydrogen Cars: More than Just Saving Gas

One alternative to oil is so abundant, it's literally all around us. And itt's the most common element in the universe -- hydrogen.

A Different View on Global Warming

A new documentary from a Christian ministry presents an alternative view of climate change as presented by former Vice-President Al Gore's documentary, "An Inconvenient Truth."

Teen Challenge Awarded $1M in Lawsuit

A faith-based drug rehabilitation organization was awarded nearly $1 million after a jury found that their rights had been violated over a land dispute with a city government.

The History of Hurricanes in Galveston

Only two hurricanes have been known to make a direct hit on Galveston Island.

Osteen Opens Church Doors for Evacuees

The nation's largest church is helping Houston residents ride out Hurricane Ike.

Ike Brings Walls of Water to Gulf Coast

Walls of water have been pounding the gulf coastline all day, Friday.

Tulsa Congregation Loses Property Battle

After a two-year legal battle, the congregation that makes up The Kirk of the Hills Presbyterian Church in Tulsa, Okla., found out Tuesday that they had lost their fight for the ownership of their church property.

Ike Already Affecting U.S. Gas Prices

Hurricane Ike is raising concern for the oil rigs along the Texas Coast.

U.S. Official: Jerusalem Being Discussed - JERUSALEM, Israel - Israeli leaders are unhappy with U.S. Consul General Jacob Walles, who told the Palestinian daily al-Ayyam that Israeli and Palestinian negotiators are talking about the status of Jerusalem, something the government of Prime Minister Ehud Olmert has frequently denied.

U.S. Says 'No' to Iraqi Flyovers - JERUSALEM, Israel - The U.S. has turned down Israel's request for passage through Iraqi airspace should Israel opt for a preemptive strike on Iranian nuclear facilities.

Ike Still Churning off the Texas Coast

HOUSTON, Texas - The storm forecasters say is as big as the state of Texas is slamming the Lone Star state tonight. Just shy of Category three status, Hurricane Ike is churning off the coast of Galveston.

Teen Same-Sex Experimenting Now 'Cool'?

If you have teenagers at home, you may have heard about a popular song that's been getting a lot of attention the last couple of months.

Christians Cry Out for America on 9/11

Seven years after the nation's most devastating terrorist attack brought America to it's knees, hundreds of Americans fell to their knees again - in prayer.

American Credit Card Debt Climbing

The finances of American households are getting worse, because of the weakening economy.

Candidates Suspend Campaigns for 9/11

WASHINGTON - Today, America marks the seventh anniversary of the deadliest terrorist attacks in our history.

Promise Keepers President Returns

After five years away, former University of Colorado coach Bill McCartney will return to leading the national men's ministry Promise Keepers.

Religious Groups Divided Over Marriage Ban

California's religious community appear to be divided over the gay marriage issue.

Pentagon Focus Shifts to Afghanistan

Defense Secretary Robert Gates said the military can focus more attention on Afghanistan because of improved security in Iraq.

Bush Plans to Pull 8,000 Troops out of Iraq

President Bush on Tuesday ordered 8,000 more combat and support troops out of Iraq by February 2009.

First U.S., Israeli Hi-Tech Defense Forum - JERUSALEM, Israel - Israel and the U.S. will hold their first joint High Technology Forum on Tuesday, in Arlington, Virginia, just outside Washington, D.C.

Ike Lashes Cuba, New Orleans in Path

Hurricane Ike is roaring across Cuba before it heads into the Gulf of Mexico and ultimately, the U.S. Gulf Coast.

Duplantis: God Has Solution to the Economy

Concern about the economy is still a top campaign issue.

"Mega Mosques" Popping Up Around U.S.

I suppose the key question here is this: who is funding the construction of these mosques? Is it the Saudi government, which sets the agenda for many Muslim houses of worship in America (and not in a good way)? From AFP:

Cohousing: A New Way to 'Love Thy Neighbor'

BREMERTON, Wash. - Americans are known for their rugged individualism, so many would instantly reject the idea of communal living.

How to Find a Mate Without a Date -- ENUMCLAW, Wash. -- You go to college, you get a career going, then you find a mate.

Online Education Just a Click Away - VIRGINIA BEACH, Va. - Colleges these days are doing some of their best work with students off-campus -- in fact, in many cases, all the way on the other side of the planet.

The U.S. Election and the Middle East

How is the U.S. presidential election playing in the Middle East?

Bush Praises Faith Groups for Storm Service

President Bush is praising religious groups for a quick response to Hurricane Gustav.

Plaquemines Struggles to Shore Up Levees

NEW ORLEANS - When it came to Hurricane Gustav, much of the attention focused on the good news out of New Orleans and the fact that the levees held. But it's a different story southeast of New Orleans.

Operation Blessing Helps Coastal Residents

While the damage could have been much worse, thousands of Gulf Coast families have a lot of cleanup ahead.

Remarks by U.S. Sen. Joe Lieberman

The following is a segment of Sen. Joe Lieberman's remarks to the Republican National Convention as prepared for delivery Tuesday night.

Weakened Gustav Still Packs Punch

NEW ORLEANS - Hurricane Gustav howled, as the storm made landfall on the Louisiana coast. New Orleans did not take a direct hit from the Category-2 hurricane.

New Orleans Mayor: Don't Come Home Yet

Residents along the Gulf Coast are breathing a sigh of relief. Hurricane Gustav battered parts of Louisiana, but didn't deliver the brutal beating many feared.

Gustav No Katrina But Still a Threat

NEW ORLEANS - New Orleans and the Gulf Coast are bracing themselves for Hurricane Gustav today.