May 2013 Headlines

On Fire for God: Public School Bible Clubs Spread

New Bethlehem, Pa., is a quiet little town. Hardly the kind of place you'd expect to hold the largest Bible club, much less one that's influencing the world.

Back from Death's Door: 'Hoovey' a Must See Movie

Eric "Hoovey" Elliott was a young boy with a very promising basketball career until a potentially fatal illness threatened to take it all.

Illinois House Fails to Vote on Gay Marriage Bill

Illinois conservatives defeated a campaign by gay activists to push through a same-sex marriage bill last week.

Top Government Entitlement Programs in Trouble

Trustees of two of the largest government entitlement programs released their annual financial status report Friday.

Trickling Exodus Underway after Boy Scout Vote

Churches are starting to opt out of the Boy Scouts, and plans for an alternative group are unfolding. What's not clear is how many faith-based troops will leave.

Fmr Microsoft Exec Seeks to Create Brand Name Pot

Marijuana is already legal in the state of Washington. Now a former Microsoft executive wants take it a step further and create the first national brand.

Ariz. Mom Free after Drug Charges Dropped

An Arizona woman jailed in Mexico for drug smuggling was released Friday after a Mexican judge dismissed the case against the Mormon mother of seven.

Frmr. Bush Official, James Comey, To Be Next FBI Director

President Obama is expected to nominate James Comey, a former Bush administration official, as the next FBI director.

A Word Worth $30,000 for One Diligent Speller

Arvind Mahankali, a 13-year-old New York student, has won this year's 86th Scripps National Spelling Bee.

Millennials a Generation of Narcissists?

A recent article in Time Magazine takes a sharp poke at Millennials, calling them the "me, me, me" generation.

IRS, Obamacare 'Unprecedented' Threat to Liberty

The president of the National Hispanic Christian Leadership Conference says IRS audits of Christian and conservative groups and Obamacare's birth control mandate represent unprecedented threats to religious liberty in America.

Charity Provides Strategic Connection for Storm Victims

Hurricane victims in Breezy Point, N.Y., are sending aid to the people of Moore, Okla., through CBN's Operation Blessing.

Letters to NYC Mayor Test Positive for Ricin

Federal authorities are investigating two threatening letters sent to New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg that tested positive for the deadly poison ricin.

Oklahoma, Missouri Brace for More Violent Twisters

Severe weather continues across the Plains and the Midwest, with the threat of  storms from Texas to North Dakota. The atmosphere is primed for violent tornadoes.

Christian Singer Carman Suffers Relapse

Evangelist and Christian singer Carman Licciardello notified fans on Facebook Thursday he's suffered a setback in his battle against cancer.

Chicago Pastors Oppose New Casino Proposals

Chicago pastors like Rev. Stephen Thurston of New Covenant Missionary Baptist Church are fighting an attempt to expand gambling in Illinois.

Chinese Hackers Compromise US Security Systems

The cyber war between the United States and China is intensifying. Chinese hackers have accessed designs for some of the nation's most advanced weapons.

New Hope for Freedom to Worship Bill in NY

Religious leaders in New York City scored a political victory in their ongoing fight to hold worship services inside public school buildings.

Extreme Weather Still Plaguing Parts of US

An extreme weather outbreak continues to sweep across America, with another batch of severe storms on tap Wednesday.

School District Appeals Bible Banner Ruling

The fight over Bible banners at high school football games in southeast Texas will continue.

A Greater Purpose: Healing the Wounds of a Veteran

July 17, 2004. Life couldn't have been better for Ryan and Haley Dennison. Their marriage culminated a courtship that began their second year at West Point.

High Court Won't Hear P. Parenthood Defunding Case

The U.S. Supreme Court is refusing to hear a case that could have helped de-fund Planned Parenthood in Indiana.

Obama Tours Jersey Shore after Sandy Facelift

President Obama toured the Jersey Shore on Tuesday to get a firsthand look at the progress made since super storm Sandy hit last October.

Red Cross Scrutinized for Holding Sandy Relief Funds

The Red Cross is holding back more than a third of the money raised to help victims of super storm Sandy.

Security Concerns for Statue of Liberty Reopening

New York officials and the National Park Service are at odds over a security plan to protect visitors at the Statue of Liberty when it reopens July Fourth.

Affordable Care Act Becomes a Source of Heartburn

Obamacare is supposed to create jobs and provide health insurance for all. Instead for many Americans is has already become a source of heartburn.

Graduates Urged to Stand Up for Their Faith

Graduation day has become one of the main targets on religious liberties.

Student Led Graduation Prayer Despite Opposition

Graduating seniors at Lincoln County High School in Kentucky school took part in a student-led prayer, despite objections.

Memorial Day Weekend a Wild Weather Rollercoaster

Memorial Day was a weather rollercoaster. For some, it was a picture perfect weekend, while others saw their holiday plans drowned in heavy rains.

Kentucky Church No Longer Sponsoring Scouts

A Kentucky mega-church is ending its relationship with the Boy Scouts of America after the new policy allowing gay scouts.

Obama Admonishes 'Don't Forget Troops' Sacrifice'

Memorial Day joined Americans across the nation Monday as they honored U.S. service men and women.

Obama: America Stands with Moore, Okla.

On Sunday, President Obama visited Moore, Okla., where one week ago today the deadly EF-5 tornado tore through the town.

Fort Hood Shooter Still Getting Army Paycheck

The man charged in the terror attack on Fort Hood, Texas, is still receiving a paycheck from the U.S. military.

Illinois Black Caucus: No Gay Marriage Bill

The President's home state of Illinois could redefine marriage next week. LGBT activists are pushing a gay marriage bill but not without a challenge.

President Obama Honors Fallen Heroes

President Barack Obama says America needs to do more to help those left behind by fallen heroes.

Flooding, Snow Plague Midwest, Northeast States

For millions in the Midwest Monday the focus is not so much celebrating Memorial Day but coping with severe weather, from Iowa all the way down to Texas.

Moore Tornado Victims Recall Storm, Find Hope

The tornado that hit Moore, Okla., one week ago today cut a 17-mile-wide trail of destruction.

Oversize Truck Blamed for Wash. Bridge Collapse

An evening commute turns into a nightmare Thursday for drivers along a major West Coast highway that crosses a bridge in Washington state.

'Resilient' Oklahomans Picking Up the Pieces

President Obama heads to Moore, Okla., this weekend to honor the victims of Monday's deadly tornado.

Faith Leaders Mull Implications of Boy Scout Vote

The Boy Scouts threw open its ranks to gay Scouts but not gay Scout leaders -- a fiercely contested compromise that some warned could fracture the organization.

Eyes in the Sky: Drones Coming to a City Near You

Drones may soon become common sights in the sky. They have the ability to open doors for new ways of doing business. But they also raise privacy concerns.

Former Abortion Doctor Testifies for Life

A former abortion doctor is now speaking out against abortion as Congress considers a federal law to ban abortions after 20 weeks.

Hobby Lobby Back in Court Fighting Obamacare

The Oklahoma City-based arts-and-crafts chain asked a federal appeals court Thursday for an exemption from part of Obamacare.

Lawmakers Move to Reduce Military Sex Assaults

A House panel has passed legislation that would strip commanding officers of their power to change or dismiss court-martial convictions in rape and assault cases.

Hard Road Ahead: Tornado Damage in the Billions

The first funeral in the aftermath of the massive tornado that struck Moore, Okla., took place Thursday. Nine-year-old Antonia Candelaria was laid to rest.

'Courage' Mini-Series Explores Revolutionary War

A four-hour mini-series depicting life before and during America's Revolutionary War is set to air on the INSP network on Memorial Day.

Man with Ties to Boston Bomber Killed in Shootout

A man with ties to one of the suspects in the Boston Marathon bombing case was killed in a shootout with the FBI.

'Oklahoma Spirit' Keeps Tornado Survivors Strong

As thousands of residents face the reality of starting over, many say "Oklahoma spirit" is what keeps them strong.

American Idol Finalist Devin Velez on God, Idol and Singing

Devin shares his heart for God, his passion for music, what he’s most looking forward to on the American Idol tour.

Federal Court Strikes Down Arizona Abortion Ban

A federal court struck down Arizona's ban on abortions after 20 weeks of pregnancy, Tuesday.

Vermont Legalizes Physician Assisted Suicide

Vermont is now the fourth state to legalize physician assisted suicide. Gov. Peter Shumlin. signed it into law Monday.

Computers of CBS Reporter Attkisson Infiltrated

A CBS News investigative reporter who has persistently pursued White House scandals like the Benghazi attack says her computers have been infiltrated.

'Least of These': Storm Aid Reaches Elderly, Disabled

CBN's Operation Blessing is one of the first responders with much needed disaster relief for those directly affected by Oklahoma's most deadly tornado.

Forecasters Say 2013 Tornado Season Fairly Quiet

Despite the deadly tornadoes plaguing Moore, Okla., and other cities in the Midwest and Plains, forecasters say so far the 2013 tornado season has been fairly quiet.


Moore Resident: 'We Are Going to Survive This'

While it will take time for residents of the tornado-battered town of Moore, Okla., to heas, there are already signs of recovery.

Miles of Destruction: Okla. Governor Calls for Prayer

Residents in the tornado-battered town of Moore spent the day trying to recover and clean up as the state's governor asked America to pray for Oklahoma.

Billy Graham Assoc. Assists Tornado Victims

Christian organizations are delivering assistance to the tornado victims in Moore, Okla.

Okla. Families Share Stories of Survival amid Chaos

In the wake of Oklahoma's deadly tornado, the stories of two families' survival is emerging from the tragedy.


Charity Does 'Heart' Work in Twisters' Aftermath

CBN's Operation Blessing is offering Oklahoma's tornado survivors prayer and encouragement amidst what one worker called "a scene from the end of time." 

Thousands of Vets Seek Sex Abuse Treatment

More than 85,000 veterans sought treatment for injuries or illness linked to sexual abuse in 2012, according to a new Associated Press study.

Oklahoma City Tornado Kills Dozens

The two-mile-wide tornado that destroyed the Oklahoma suburb of Moore on Monday, killed at least 51 people, including 20 children, and injured an estimated 230 others.

Texas Abortionist Accused of Killing Live Fetuses

Houston abortionist Douglas Karpen is being accused of performing illegal late-term abortions similar to the ones that Dr. Kermit Gosnell was convicted of last week.

Pa. Mother Rescues Toddler from Train Tracks

A mother in a Philadelphia train station jumped onto the tracks to save her 14-month-old daughter.

Operation Blessing Helps Tornado Survivors Rebuild

CBN's Operation Blessing International is coordinating relief efforts for tornado victims in Granbury, Texas.

Scouts, Parents Protest Lifting of Gay Ban

Backers of the Boy Scout's current ban on gay scouts held more than 40 rallies across the country to show their support.

Gallup Poll: Scandals Need More Investigation

A new Gallup Poll shows large majorities believe Benghazi and IRS targeting incidents warrant more investigation, but many are paying little attention.

Search Underway after Deadly Texas Twisters

Entire neighborhoods are still cordoned off in North Texas Friday as rescue teams search for survivors in wake of 16 deadly tornadoes.

James Dobson Ministry Accuses IRS of Discrimination

A Colorado-based Christian ministry says it has been the subject of biased treatment from the Internal Revenue Service.

Film Review: Enterprise 'Treks into Darkness'

Die-hard Trekkies are anticipating the latest installment of the Stark Trek movie series, "Star Trek Into Darkness."

Tsarnaev: Bombings Retaliation for Muslim Deaths

The younger Boston bombing suspect left behind a note, saying the attack was in retaliation for Muslims killed by U.S. forces in Iraq and Afghanistan.

US Court Denies German Home-Schoolers Asylum

The Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals upheld the Obama administration's refusal to grant asylum to the Romeike family.

Idaho Man Arrested on Charges of Terrorism

An Uzbekistan national, Fazliddin Kurbanov, is facing terrorism charges Friday in Idaho. Federal agents arrested Kurbanov Thursday in Boise.

Jolie to Have Ovaries Removed after Mastectomy

Earlier this week, actress Angelina Jolie announced she underwent a double mastectomy.

Ga. Gov. Orders Bibles Returned to State Lodges, Cabins

Bibles are being reinstated in Georgia state park lodges and cabins after being removed in response to an atheist guest's complaint.

Officials Fear Texas Tornado Death Toll May Rise

Multiple tornadoes, flash floods and huge hail hit North Texas hard on Wednesday. At least six people dead and more are missing. 

Kermit Gosnell Gets Three Life Sentences

A judge sentenced abortion doctor  Kermit Gosnell to a third life sentence Wednesday.

Black Pro-Lifers: Gosnell Worst Kind of Racist

Black pro-life leaders are calling for investigations of other abortion clinics like the one run by Philadelphia abortionist Kermit Gosnell.

Late-Term Abortionist Gosnell Dodges Death Penalty

Kermit Gosnell, the late-term abortionist found guilty of first-degree murder in the deaths of three infants born alive, has been spared the death penalty.

Vermont Decriminalizes Pot Possession

Vermont lawmakers passed a bill Monday decriminalizing possession of up to an ounce of pot.

Students Speak Out Against the 'Hookup Culture'

Activities like Yale's "Sex Week" have become the norm on college campuses. But students are growing tired of the "hookup culture" and taking a stand for sexual purity.

Abortionist Kermit Gosnell Spared Death Penalty

Late-term abortionist Kermit Gosnell has been found guilty of first-degree murder in the deaths of three infants born alive, but he was spared the death penalty.

Hospitals Face Extensive Losses with Obamacare

Obamacare could cost hospitals billions of dollars nationwide over the coming years, according to a rough estimate released by federal health officials.

New Orleans Police ID Parade Shooting Suspect

New Orleans police have identified Akein Scott as the alleged gunman in Sunday's Mother's Day parade shooting in the Big Easy. 

Minn. Governor to Sign Gay Marriage Bill Tuesday

Minnesota is set to become the 12th state to legalize gay marriage. The state Senate approved the legislation 37-30 after four hours of debate.

Abortionist Gosnell 'Guilty' in Deaths of Three Babies

A Philadelphia jury found Pennsylvania late-term abortion doctor Kermit Gosnell guilty of first-degree murder in the deaths three infants born alive.

Bill Would Let Immigrants to Vote in NYC Elections

New York City lawmakers are considering allowing non-citizens to vote in local elections.

Police Search for Suspects in New Orleans Shooting

Two children are among 19 people wounded after gunmen opened fire at a Mother's Day parade in New Orleans.

Minn. 'Ice Wave' Plows into Lakeside Homes

Lakeside homes in northern Minnesota were damaged over the weekend by what's being called an "ice wave."

3D Printing Becomes Potentially Lethal

Texas law student Cody Wilson, 25, has been working on the prototype for over a year. Now his group, Defense Distributed, claims they've succeeded.

Ohio Prosecutors: Castro Could Face Death Penalty

The man who kidnapped three Ohio women could face hundreds of charges, including murder for the pregnancies he allegedly terminated with his own hands.

Colorado Christians Answering the Prayers of Orphans

Each year thousands of children enter America's foster care system and state workers are often overwhelmed, but a growing number of Christians are getting involved.

Minn. Set to Be 12th State to OK Gay Marriage

Minnesota is positioned to become the 12th state to legalize same-sex marriage.

Crooks Make Off With $45M in Global Cyber Heist

A gang of criminals made off with $45 million by hacking ATM machines around the globe in what authorities are calling one of the biggest cyber heists in history.

Has the Western World Lost God?

Has the Western world lost God? Author Mary Eberstadt thinks so and she takes a fresh approach to the question in her book, How the West Really Lost God.

Denver Lawmakers Pass Bill to Regulate Marijuana

Denver lawmakers passed legislation Wednesday to regulate the marijuana market after voters approved its legalization last year.

Boston's Top Cop Kept in Dark on FBI Bomber Probe

A House hearing Thursday on the Boston Marathon bombings revealed a breakdown in intelligence sharing between city and federal authorities.

Texas Cheerleaders Score Win for Religious Freedom

Cheerleaders from a southeast Texas high school can continue to display Bible verses on their banners at football games, a judge ruled.

ACLJ: 'Extremist' Worst Candidate to Advise Pentagon

The ACLJ says it just doesn't make sense for the Pentagon to look to an anti-Christian extremist to guide its policy on religious freedom.

Studies Show Significant Drop in Gun Violence

As gun control advocates continue to push for tougher restrictions, two new studies show gun violence is actually decreasing in the United States.

Boston Bomber Buried Outside of Massachusetts

The body of Boston Marathon bombing suspect Tamerlan Tsarnaev has been buried in an undisclosed location outside Massachusetts. 

Ariel Castro Charged in Ohio Women's Kidnapping

Ariel Castro, a former school bus driver, has been charged in kidnapping and rape of three Cleveland women - Michele Knight, Gina DeJesus, and Amanda Berry.

Families Celebrate Ohio Women's Homecoming

Celebrations continued in Cleveland, Ohio, Wednesday for the three women found after being missing for a decade.

NJ Gov. Christie Admits to Weight Loss Surgery

New Jersey Governor Chris Christie announced Tuesday he had gastric band surgery, but he says it was for his health and not for political reasons.

Air Force Officers Stripped of Power to Launch Nukes

A self-described 'crisis' in the ranks has hit a U.S. Air Force unit charged with the command and control of the nation's nuclear missiles.

Del. Governor Signs Gay Marriage Bill into Law

Delaware has become the 11th state to legalize gay marriage. Gov. Jack Markell signed a measure into law Tuesday shortly after the state Senate approved it Tuesday afternoon.

Dearborn Settles with Missionaries over Arrests

The cty of Dearborn, Mich., has agreed to pay a settlement to a Christian Missionary group whose members were arrested while evangelizing at an Arab Cultural Festival.

Boston Tragedy Leads to Beefed Up Race Security

The Boston Marathon bombings marks the first time in history that a U.S. marathon has been targeted directly, bringing race security into the spotlight.

Abortionists Accused of Targeting Minorities

Eleven U.S. senators are now asking the full Senate to consider national standards to regulate the abortion industry.

Tyndale Scores Win in Contraception Mandate Fight

A Bible publishing company has scored a victory in its fight against Obamacare's contraception mandate -- and it may owe the victory to the White House.

FBI Agents Disrupt Minnesota Terror Plot

Buford Rogers was arrested at his home in Minnesota after federal agents discovered pipe bombs, molotov cocktails and Romanian AKM assault rifles.

The Price of Security: Boston Renews Privacy Debate

The Boston Marathon bombings are sparking questions about privacy as America slips closer to a surveillance society.

Ohio Women Missing for Ten Years Found Alive

Three Cleveland, Ohio, women who went missing approximately 10 years ago have been found alive.

Ky. Passes Christian Health Care Ministry Law

The Kentucky General Assembly passed a law allowing a Christian-only healthcare plan to resume operations in the state.

Two People, One God and Hope for a Lost City

Statistics show that Camden, N.J., is more violent than the infamous Chicago. Still, some longtime residents say their struggling city holds wealth beyond measure.

Wife of Dead Boston Bomber Under Investigation

Investigators are taking a close look at the wife of the dead Boston Marathon bomber.

Ky. School Drops Prayer from Graduation Ceremony

A Kentucky school says prayer will not be a part of its graduation ceremony this year.

Tenn. Arena Packed for 'Mighty Men' Conference

Thousands of men packed an arena on the campus of Middle Tennessee State University Friday for an historic meeting.

Uncle Arranging Boston Bomb Suspect's Burial Rites

The uncle of a Boston Marathon bombing suspect killed in a gun battle with police arrived at a funeral home Sunday to prepare his body for burial.

Church Threatens to Defund Scouts if Gay Ban Lifted

A California church says it will no longer sponsor a Boy Scout troop in its facilities if the national organization lifts its ban on openly gay scouts.

Kentucky Derby Triggers Spike in Human Trafficking

Human trafficking is on the rise in Louisville, Ky., this week. The reason? The Kentucky Derby.

Crossroads: The Consequences of Redefining Marriage

The U.S. is at a crossroads as forces work to change the face of traditional marriage. But a new generation is emerging to defend America's families.

Fire Crews Battle Massive Southern Calif. Blaze

Fire crews in Southern California are desperately fighting to put out a massive wildfire that's out of control. Fanned by the Santa Anna winds, the blaze is less than 10 percent contained.

Death Penalty Abolished in Maryland

Maryland Gov. Martin O'Malley signed a bill Thursday repealing the death penalty and replacing it with life in prison without parole.

Gay Marriage Now Legal in Rhode Island

Rhode Island is now the 10th state to legalize gay marriage. Gov. Lincoln Chafee signed the bill on the steps of the State House Thursday.

Boston Marathon not Suspects' Original Target

Authorities say the surviving Boston Marathon suspect, Dzhokhar "Johar" Tsarnaev, told investigators that the original target was a Boston Fourth of July celebration.

Nation Sets Aside Differences to 'Pray for America'

From near and far, people packed the halls of the United States Capitol to "Pray for America," the motto for this year's annual observance.

Texts Land Boston Suspect's Friends in Hot Water

Three friends of Boston Marathon suspect Dzhokhar Tsarnaev are being charged in last month's bombing.

Pastor Laurie Opens Nat'l. Day of Prayer at Pentagon

California Pastor Greg Laurie opened the National Day of Prayer at the Pentagon Thursday, despite opposition from gay rights groups.

Pentagon: Proselytizing Punishable by Court-Martial

The Pentagon says soldiers can be prosecuted for sharing their faith.

Illinois Health Applicants Fall Short in Illinois

President Obama's health care plan has hit yet another snag -- this time, in his home state.

Shirley Dobson: God the Answer for Nation in Chaos

National Day of Prayer Task Force chair Shirley Dobson warned that with nation sliding into "moral chaos," America needs God more than ever.

Majority Don't Know PP Provides Abortions

A new poll by the National Right to Life Committee shows that more than half of all Americans don't know that Planned Parenthood does abortions.

NYC Elementary School Goes Vegetarian

New York City, the metropolis that brought us bans on sugary drinks, is now the home of the first public elementary school with an all vegetarian cafeteria.