July 2013 Headlines

I Like Adoption: The Dennehy Story

"You give a person unconditional love and they blossom." That's what Sharon Dennehy said and she knows it's true from experience.

'In Christ Alone' Pulled from New Presbyterian Hymnal

The popular hymn "In Christ Alone" will be left out of the new hymnal of the Presbyterian Church U.S.A.

Ex Gays Show Pride, Seek Equal Protection under Law

A new twist in the battle over sexuality in our culture: a group of ex-gays is asking the Supreme Court for equal protection under the law.

Video Exposes Horror of Houston Abortion Clinic

Just as North Carolina follows Texas with some of the toughest abortion regulations, a new video accusing one abortionist of horrific practices has been released.

Court: No Warrant Needed for Cell Phone Records

A federal court ruled Tuesday that the government does not need a warrant to access Americans' cell phone records.

Manning Convicted of Espionage, Faces 136 Years

The U.S. Army private involved in the biggest leak of classified documents in U.S. history has been convicted of espionage.

Christians: San Antonio Pro-Gay Policy Discriminatory

A new nondiscrimination ordinance in San Antonio, Texas, could be used to discriminate against Christians.

Tebow Makes Big Media Splash in New England

It seems no matter where NFL quarterback Tim Tebow goes, his faith goes before him. Tebow will train this summer with his new team, The New England Patriots.

'Recycling' Human Capital, One Inmate at a Time

Each year more than 700,000 prisoners are released from the country's prisons. Many struggle to find work and return to crime. But one man wants to change that.

FBI: No Warrant Needed for Drone Surveillance

The FBI has told Sen. Rand Paul, R-Ky., that it does not need a warrant to use drones for surveillance on U.S. soil.

Pentagon Defends Sale of Pornographic Magazines

The Pentagon has rejected a request to stop selling pornographic magazines on military bases.

Post Sandy: New York's Avenue D Celebrates Recovery

Sounds of celebration rose from Manhattan's Lower East Side, and it all came from D Street, an area that saw its share of disaster when Hurricane Sandy hit. 

A Weakened Flossie Expected to Exit Hawaii Soon

Tropical depression Flossie is expected to exit Hawaii Tuesday, weaker than when it arrived.

Boy Buried for Three Hours a Miraculous Testimony

Earlier in July, 6-year-old Nathan Woessner was buried alive under a sand dune at Illinois's Indiana Dunes for more than three hours.

Series of Explosions Rock Fla. Propane Plant

A series of explosions at a propane plant in central Florida sent several people to the hospital Monday night. 

'Heaven is Real' Heads to the Big Screen

The New York Times best seller Heaven is Real is on its way to the big screen.

Street Pastor's Bible, Amplifier Confiscated

A St. Louis pastor said he's called to preach the good news not just in his church but also on the streets of his city.

Mennonite Corp. Loses Birth Control Mandate Appeal

A federal appeals court has ruled a Mennonite-owned corporation does not qualify for a religious exemption from Obama's birth control mandate.

FBI Rescues 105 Kids in US Sex Trafficking Op

When families break down, children often hit the streets and try to survive on their own, many turning to prostitution within days after running away.

Open Season on Christians after Pro-Gay Rulings

After the Supreme Court's pro-gay marriage rulings, Christians who stand up for traditional marriage are more likely than ever to be persecuted for it.

Rick Warren Returns to Pulpit after Son's Suicide

Megachurch Pastor Rick Warren returned to the pulpit this weekend nearly four months after his son's suicide.

Texas Town Residents Offered Free Gas

Residents of the town of West, Texas, the site of a massive fertilizer plant explosion last April, got some relief at the pump.

Heavy Rain Brings Major Flooding to North Carolina

Extreme weather over the weekend brought flooding to at least nine states.

Ind. Church Mourns Pastor, Wife Killed in Bus Crash

Indiana's Colonial Hills Baptist Church is mourning after a devastating bus crash over the weekend.

Obama Hosts Iftar Dinner for Muslims at White House

President Barack Obama praised the accomplishments of Muslims in America at his fifth annual Iftar dinner. The event was hosted at the White House Thursday.

Texas, NC Bans Herald Growing Pro-Life Sentiment

Along with pro-life Texas and North Carolina legislation, public attitudes appear to be shifting -- and  pro-life politicians are seizing the moment.

Feds Ask Web Companies to Fork over Passwords

The government wants major Internet companies to turn over users' passwords, according to C-NET News.

Ariel Castro Pleads Guilty in Ohio Kidnap Case

The Cleveland man who imprisoned three women in his home, subjecting them to a decade of rapes and beatings, pleaded guilty in a deal to avoid the death penalty.

X-Men's 'The Wolverine' Arrives in Theaters

Actor Hugh Jackman reprises his role as the mutant Logan, a.k.a. "Wolverine," in the latest installment of the X-Men series, "The Wolverine."

Mainstream Media Biased in Favor of Abortion?

Pro-abortion Texas Sen. Wendy Davis is heading to Washington for a big fundraiser to boost her political career following a stream of glowing media reports.

George H.W. Bush Goes Bald for 2-Year-Old Boy

Former President George H.W. Bush is sporting a new look: He shaved his head to encourage a little boy name Patrick.

Obama Delays F-16 Jets Delivery to Post-Morsi Egypt

President Obama has delayed the delivery of four F-16 fighter jets to Egypt.

Judge Stops All Lawsuits against Detroit Bankruptcy

Retired city employees have been suing the Motor City over proposed pension cuts that are part of its bankruptcy filing. But a federal judge froze all litigation.

Pa. County Issues Illegal Gay Marriage Licenses

A Philadelphia county defied a state ban on gay marriage Wednesday and issued licenses to five same-sex couples.

German Homeschoolers Head to US Supreme Court

Attorneys for Christian parents who fled Germany to home school their children freely in America are taking their case to the U.S. Supreme Court.

Facebook Explains Ban on Kirk Cameron's New Film

Facebook has lifted its ban on the trailer to Kirk Cameron's new film "Unstoppable" after the actor blew the whistle on the social media giant.

Judge Blocks Prayer from NC County Meetings

Commissioners in Rowan County, N.C., can't open their meetings with a prayer to Jesus Christ.

Gulf Coast Gas Well on Fire after Blowout

A natural gas well off the Louisiana coast is burning out of control, following a blowout.

Detroit, Retirees Square off over Bankruptcy Move

Detroit is defending its right to file for bankruptcy in federal court Wednesday. City lawyers want to block a series of lawsuits so the city can slash its crippling debts.

NYC Airport Reopens After Jet's Hard Landing

New York City's LaGuardia Airport fully reopened Tuesday, a day after the collapse of a plane's front landing gear sent it skidding along the tarmac and temporarily closed the airport.

'Black Boxes' in Cars? It May Become Mandatory

The majority of all new cars sold in America are equipped with black boxes, which stores critical information about the performance of the car.

Obama's Job Approval Numbers Drops Sharply

President Obama is suffering his lowest job approval numbers in nearly two years, according to the latest McClatchy-Marist poll.


Most Back Christian Photogs' Right to Refuse Gays

A majority of Americans believe a Christian photographer has the right to refuse to work at a gay wedding if it violates his or her religious beliefs.

Federal Judge Blocks North Dakota Abortion Ban

A federal judge has temporarily blocked a new North Dakota law that bans abortion when a fetal heartbeat is detected.

Dr. Carson Urges 'Toning Down' of Race Rhetoric

Famed neurosurgeon Dr. Benjamin Carson weighed in on the debate about race in America.

Amusement Park Safety Questioned after Death

Two separate accidents at two separate amusement parks have people questioning the safety of the rides.

Miracle: Woman Talks about Surviving Watery Crash

A Maryland woman is speaking out about her miraculous survival after an 18 wheeler smashed into a her car and plunged it into the Chesapeake Bay.

Detroit Officials Defend Bankruptcy Decision

Detroit officials say Motor City needs a second chance to restructure and get past a financial crisis 60 years in the making.

Monsoon Triggers Major Flooding in Arizona

Monsoon rains brought treacherous flooding to parts of Arizona Sunday.

W.H. Journalist Helen Thomas Dead at 92

Pioneering former White House correspondent Helen Thomas has died, leaving controversial legacy.

Crowds Rally Against Zimmerman Verdict

Protesters rallied in dozens of U.S. cities Saturday, telling authorities to change self-defense laws and press civil rights charges againt George Zimmerman.

'So Hot!' Humidity Makes for Killer Heat Wave

The deadly heat wave is expected to finally break in the next few days. But for now, it's still baking much of the United States.

Obama: 'Trayvon Martin Could Have Been Me'

After a jury found Zimmerman not guilty in the shooting death of teenager Trayvon Martin, President Obama said he wanted to provide some context to the controversy that's followed.

Victory for Hobby Lobby in Obamacare Mandate

Craft store giant Hobby Lobby has won another victory against Obamacare's birth control mandate.


Detroit Becomes Largest US City to File Bankruptcy

Detroit is now the largest American city to file for bankruptcy. The Motor City is $18 billion in debt.

NY Comptroller Wants Feds to Recognize Gay Unions

New York's comptroller wants federal agencies and programs across the country to recognize gay marriages performed in the Empire State.

Boy Scout Camping Adventure Makes History

The Boy Scouts made history this week at a brand new 10,000-acre high-adventure camp in the Appalachian mountains.


'The Bible' Miniseries Nominated for Three Emmys

"The Bible" miniseries has been nominated for three Emmy Awards: best miniseries, best sound mixing, and best sound editing.

Coroners: 'Glee' Star Died from Drug Cocktail

Actor Corey Monteith, star of the hit TV show "Glee," died of a toxic combination of heroin and alcohol, a report from the British Columbia coroner confirmed.


Heat Wave: Northeast, Midwest Face another Scorcher

Excessive heat is causing high customer demand for electricity in the East, and hospital emergency rooms are seeing an increase in heat-related illnesses.

ACLU: Government Tracking Millions of Vehicles

Today, average Americans cannot escape government surveillance of their car.

Judge Blocks 'Religious' Southern Calif. Monument

A federal judge has blocked a city in Southern California from putting up a memorial for veterans because it includes a cross.

So. California Wildfire Forces Thousands to Flee

The heat wave is making it tough to fight a wildfire about a hundred miles east of Los Angeles. So far, 6,000 residents have been forced to flee.

Perry Voodoo Dolls Benefitting Planned Parenthood

One Houston woman who is against the state's new 20-week abortion ban is making voodoo dolls of Gov. Rick Perry with a slogan that mocks his pro-life stand.

Texas School Buckles, Ends Student Tracking Project

A school district in San Antonio, Texas, is dropping a controversial student tracking program, officials announced Wednesday.

Beating Abortion: Killing the Industry's Lifeline

A new anti-abortion strategy, going after its money and workers, is getting results.

Buried 6-Year-Old's Rescue 'a Miracle'

Six-year-old Nathan Woessner beat the odds and miraculously survived being buried alive under 11 feet of sand for hours.


RI Governor Vetoes 'Choose Life' License Plate

Rhode Island Gov. Lincoln Chafee has vetoed a bill to authorize a "Choose Life" license plate, saying it violated the separation of church and state.

Labor Unions Suffer Buyer's Remorse on Obamacare

A key ally in the Obama administration's successful fight to pass health care reform is now suffering buyer's remorse.

DC Suburb Preps for 'Drought' amid Heat Wave

As millions face another day of dangerous heat, one Maryland county is preparing for a man-made drought as officials repair a major water pipe.

Virginia's Busiest Abortion Clinic Shuts Down

In another win for pro-lifers, Virginia's busiest abortion clinic is closing.

Pastors Play Peacemakers after Zimmerman Acquittal

Churches in Sandford, Fla. are opening their doors for prayer to help ease tensions over the acquittal of George Zimmerman in the death of Trayvon Martin.

Juror 37B: Race Never a Role in Zimmerman Verdict

One of the six jurors in the George Zimmerman trial said she voted to acquit him because she had no doubt the neighborhood watchman feared for his life.

FCC Delays Decision on TV Nudity, Profanity

The Federal Communications Commission delayed its decision on whether to allow more nudity and profanity on broadcast television.

California High Court Won't Block Gay Marriages

California's Supreme Court says it will not order the state to stop issuing marriage licenses to same-sex couples.

Heat Wave Bakes Northeast, Triggers Advisories

Temperatures are soaring into the 90s from Michigan to the East Coast, but the heat and humidity will make it feel even hotter.

Hundreds Arrested in Global Child Exploitation Probe

Federal law enforcement officials made major arrests this week in an international child exploitation investigation.

All Involved Agree: Sand Dune Rescue 'a Miracle'

Six-year-old Nathan Woessner was scampering up a massive dune in northern Indiana when he disappeared without warning or sound.

Zimmerman Acquittal Sparks Nationwide Protests

Thousands of demonstators from across the country protested a jury's decision to clear George Zimmerman in the shooting death of teenager Trayvon Martin.

Fuller Seminary Allows First LGBT Campus Group

Fuller Theological Seminary in California has approved an official student organization for lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender students.

County Drowns Va. Oyster Farm in Regulations

Five years ago, Greg Garrett started his own oyster farm in the Chesapeake Bay with all the right paperwork. Since then, neighbors complained and the county stepped in.

Obama Praises Senior Bush's Passion for Service

President Barack Obama said Monday the nation is "kinder and gentler" thanks to former President George H.W. Bush.

King's Niece Grieved over Zimmerman Verdict

Dr. Alveda King, niece of the famed civil rights leader, said the Zimmerman verdict reveals a "deep vein of disharmony and racial tension in our nation."

Modern Day 'Mother Teresa' Heads Homeless Church

Charlotte's most vulnerable people are in desperate need of help, and one grandmother is answering the call. Her work has led some to call her a modern-day Mother Teresa.

Fantasy, Action, Comedy - New Films Have it All

Fantasy, action, comedy -- the latest batch of Hollywood releases has it all. But are they family friendly?

New Film Shakes Darwinism's Foundational Beliefs

Best-selling author and TV co-host Ray Comfort has a new movie out he says will shake the foundations of Darwinian belief.


Pastor Helps Nab Thief Through Social Media

A pastor in Houston helped authorities catch a thief. And he did it using social media.

Liberty U. Loses Bid to Overturn Obamacare

An appeals court in Virginia rejected Liberty University's attempt to overturn Obamacare.

Ill. Court Backs Abortion Parent Notification Law

The Illinois Supreme Court has upheld a law that requires doctors to notify parents of underage girls seeking an abortion.

Pennsylvania AG Won't Defend Gay Marriage Ban

Pennsylvania's attorney general says she will not defend the state's law that protects traditional marriage.

National Birth Rate Hits Record Low

Financial uncertainty means many people are choosing not have children, bringing the national birth rate to an all time low.

W. Va. Courthouse Won't Remove Commandments

Officials in Wyoming County, W. Va., say they won't remove a Ten Commandments monument from the courthouse lawn.


Two Canadian Women Skydive for the Gospel

Two Canadian women literally 'jumped' out of their comfort zone to raise support for Asian missionaries.

Fed Surveillance More Widespread Than You Think

It turns out big brother really is watching you. Government's surveillance programs are widespread and they're operating with the approval of a secret court.

Fla. Probes ‘Branding’ of Sex Trafficking Victims

A human trafficking ring in Florida is branding the bodies of women and girls who are used for prostitution.

Ft. Hood Suspect Declares Support for Taliban

The Army major on trial for the 2009 massacre at Fort Hood told potential jurors he supports the Taliban and Islamic Sharia law.

'Remorseless' Boston Suspect Pleads Not Guilty

The victims' families called the main suspect in the Boston Marathon bombings "remorseless" as he pleaded not guilty in his first court appearance.

Lawmakers: Why Didn't Boston PD Know of Tsarnaev?

Boston bomb suspect Dzhokzar Tsarnaev, 19, faced the court for the first time since being charged with using a weapon of mass destruction in two April 15 bombings.

Exodus Shutting Down So 'Church Can Do Its Job'

The ex-gay ministry Exodus is closing its doors after 37 years. Its president, Alan Chambers, recently spoke with CBN News about what's happened and what's next.

Lawmaker: Ft. Hood Result of Political Correctness

Rep. Jim Bridenstine, R-Okla., is blaming political correctness for the 2009 shooting rampage at the Fort Hood, Texas, Army post that left 13 people dead.

Gov't Workers Urged to Report 'Suspicious Behavior'

President Obama has ordered federal employees to report any suspicious activities by their co-workers.

ACLU Challenges Pennsylvania Gay Marriage Ban

The American Civil Liberties Union is suing Pennsylvania to overturn the state's ban on same-sex marriage.

Asiana Pilots Reveal New Details on Cause of Crash

The NTBS has revealed new information regarding the pilots of Asiana Airlines Flight 214 and what went wrong in Saturday's crash.

New Jersey Town Cracks Down on Baggy Pants

Starting Tuesday, wearing baggy pants will cost you in the beach town of Wildwood, N.J.    

Burglary Victim Skips Cops, Calls Perpetrator's Mom

A burglary victim in Seattle was recently able to track down a culprit without having to call the cops. She made one call though -- to the perpetrator's mom.


Media Outlets Reject Controversial Pro-life Ad

Three major U.S. newspapers are refusing to run a pro-life ad, calling it too controversial.


Alternative Scout Group: 'Our Leaders Will Be Christians'

A new alternative organization to the Boy Scouts said it will welcome boys of all faiths, but require its leaders to adhere to a Christian faith statement.

Crash Investigators Probe Entire Asiana Flight Crew

The National Transportation Safety Board is focusing their attention on the entire flight crew involved in the Asiana Airlines crash, not just the pilot who was landing the plane.

Former Ohio Captives Release Thank You Video

The three Ohio women held captive in a Cleveland home for a decade are speaking out for the first time.

Judge Temporarily Blocks Wisconsin Abortion Law

A federal judge has granted a temporary restraining order preventing Wisconsin from enforcing a new abortion law.

Virginia ABC Changes Policy after Student Arrest

The Virginia Department of Alcoholic Beverage Control is updating its policy for undercover officers after a college student was arrested for buying what agents mistakenly thought to be alcohol at a local store.

Common Ground? Author Marries Bible, 'Atlas Shrugged'

Although author Ayn Rand's was a fanatic atheist, she was a fierce believer in liberty, limited government, and the free market - all things conservative Christians love.

Crooked NYC Cops Abusing Federal Database

A federal database meant to help catch criminals is being used by crooked police officers to commit crimes of their own.

More Facts Emerging on Deadly Asiana Plane Crash

Investigators are deep into the search for clues in the crash of a Boeing 777 at San Francisco's airport this weekend.

Wis. Gov. Signs Ultrasound Abortion Bill into Law

Women seeking abortions in Wisconsin will have to undergo an ultrasound first, according to a new bill Gov. Scott Walker signed into law Friday.

America Ripe for Muslim Brotherhood’s Agenda?

The Muslim Brotherhood is a powerful force throughout the Islamic world. Now it's turned its attention to U.S. communities ripe for its radical agenda.

NSA Leaks Raise Concerns on Background Checks

Snowden's path into secretive national security jobs has raised concerns about the system that outsources many of the government's most sensitive background checks.

Two Bodies Found Outside Asiana Airliner

Authorities found two bodies outside the wreckage of the South Korean Asiana Airlines Boeing 777 jetliner that crash landed on the runway Saturday at San Francisco airport.

Police Arrest Armed Man Near Wash. U Campus

Police in Seattle are investigating a Nevada man arrested near the University of Washington campus who had a truck full of weapons.

Record Breaking Heat Wave Sweeps US

Some of the hottest temperatures in history are being felt across parts of the United States this week.

Cardinal to Church: Pray for Courage to Defend Faith

Speaking at the Basilica of the National Shrine Thursday, Cardinal Donald Wuerl challenged believers to defend their right to live out their faith.

California Fireworks Show Blast Injures Dozens

Dozens of spectators were injured in Simi Valley, Calif., Thursday when a malfunction just two minutes into the show sent fireworks flying into the crowd.

Thousands Flood D.C. to Package One Million Meals

Thousands of volunteers swarmed the nation's capitol this week to help pack one million meals for Kids Against Hunger, an international food relief organization.

Statue of Liberty Re-Opens for Fourth of July

The Statue of Liberty re-opened Thursday after months of repairs following Superstorm Sandy.

Fourth of July Sees Nationwide Security Increase

In the largest security increase since the Boston bombings, law enforcement and Homeland Security have joined forces to keep Americans safe this Fourth.

Gay Divorce Puts Ind. Marriage Laws to the Test

A gay divorce case in Indiana could undermine that state's marriage laws.

Prescott Retools July 4th Celebration after Deaths

The residents of Prescott, Ariz., will celebrate Independence Day today even as it mourns the deaths of 19 hometown firefighters.

Tonto Takes Center Stage in 'Lone Ranger' Reboot

In this modern day reboot of the 1940s-50s television series, Tonto takes center stage as he recounts how gun-phobic lawyer John Reid became the masked legend.

Judge Lifts Michigan Ban on Same-Sex Benefits

Michigan's public employers may now choose to offer benefits, such as health insurance, to same-sex domestic partners.

Faith Leaders Push for 'Guaranteed' HHS Exemptions

Christian leaders are pushing for guaranteed exemptions from Obamacare's birth control coverage mandate.

Thousands Hold Vigil for Elite Arizona Fire Squad

Fire investigators from across the country are in Prescott, Ariz., trying to determine what caused the nation's largest loss of firefighters since 9/11.

NBC Picks Up Sequel to 'The Bible' Miniseries

NBC said it will join with producer Mark Burnett and his actress-wife, Roma Downey, on the sequel to "The Bible," miniseries which aired in March.

Final Service Held in Famed Crystal Cathedral

More than 2,000 members of the Crystal Cathedral gathered for a final service in their famed glass house this weekend.

Group: Birth Control Mandate Fix 'More of the Same'

The Becket Fund for Religious Liberty says the Obama administration's most recent modification of its birth control mandate is "more of the same."

State, Gay Couple Sue Christian Flower Shop

The trial of a flower shop owner in Richland, Wash., is now underway, in a case that pits religious freedom against gay rights.

Pa. Marks Battle of Gettysburg's 150th Anniversary

This week marks the 150th anniversary of the battle of Gettysburg. Thousands of Civil War buffs are spending the week re-enacting this pivotal event in American history.

City in Mourning: Elite Ariz. Fire Crew Remembered

The 19 elite firefighters who died battling the blaze were remembered in a heartbreaking memorial Monday.

'We're Devastated': Ariz. Mourns Firefighters' Deaths

Arizona is mourning the loss of 19 firefighters who died Sunday battling a wildfire near Prescott. It's the greatest loss of firefighters in the U.S. since 9/11.

Tony Perkins: Gay Rulings Will Open 'Pandora's Box'

The FRC's Tony Perkins predicts that many Americans who are tolerant of same-sex marriage will be shocked to see how it cuts back on religious freedom.

Chris Tomlin Most Sung Songwriter in the World

Songwriter and worship leader Chris Tomlin has been named as the most sung artist in the world. The multiple Grammy-winning artist has sold more than 4.2 million albums.