August 2013 Headlines

The Odd Duck: Beardless Alan Joins 'Dynasty' Show

The bearded Robertsons are keeping "Duck Dynasty" in high demand.  And this season you may have noticed another brother who doesn't look the part.

Rating Church? 'Secret Shoppers' Helping Pastors

It's a new wrinkle to an old concept: Pastors are using "mystery shopping" to evaluate and improve people's experiences at their churches.

Iowa Board Ends Abortion by Videoconferencing

Iowa's medical board voted to end a dangerous Planned Parenthood system in which doctors used videoconferencing to distribute abortion-inducing pills.

President Obama Turns to Congress on Syria Strike

The White House is gearing up for the biggest foreign policy vote since the Iraq war, arguing new evidence shows Syria used sarin gas in a deadly attack.

Tebow Cut by Patriots, Plans to Keep Playing

Tim Tebow was cut by the New England Patriots Saturday, losing his third NFL job in 18 months. It might be hard to find another.

SCOTUS Justice Ginsburg Performs Same-Sex Wedding

Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg performed a same-sex wedding, showing her true colors after ruling for gay marriage earlier this year.

The 700 Club's Lee Webb Says Farewell to CBN

After 19 years, CBN News Anchor Lee Webb is saying goodbye to the Christian Broadcasting Network.

McClurkin Talks to CBN News on MLK Concert 'Disinvite'

Gospel singer Donnie McClurkin spoke exclusively with CBN News recently about being uninvited from a Martin Luther King Jr. concert over his stance on homosexuality.

Nation Under Arrest? Oil Exec Charged in Duck Deaths

If a bird was killed crashing into your house, you wouldn't expect to be jailed for it. But that's basically what happened to one Texas businessman.

T.D. Jakes' Dallas 'MegaFest' Draws Thousands

Some 50,000 people descended upon Dallas to be a part of a massive, three-day Christian conference sponsored by megachurch pastor, Bishop T.D. Jakes.

Film 'One Direction' Highlights Boy Band Phenom

Hollywood highlights America's fascination with boy bands with the new documentary "One Direction: This Is Us."

More than Half the Country Experiencing Drought

More than half of the country is now experiencing some stage of drought, according to the weekly U.S. Drought Monitor report.

IRS Allows Married Gays to File Joint Returns

The new IRS rules will allow gay couples to file federal joint tax returns even if the state where they live does not recognize their union.

Ninth Circuit Upholds Calif. Conversion Therapy Ban

California's 9th Circuit Court has upheld a new law banning change therapy. The therapy is used to help those with unwanted same-sex attraction.

Justice Dept. Won't Block Pot Use in CO, WA

The federal government says it will not stand in the way of recreational marijuana use in Colorado and Washington.

Kid Genius Graduates College at 14, Credits God

This fall kids across the country are heading back to school. But 14-year-old Thessalonika Arzu-Embry is the exception. She's preparing to graduate -- from college.

Ft. Hood Death Sentence Gets Mixed Reactions

The same jury that convicted Maj. Nidal Hasan on 13 counts of murder chose the death penalty over life in prison. Today that verdict is getting a mixed reaction.

NYPD Denies Labeling Mosques Terror Groups

The New York Police Department has secretly labeled entire mosques as terrorist groups, according to an investigation by the Associated Press.

Ministry Can Temporarily Resume Feeding Homeless

A North Carolina church group is hailing a decision to halt enforcement of a ban on distribution of food in city parks.

Back from the Dead: Man's Faith 'Stronger Than Ever'

Thirty-seven-year-old Tony Yahle is thankful he could attend church services with his family this weekend.

Post-Katrina: New Orleans 'America's Comeback City'

Eight years after Hurricane Katrina slammed into the Gulf Coast, New Orleans is on the rebound.

Pa. Governor Sues to Block County's Gay Marriages

Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Corbett has filed a lawsuit to block same-sex marriage licenses from being issued in Montgomery County.

Obama Remembers 'I Have a Dream' Speech

Today the first African-American U.S. president stood where the nation's most famous civil rights leader stood 50 years ago.

Facebook: 74 Governments Demanded User Info

Facebook released data showing government agents in 74 countries demanded information on about 38,000 users during the first part of this year.

Triple Digit Heat Wave Grips US Midsection

Heat warnings and advisories are in effect for eight states, including north and South Dakota, Nebraska, Iowa and Missouri.

San Antonio Pastors: LGBT Measure Violates Conscience

Pastors and other Christian leaders in San Antonio want their city to reject a controversial new non-discrimination measure.

Dream Realized? Family Reflects on King's Legacy

CBN News's Jennifer Wishon spoke with three generations of the King family to see if Martin Luther King Jr.'s "dream" has been realized.

Ministry Banned from Handing Out Food to Homeless

Love Wins Ministries serves breakfast to the homeless at a downtown park in Raleigh. But on Saturday they were told if they served the food, they would be arrested.

Muslim Brotherhood Influence Reaches White House

The Muslim Brotherhood appears on the ropes in Egypt, but in the United States one American-Islamic group linked to the Brotherhood continues to thrive.

Pa. Lawmakers Mull Protections for LGBT Community

Pennsylvania lawmakers are considering a broad non-discrimination bill to provide special protections for homosexual and transgender people.

NM County Judge 'Legalizes' Same-Sex Marriage

Judges are making gay marriage legal in New Mexico.

Afghan War Veteran Receives Medal of Honor

President Barack Obama awarded the Medal of Honor to Army Staff Sgt. Ty Carter in a ceremony at the White House on Monday.

Raging Fires May Contaminate San Fran Water Supply

Firefighters are making progress in their battle against a massive wildfire near Yosemite National Park.

More Leaks: NSA Bugged UN Headquarters in NY

The National Security Agency bugged the United Nations headquarters in New York, according to a report by the German Magazine Der Spiegel.(

Wildfire Continues to Rage in Yosemite Nat'l Park

A massive wild fire continued to rage Monday through the wilderness of the Yosemite National Park.

Donnie McClurkin's 'New York Call' Draws Thousands

Gospel artist Donnie McClurkin led a massive worship celebration in New York this weekend designed to unite people of all denominations.

Bookkeeper Hailed as Hero in Georgia School Standoff

It's the 911 call the nation is talking about, along with a woman of remarkable compassion and courage.

Christian Photographer Loses Gay Wedding Case

The New Mexico Supreme Court rejected arguments that the law violated the photographer's free exercise of religion.

Promise Keepers Lead Rally to 'Revive Detroit'

Promise Keeper's founder Coach Bill McCartney rallied Detroit's Christian leaders Thursday to help their struggling city.

Sentencing Begins in Ft. Hood Massacre Trial

Army Maj. Nidal Hasan, who was convicted Friday in the 2009 shooting rampage at Fort Hood, could get the death penalty.

Man Headed to the Morgue Comes Back to Life

A 37-year-old Kettering, Ohio, man appears to have come back to life after being dead for a full 45 minutes.

March to Commemorate MLK Legacy

Organizers have planned for about 100,000 people to participate in the event, which is the precursor to the actual anniversary of the Aug. 28, 1963, march.

U.S. Forces Move Closer To Syria

U.S. naval forces are moving closer to Syria as President Barack Obama considers military options for responding to the alleged use of chemical weapons by the Assad government.

Thousands Expected for 50th March on Washington

Thousands are expected to gather in Washington, D.C., Saturday, in memory of Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. and his famous "I Had a Dream speech."

Friends Shocked over Murdered WWII Vet

People who knew a World War II veteran who was savagely beaten to death expressed their shocked over what ahappened to the man affectionately known as "Shorty."

'The Butler,' Good Film, But Not For Youngsters

Hollywood's latest attempt to delve into the supernatural, "The Mortal Instruments," offers up everything from the drinking of demon blood to the drawing of a pentagram.

'Duck Dynasty' Patriarch: Right to Life 'God-Given'

As the fourth season of  "Duck Dynasty" is setting record ratings, a video has surfaced of family patriarch Phil Robertson  declaring his pro-life stance.

CA Under State of Emergency as Wildfire Rages On

The wildfire burning near California's Yosemite National Park is raging out of control.

Judge: Suit Against Church Politicking Can Proceed

A federal judge has ruled a lawsuit against church politicking may proceed, days after evangelicals asked Congress to repeal prohibitions against pulpit endorsements.

GLAAD Cries Foul over 'Anti-Gay' Hollywood Bias

A gay activist group is accusing Hollywood of being biased against homosexual characters.

'Call Me Chelsea': Manning Seeks Sex Reassignment

One day after being sentenced to 35 years in prison for leaking classified material to WikiLeaks, Bradley Manning announced he now plans to live as a woman.

Jury Deliberations Begin in Ft. Hood Massacre Trial

Jury deliberations are set to begin in the trial of the Muslim extremist charged with the 2009 massacre at the Fort Hood Army base in Texas.

Cross-Country Pilgrimage Inspires Faith to the Fullest

CBN News recently caught up with one young Christian who put those words to the test by making a cross-country journey to inspire other Christians to live out their faith to the fullest.

NM County Clerk Issues Same Sex Marriage Licenses

A county clerk in New Mexico is issuing marriage licenses to gay couples despite legal challenges over same-sex marriage in the state.

Student Drops Suit after School Scraps RFID Program

The San Antonio high school student kicked out for refusing to wear an ID badge with a computer chip is being allowed to return to class.

Why All the Hype? Duck Dynasty a Cable Ratings Hit

Across America people tuned in to "Duck Dynasty" Wednesday. CBN News recently traveled to Lousiana to find out what the hype's about.

Okla. Police: Aussie Athlete Slain by 'Bored' Teens

Three teenagers have been charged in the death of an Australian college baseball star who was gunned down in broad daylight.

Widlfires Burning Up Over a Billion Federal Dollars

Wildfires, like the ones currently burning out west, are proving to be costly for the country.


Fort Hood Shooting Trial Adjourns Early

The trial of the soldier accused in the deadly Fort Hood shooting rampage has adjourned ahead of closing arguments Thursday.

Wikileaks' Informant Bradley Manning Sentenced to 35 Years

The American soldier convicted of giving sensitive information to the anti-secrecy website Wikileaks has been sentenced to 35 years in prison.

ACLU: Government Program 'Blacklisting' Muslims

Civil liberties advocates are accusing the government of blacklisting Muslims who try to become U.S. citizens.

SD Anti-God Billboards Reach Out to Non-Theists

In South Dakota, a national effort to reach out to atheists and agnostics is showing up on billboards across the state.

Clerk Credits God with Thwarting Ga. School Gunman

A Georgia man will face criminal charges after allegedly threatening to kill everyone at an elementary school near Atlanta.

Iowa May Limit Controversial Webcam Abortions

Supporters of webcam abortions in Iowa say they provide necessary medical care to rural areas. Opponents say they do more harm than good.

Obamacare Targets Youth with Video Contest

The Obama administration is using a video promotional contest offering cash and prizes in an effort to get young people to sign up for Obamacare.

Teachers Paying More for Supplies Out-of-Pocket

As kids across the country head back to school this fall, a growing number of teachers are having to buy classroom supplies with their own money.

Okla. Family Gets New Home after Moore Twister

Three months have passed since a deadly tornado ripped through Moore, Okla., devastating the city.

Clerk Defends Issuing Illegal Gay Marriage Licenses

A Montgomery County Clerk is defending his decision to issue illegal marriage licenses to same-sex couples in Pennsylvania.

Sandy Task Force: Better Nat'l Disaster Plan Needed

A presidential task force says America needs a better plan for protecting the country's infrastructure system during natural disasters such as Superstorm Sandy.

Dozens of Wildfires Continue to Burn Across West

Nearly three dozen wildfires are burning across nine states in the West. Hundreds of families have been evacuated and thousands of firefighters are on the front lines.

Creditors Object to Detroit Bankruptcy

Monday marked the deadline for creditors to object to Detroit's bankruptcy filing.

NJ Governor Signs Gay Conversion Therapy Ban

New Jersey has become the second state to ban conversion therapy. GOP Gov. Chris Christie signed the bill into law Monday.

Islam in America: Mosques Popping Up Across US

The Clarion Project reports that about 1,200 mosques are now operating in the U.S., and almost 80 percent of them were built within the last 12 years.

Deceptive Practices among Top 10 Consumer Gripes

The Consumer Federation Association released its annual top 10 list of consumer complaints for 2012 and, unfortunately, some industries listed are repeat offenders.

Californians Fleeing 'Nanny State' for Texas

Great weather hasn't stopped some 3.5 million Californians from deserting the state. One reason: frustration with California being the worst of the "nanny states."

Children's Opera Retells a Holocaust-Era Story

Holocaust survivor Ela Weissberger is helping a new generation understand what happened when she was a child in Nazi Germany.

Wildfires Across West Force Thousands to Evacuate

Dozens of wildfires are raging the western part of the United States, prompting the evacuation of 2,300 homes.

Differing Views of Schools Shows Racial Divide

Minority and low-income parents are more likely to see serious problems in their children's schools.

'The Butler' an Emotional Project for Star-Studded Cast

Fifty years after Martin Luther King, Jr. delivered his iconic speech, the film "The Butler" is offering a rare look at that time in American history through the eyes of a servant.

Activists Plan Million Muslim Washington March for 9/11

An Islamist activist group is calling for a million Muslim march in Washington, D.C., on this year's Sept. 11 anniversary.

Report: NSA Broke Privacy Rules Thousands of Times

Recent reports shows the NSA has broken privacy rules thousands of times a year going all the way back to 2008 when Congress granted the agency broad new powers.

Churches Urge Ending Ban on Pulpit Endorsements

A coalition of church and ministry leaders is calling for legislation that would end the ban on political endorsements from the pulpit.

Bakery Investigated for Refusing Gay Wedding Cake

Officials in Oregon are following up on a complaint a gay couple filed against a Christian-owned bakery.

Group Sues Magistrate over 'Messiah' Name Ban

An atheist and agnostic association filed a complaint against the Tennessee magistrate who refused to allow a couple to name their baby "Messiah."

Al Qaeda Communication Growing More Sophisticated

Al Qaeda is getting more sophisticated each day, planning terror attacks with encrypted Internet message boards and special software to disguise their activities on chat rooms.

Gender Insanity? Calif. Transgender Bill Now Law

California Gov. Jerry Brown has signed a law that allows transgender students use public school bathrooms according to the gender they identify with.

Groups Sue North Carolina over Voter ID Law

The ACLU and Southern Coalition for Social Justice are suing North Carolina over a new voter ID law, saying it violates the Voting Rights Act.

Ginormous Crosses a Message to Chattanooga Drivers

Thousands of cars drive along Interstate 75 in Tennessee every day. Most of them are not even aware of what's on either side of the highway.

Iowa Couple Threatened after Refusing Gay Nuptials

A Christian couple in Iowa has been receiving vicious threats for refusing to rent their business facility for a same-sex marriage.

Judge: NY 'Stop-and-Frisk' Policy Unconstitutional

A federal judge has ruled that New York's controversial stop-and-frisk policy violates the constitutional rights of minorities.

Mystery Car Crash Priest Comes Forward

A mystery that first gripped emergency workers, and then people everywhere, has been solved.

Heroin Fatalities Spike, Dealers Charged in Deaths

Law enforcement officials are turning to an old tactic to crack down on drug dealers, charging them with the deaths of overdose victims.

Donnie McClurkin Cut from MLK Concert for Gay Stance

Gospel singer Donnie McClurkin was banned from performing at Martin Luther King Jr. concert over his stance on homosexuality.

Four Dead in Connecticut Private Plane Crash

A fire department official say four bodies have been pulled from the site of where a small plane crashed into two Connecticut homes.

Teenager Rescued in Idaho wilderness

A harrowing weeklong search for a missing California teenager ended Saturday when FBI agents rescued the girl and shot and killed her apparent kidnapper at a campsite deep in the Idaho wilderness.

Eyewitness Recalls Horror of Ft. Hood Rampage

The trial of Maj. Nidal Hasan, the accused Fort Hood shooter, is moving forward with emotional testimony from eyewitnesses.

'Planes,' 'Percy Jackson,' 'Elysium' - for the Family?

'Planes,' 'Percy Jackson,' and 'Elysium,' Are these movies for the family? You might be surprised.

Widespread Flooding Wreaks Havoc Across Midwest

Widespread flooding has wreaked havoc across at least several states, including Missouri, Kansas, Arkansas, Oklahoma, and Tennessee.

Defense Team: Ft. Hood Shooter Has a Death Wish

Fort Hood shooter Maj. Nidal Hasan's standy defense team asked to either take over or be excused, saying their client has a death wish and they want no part in it.

Gay Spouses Could Soon Get Military Benefits

The Pentagon could begin extending benefits to gay spouses in the military by the end of the August, under a new proposal by Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel.

Relentless Rain Triggers Floods in South, Midwest

Relentless rains continue to fall, flooding the South and Midwest. At least 12 states are enduring the ongoing threat of floods.

NH Mom Banned from Praying on School Grounds

A New Hampshire mother has been banned from praying at her kids' high school.

Colorado University Re-Files Birth Control Suit

Colorado Christian University is renewing a lawsuit challenging the Obamacare mandate requiring employers to provide contraception coverage.

Ft. Hood Victims Sue Gov't for Role in 2009 Massacre

As the trial for Fort Hood shooter Nidal Hasan gets under way, victims are suing the government, saying political correctness allowed the massacre to happen.

George W. Bush's Heart Surgery a 'Success'

Former President George W. Bush has successfully undergone a heart procedure after doctors discovered a blockage in an artery.

Century-Old Church Vandalized with Demonic Symbols

Vandals recently spray painted the words "Hail Satan" in Latin, along with an upside down cross, an anarchy symbol, and a pentagram on Schoolfield Church of the Brethen.

Trial Opens for Ft. Hood Shooter Nidal Hasan

The trial of Army Maj. Nidal Hasan, the man accused in the 2009 Fort Hood massacre, is getting underway Tuesday.

Pennsylvania Gunman Kills Three at Town Meeting

A gunman killed three people and wounded four others in a shooting Monday night at a town meeting in eastern Pennsylvania.

Hard-Core Teens Find Acceptance at The Refuge

Some kids seem so wild that even the Church can't reach them. But one youth pastor has found spectacular success connecting with these tough teens.

Calif. Bust Highlights Dangers of Sex Trafficking

Two men have been arrested after allegedly forcing two underage girls into prostitution in Santa Ana, Calif.  The case reveals how much U.S. teens are at risk.

Major League Baseball Suspends A-Rod for PED Use

Major League Baseball has officially banned Yankee's third baseman Alex Rodriguez, better known as "A-Rod," for an unprecedented 200 games, through the 2014 season.

P. Parenthood Affiliate to Pay $4.3M in Fraud Case

A Planned Parenthood affiliate in Texas agreed to pay a settlement of $4.3 million after a fraud investigation.

Marine's Wrongful Arrest Suit Allowed to Proceed

A federal court has rejected the government's bid to dismiss a lawsuit from a Marine who was wrongfully arrested by FBI, Secret Service agents, and police.

Police Look for Motive in Fatal Calif. Hit-and-Run

Police are investigating the motive behind a deadly hit-and-run car attack on a crowded boardwalk in California.

Is 'The Smurfs 2' Safe for the Whole Family?

"The Smurfs 2" debuted in theaters across the nation this week with a new round of animated shenanigans.

Interview of Muslim Author on Jesus Goes Viral

An interview with Muslim author Reza Aslan, author of Zealot: The Life and Times of Jesus of Nazareth, is stirring up controversy and going viral on the Internet.

Clingman's Dome Evidence of Ancient Catastrophic Flood

A group of Christians recently hiked through the great Smoky Mountains in search of geological evidence of creationism and the biblical account of the great flood.

Gov. Corbett Moves to Stop Illegal Gay Marriages

Gov. Tom Corbett is suing County Register Bruce Hanes to make him stop violating the Pennsylvania state law that defines marriage as between a man and woman.

US Post Office Taking Pictures of Your Mail

New revelations that the United States Post Office takes pictures of mail has some concerned they could be snooping on its customers.

NC Closes Abortion Clinic over Safety Violations

A North Carolina abortion clinic has been closed down by the state. Health officials suspended FemCare's license, saying it broke 23 health and safety rules.

Ft. Hood Shooter Renounces US Citizenship

Maj. Nidal Hasan, the man accused of the 2009 Fort Hood massacre, is renouncing his U.S. citizenship.

Kidnapper Ariel Castro Confronted by Rape Victim

One of Ariel Castro's victims personally confronted her former captor at his sentencing Thursday.

Obama Admin.: No FDR Prayer at War Memorial

The Obama administration is opposing a move to add a historic prayer to the World War II Memorial in Washington D.C.

Kidnapper Ariel Castro Gets Life Plus 1,000 Years

Ariel Castro, the man who held three women captive in his home for 10 years, was sentenced to life in prison plus 1,000 years Thursday.

Army, Air Force Stop Sales of Porn Magazines

The Army and Air Force Exchange Service will remove sexually explicit magazines from their store shelves, citing poor sales.

Ohio Judge Blocks Display of Riverfront Crosses

A federal judge is blocking the display of about 30 crosses on public land along the Ohio River in Evansville, Ind.

Gay Weddings Kick Off in Rhode Island, Minnesota, DC

Same-sex couples in Rhode Island, Minnesota, and Washington, D.C., are starting to get married.