December 2013 Headlines

Ind. Diocese Exempt from Contraceptive Mandate

A federal judge has ruled in favor of the Northern Indiana Diocese granting an exemption to Obamacare's contraceptive mandate.

Billy Graham Makes Most Admired Men List

The Reverend Billy Graham has once again been named one of the top ten most admired men in America.

The Watchman: 2013 in Review

On this week's edition of The Watchman, we take a look back at some of the major events that shaped 2013.

Tim Tebow Heads to TV, Talking SEC

Tim Tebow will go from playing football to talking about football on TV, offering his analysis of college games on ESPN's new SEC Network.

Millions Brave Arctic Blast to Ring in the New Year

Across the country millions are starting off the new year with arctic cold temperatures but that did not stop hundreds of thousands from celebrating.

Mary Kay's Golden Year Full of History & Vision

The year 2013 marks the 50th anniversary for Mary Kay cosmetics. CBN takes a look at the woman behind the multi-million dollar empire built on Christian principles.

Darlene Zschech Faces Battle with Breast Cancer

Christian singer-songwriter Darlene Zschech recently posted a blog announcing that she was diagnosed with breast cancer.

Dangerous Weather Spreads Across U.S.

Two storm systems are causing dangerous weather conditions from the Midwest to the Northeast.

A&E to Reinstate 'Duck Dynasty' Patriarch

"Duck Dynasty" patriarch Phil Robertson will return to A&E's hit reality show, said the channel Friday.

Americans Urged to Ask Senate to Back Pro-Life Bill

The Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act is one of the top priorities of pro-life groups like the Susan B. Anthony List in 2014.

Federal Judge Strikes Down Abortion Mandate

A federal court has sided with two Texas universities, ruling that the federal law requiring employers to provide abortion drugs for its workers violates civil rights laws.

'I Stand with Phil' Petition Surpasses 250K Goal

A petition calling for A&E to reinstate "Duck Dynasty" patriarch Phil Robertson has surpassed its goal of 250,000 signatures.

Religious Expression Protected in Defense Law

The freedom of religious expression for service members is included in the defense bill that President Barack Obama signed into law Thursday.

Utility Linemen Brave Cold, Ice to Restore Power

Tony Carone is one of the thousands of electrical workers who have put in double shifts trying to restore power to more than a half-million homes and businesses.

Young Obama Voters Suffering 'Buyers Remorse?'

Voters are giving President Barack Obama coal this Christmas and latest poll numbers show his approval rating is the ugliest since President Nixon.

Gay Man, Evangelical at a Bar: Beyond Culture Wars

The Journey church recently rented a night club in St. Louis for an evening of calm discussion over the red-hot topic: Marriage. They billed the event: "A Gay Man and An Evangelical Walk Into a Bar."

Kids' Xmas Wishes for Vets Defended, Not Abandoned

Christmas cards made by a group of Texas students are on their way to veterans facilities in San Antonio and Louisiana after a Veterans Affairs hospital in Dallas refused to accept them.

Sick Girl Dies After Seeing Christmas Wish Fulfilled

A terminally ill eastern Pennsylvania girl who received support from thousands of Christmas carolers over the weekend has died.

More Support for Duck Dynasty's Patriarch, Some Surprising

Despite all the "Duck Dynasty" controversy, life is going on pretty much as normal for the Robertson family and their hometown of West Monroe, Louisiana.

Are American Students Really that Dumb?

New international test scores show American students lagging behind in math and performing about average in science and reading. But critics say there's no reason for alarm.

Sarah Palin: 'War on Christmas' Tip of Greater Battle

Sarah Palin's latest crusade puts her in the middle of the battle for Christmas.

Brotherhood Supporters Advising Obama Admin?

Egypt's labeled the Muslim Brotherhood terrorists, banning its activities. But in the U.S., its supporters hold influential positions in the Obama administration.

Secret Santa Pays for Walmart Toys on Layaway

The season of giving is in full effect in Granbury, Texas. One person took the time to make a difference at a local Walmart.

A Christmas Conversation with Gospel Artist Tully Wood

It's beginning to sound a lot like Christmas here at CBN News.

Teacher Gives Students Gift of Giving

If you're looking for a long-lasting gift you can give kids this Christmas season think about the gift of giving.

Mount Unity Choir's Success a 'Sweet Surprise'

CBN News Reporter Efrem Graham recently hit the road to sample the sounds of the season with the choir from Mount Lebanon Baptist Church in Chesapeake, Va.

Duck Dynasty Family Standing by Phil, Fans Making a Difference

Duck Dynasty Family standing by their Patriarch along with fans who are making their voices heard in the matter.

America Losing the Meaning of Christmas?

As church attendance increases this holiday season, the true meaning of Christmas is being lost in America, according to a new poll.

Any Movies Out this Christmas Family Friendly?

Bob Waliszewski, director of Plugged In shared his opinion on "Anchorman," as well as"A Madea's Christmas," "Dinosaurs" and "Saving Mr. Banks".

A White and Icy Christmas for parts of Nation

Winter storm makes Christmas travel difficult in parts of the nation. It's also leaving hundreds of thousands of homes and business in the dark.

Judge Mulls Request to Block Utah Gay Weddings

A federal judge in Utah is considering a request from the state to block gay weddings that have been taking place throughout the weekend.

New Year May Bring Obamacare Sticker Shock

Monday night is a key deadline to sign up for Obamacare. But the New Year could bring a big case of sticker shock when that health care coverage begins.

Ft. Bragg Opens Base Chapel to Same-Sex Ceremonies

The Army's Fort Bragg in North Carolina is opening its base to same-sex ceremonies, the first of which took place this past Saturday

Huge Reprieve for Ministries Fighting Abortion Mandate

A federal judge grants almost 200 evangelical ministries relief from the Obamacare abortion mandate while their cases proceed through the courts.



Winter Ushered in with Crazy Conditions Across U.S.

Snow, rain, record warmth: US gets a mix of wild weather on first full day of Winter.


School Drops Christ from 'Silent Night,' Draws Ire

Parents were outraged after a Long Island, N.Y., middle school removed religious references from a traditional Christmas carol at a holiday concert.

Merry Christmas! Needy Kids Get Unexpected Gifts

Gifts are a huge part of Christmas, something underprivileged kids must often go without. But Orphan's Promise changed that for one group of students.

New Yorkers Not Swayed by Anti-Christmas Ads

An atheist group is paying a lot of money for billboards in New York City's Times Square. Their message?  Take Christ out of Christmas

Pastor Defrocked for Performing Son's Gay Wedding

The United Methodist Church  defrocked a Pennsylvania pastor this week for performing his son's same-sex wedding.

ABC News's Paula Faris Talks Openly about Her Faith

Recently, ABC News correspondent Paula Faris spoke openly with CBN News about the challenges of working in secular news and the grace to overcome them.

Fathers More Involved with Kids Than Decade Ago

A government survey suggests fathers are more involved with their kids now than a decade ago.

Target: Credit Info of Millions of Customers Stolen

Millions of Target customers may have had their credit and debit card information stolen.

Mega Church Dazzles with 'Gift of Christmas' Pageant

One of the world's largest churches presents one incredibly large Christmas production every December. 

A Winning Formula: Ky. Churches Unite to Reach Lost

Churches often spend years trying to reach their communities for Christ. Now, a group of congregations in Lexington, Ky., have found a winning formula: unity and love.

Most View Big Gov't. as Biggest Threat to US

Americans say big government is a big threat to the United States in the future, according to a new Gallup poll.

'Duck Dynasty' Patriarch Suspended for Gay Remarks

Phil Robertson, the patriarch of the hit A&E reality show "Duck Dynasty," has been suspended after calling homosexuality a sin.

New Budget Deal Doubles Airline Travel Fees

The new budget deal also includes a hidden tax, according to Heritage Foundation blogger Rob Bluey.

Ruling: Mandate Can't Be Forced on Catholic Groups

A federal judge has ruled the Obamacare contraception mandate cannot be enforced on Catholic organizations.

Widespread Fire Threatens California Town

Hundreds of firefighters are battling a 500-acre brush fire in Big Sur, Calif.

Students Pray for Arapahoe School Shooting Victim

Prayer for the student critically wounded in Friday's shooting at a Colorado high school continues both at the school and online.

President Obama Wins 'Worst Year in Washington'

A Washington Post op-ed declared President Barack Obama the winner of 'The Worst Year in Washington" title.

Family Says US Gov't Abandoned FBI Agent in Iran

The family of missing retired FBI agent Robert Levinson is accusing the U.S. government of abandoning him.

Veteran Graves Honored by 'Wreaths Across America'

Volunteers placed more than 500,000 wreaths on the graves of America's war veterans this weekend.

Suspect in Attempted Attack 'Radicalized Muslim'

Federal prosecutors are readying the case in a home-grown terror plot with a new and disturbing twist.

Prohibiting Polygamous Cohabitation 'Unconstitutional'

A federal judge in Utah has struck down key parts of the state's polygamy laws.

Heisman Trophy Winner Clouded in Controversy

Florida State quarterback Jameis Winston took home the Heisman Trophy Saturday but the road to that honor was clouded with sexual assault allegations.

Obama's Health Plan Promise 'Lie of the Year?'

President Barack Obama's health plan promise was awarded the "Lie of the Year" award by

Mt. Soledad Memorial Cross Ordered to Come Down

A federal judge in San Diego said the 43 ft. cross on California's Mount Soledad War Memorial violates the separation of church and state and must come down.

Fast-moving Sowstorm Begins Trek into Northeast

A fast-moving storm expected to drop a foot of snow or more in the Northeast over the weekend moved into the region Saturday as road crews went on high alert.


Obama Pauses in Remembrance of Sandy Hook Victims

President Barack Obama has marked the anniversary of the massacre at Sandy Hook elementary school with a moment of silence at the White House.

Bells Toll in Newtown for School Shooting Victims

Bells have tolled in Newtown, Conn., to mark the anniversary of a shooting massacre that killed 26 people at Sandy Hook Elementary School.

Sheriff: Suspect in Colo. School Shooting Dies

A suburban Denver student shot at least one other student at a high school Friday before he apparently turned the gun on himself, authorities said.

Kansas Man Arrested for Planning Airport Terror Attack

A 58-year-old man from Kansas was arrested for planning an attack at Wichita Mid-Continent regional airport.

Florida Megachurch Pastor Commits Suicide

News reports indicate that Florida megachurch founder Isaac Hunter has taken his life. 

Iranian Pastor's Wife: Don't Forget My Husband

The wife of an American pastor imprisoned in Iran has a message for America's top political leaders: don't forget her husband.

Review: 'The Hobbit' a Family Friendly Choice?

The sequel to 'The Hobbit' is poised to rock the box office this weekend, but is it a family friendly choice for the Christmas season?

ESPN Backs Down, Airs 'Jesus' Ad for Christmas

ESPN reversed a decision to drop a Christmas ad that mentioned Jesus, following a barrage of criticism from its viewers.

Freezing Temperatures Stretch Cross-Country

The snow might be over for now, but millions across the country are waking up this morning to extreme cold temperatures.

Obamacare Has Mich. County Fire Dept. on Edge

One Michigan county may have to cut back on its firefighting force because of the Democratic health care law.

Texas Makes It Legal to Say 'Merry Christmas'

It's legal to say "Merry Christmas" in public schools in Texas, and the state is making sure everyone remembers that.

S.C. Air Force Base Removes Nativity Display

A Nativity display at South Carolina's Shaw Air Force Base was quickly removed after complaints from an atheist organization.

Overnight Freeze Leads to Icy Northeast Commute

Overnight cold temperatures caused many streets across the country to freeze over again, making for dangerous commutes.

Kentucky Profiting from Divorce-Proofing Marriages

Kentucky residents, hurt by the nation's third highest divorce rate, are attacking divorce head-on with the help of an organization called Marriage Savers.

OK Lawmakers: Unlikely Satanists Statue Will Get OK

Oklahoma leaders say it's unlikely a Satanist group will be allowed to erect a monument at the state Capitol.

Love Boat's Gavin MacCleod on His Greatest Role

Actor Gavin MacCleod from the "Mary Tyler Moore Show' and "The Love Boat" shares about his greatest role in life.

Say Goodbye to Meds Under Obamacare?

Not only will many people not be able to keep their doctor under Obamacare, Forbes Analyst Scott Gottleib warns they may not be able to keep their current medicines either.

Makers of 'The Bible' Debut TV Drama 'Dovekeepers'

The makers of the History Channel's hit TV series "The Bible" are gearing up for another religious historical drama: "The Dovekeepers."

Tech Giants Want to Rein In Gov't. Surveillance

Eight major technology companies are calling on President Barack Obama and Congress to put tighter controls on government surveillance.

Storm-Battered Northeast Braces for More Snow

Fifty million Americans all along the Northeast corridor are waking up Tuesday to winter weather advisories and storm warnings.

PTC Finds TV Violence Ratings Inconsistent

Violence on broadcast networks carries milder parental cautions than shows on cable TV, according to a new study by the Parents Television Council.

Couple Sees Image of Mary, Jesus in Firewood

An Indiana couple made an interesting discovery this Christmas season while stocking up on firewood.

Winter Storm Wreaks Havoc on East Coast Travel

The storm that brought arctic temperatures to Dallas is now taking aim at the East Coast. Snow and ice are making for a dangerous commute.

Judge: Colorado Baker Must Serve Gay Couples

A judge has ruled a Colorado baker must serve gay couples despite his religious convictions.

Franklin Graham: Dad's Health Has Declined

Franklin Graham, son of Evangelist Billy Graham, said his father's health has declined "quite a bit" in the past few days.

Hacker: Health Care Site Security Fallen by Wayside

Cyber-security expert David Kennedy says no security was ever built into the Obamacare site, making millions of users' personal information vulnerable to hackers.

Nation Shivers Under Ice Storm, Cold

The Northeast is the latest region to prepare for one of the biggest ice storms in recent history, one that has plagued residents from Dallas to Kentucky.

Midwest, Plains Prepare for 'Ice Friday'

Freezing temperatures continue to sweep through the nation Friday.

Movie Review: 'Black Nativity' Safe Pick for Family Night

Looking for something to watch with your family this Christmas season? Try "Black Nativity," which is now out in theaters.

Maryland Nativity Scene Sparks Atheist Backlash

A Nativity scene in Hancock, Md., has sparked a backlash from atheists.

Generous Mystery Tipper Leaving 'TipsforJesus'

An anonymous diner has been leaving generous tips at restaurants across the country.

Idaho Child Dies in Fatal School Bus Collision

A young boy died Thursday when his school bus collided with a dump truck in Idaho's Canyon County on its way to Kuna Elementary School.

Martin Bashir Resigns over Defamatory Palin Remarks

In November, the MSNBC host suggested on air that someone should defecate in Palin's mouth, referring to a punishment that one slave-owner used in Jamaica in the 1700s.

Rockwell 'Saying Grace' Art Fetches Record $46M

An iconic Norman Rockwell painting about praying in public has been sold at auction for a record-setting $46 million.

South Carolina Schools Can Keep Prayer for Now

A South Carolina school district can continue to allow student-led prayer and hold school events in places of worship while a lawsuit over the issues continues.

'It's OK to Say Merry Christmas' Signs Pop Up Again

For the second year, Christmas signs have mysteriously popped up in Redmond, Wash., outside places like City Hall, schools, and local churches.

Plains, Midwest Wake to Coldest Weather in Decades

Most of the nation is waking up to a deadly blast of arctic weather Thursday, with fatal crashes reported across several states.

Drug Courts Helping Troubled Vets Off Streets

Drug problems and mental health issues haunt thousands of U.S. veterans, which sometimes leads to trouble with the law and landing them in jail.

TBN Plans Celebration Program on Paul Crouch's Life

The life of Trinity Broadcasting Network co-founder Paul Crouch will be celebrated publicly on television this coming week.

School Sued for Banning Student's Prayer Event Flyers

A Christian legal group says a school counselor violated a student's first amendment rights by stopping her from posting "See You at the Pole" flyers.

Edible Ginger Bread House Breaks World Record

It's the time of year for Christmas tree lightings, eggnog, Christmas carols, and record-breaking gingerbread houses.

Notre Dame Files Suit over Contraception Mandate

The University of Notre Dame has filed a lawsuit over Obamacare's contraception coverage mandate.


Uncle Contradicts Obama's Claim 'They Never Met'

President Barack Obama's uncle is contradicting the president's claim that the two men never met.

Live Nativity 'Reminder of Higher Authority' to Capitol Hill

Flanked by Congress on one side and the Supreme Court on the other, humans and animals gathered to celebrate Christ's birth with the living Nativity scene.

Arctic Cold Blasts Western States, Threatens Crops

A winter storm is bringing bitterly cold temperatures to the western half of the country.

Girl Banned from Selling Mistletoe, Told to Beg

An Oregon girl has been banned from selling mistletoe in a city park. The 11-year-old is raising money to help pay for braces.

Frustration Continues as Obamacare Site Keeps Failing

President Barack Obama has begun a new push to reshape public perception regarding his health care law while working behind the scenes to fix its problems.

NFL Bans Super Bowl Commercial for Gun Company

A commercial submitted to air for the Super Bowl was rejected because the NFL considers it too controversial.

ACLU Sues Catholic Bishops over Abortion Policies

The American Civil Liberties Union is suing the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops over its hospital ethics.

Illinois Unions: Pension Trimming Unfair

Retirees in Illinois are nervous as state lawmakers talk about trimming their pensions.

Giving Tuesday: CBN Partners Match All Donations

Cyber Monday was all about buying but today is "Giving Tuesday" and many charities and ministries are hoping to truly turn this into a season of giving.


Amazon's Future: Packages Delivered by Drones?

Congress wants to weigh in before online businesses, like Amazon, start using drones to deliver orders to your home.

Gay Couple Fights to Divorce in Miss., Despite Law

Gay activists are taking their fight to the next level by trying to force states to allow gay divorce, even if they don't allow gay marriage.

Group Urges Action over Botched Chemical Abortions

Botched chemical abortions from the pill RU-486 in Ohio have occurred in the cases of 42 babies, a pro-life group reports

Can You Trust Hollywood's Rating System?

With all the holiday movies coming out between now and the end of the year, parents have a lot to look at when it comes to what their children watch in the theaters.


Obama: $100 Million to Find Cure for HIV

President Barack Obama's administration plans redirect $100 million on a new initiative to find a cure for HIV.

Can You Trust Hollywood's Rating System?

With all the holiday movies coming out between now and the end of the year, parents have a lot to look at when it comes to what their children watch in the theaters.


Cardinal: Church 'Out-Marketed' on Gay Marriage

New York Cardinal Timothy Dolan says the American debate over gay marriage is not over, but the Catholic church may have been "out-marketed."

NYC Train Crash: 'People Were Thrown to the Other Side'

Federal authorities have begun their investigation into a deadly train crash in New York that killed four and injured more than 60, including the train's conductor.

Expectations Low for Obamacare Website Functionality

The White House says the Obamacare website, is now performing well, but some say that doesn't fix the real problem.


New Kids Bible App Teaches Timeless Truths

The creators of YouVersion, the popular free Bible app, have just released another free app geared at kids ages 4 through 10.