January 2014 Headlines

Oil Boom! North Dakota Sees 'Black Gold' Rush

When you think of North Dakota, you might not picture a land of prosperity. But that's exactly what's happening there, thanks to a huge oil boom.

Christian Iraqi: American Is Who I Became

In Iraq, churches are under attack from Islamic radicals. One Iraqi Christian fled to America, but her heart remains with her persecuted brothers and sisters.

Former NFL Player Challenges Men to Be Role Models

Sunday is the Super Bowl, but former NFL quarterback Jeff Kemp has his eye on an event the day before.

Who's to Blame? Lessons from Atlanta Snow Storm

Georgia's governor, along with other state officials, apologized for not shutting down the capital before the snow storm hit, saying "the buck stops with me."

South Dakota Lawmakers Reject Clergy Rights Bill

Lawmakers in South Dakota have rejected a measure that would have protected clergy and religious groups who oppose gay marriage.

Faith and the Super Bowl: A Higher Prize

CBN Sports Reporter Shawn Brown is in New Jersey talking faith with the NFL's best as they prepare for Super Bowl XLVIII.

'Labor Day' Not Best Choice for Families

With half the country coming out of the winter storm, a trip to the movies this weekend might be just what families need to get out of the house.

Texas Ed Board Votes on Textbook Review Rules

The Texas Board of Education is voting on proposals to restrict who can serve on the panels that scrutinize the books used in Texas schools.

Prosecutors Seek Death Penalty for Boston Suspect

Federal prosecutors said they will seek the death penalty for Boston Marathon bombing suspect Dzhokhar Tsarnaev.

Southern Baptists Leaders Will Host Summit on Sex

Southern Baptist Convention leaders will host a summit in Nashville in April focusing on sex.

'Life of a King' Shows the Saving Power of Chess

The American teen murder rate has driven one man to spend more than 30 years saving lives through chess. Cuba Gooding Jr. got the honor of telling his story.

Finger Pointing Begins after Storm Cripples Atlanta

The blame game has begun in Atlanta after a rare snow and ice storm brought Georgia's capital city to a screeching halt.

Top Military Chaplains Deny Faith Discrimination

The military's top chaplains say members of the Armed Forces are free to share their religious faith with others, with some restrictions.

Obama's SOTU Address Gets Record-Low Ratings

President Barack Obama's State of the Union speech Tuesday night got the lowest ratings in 14 years.

Oscar Nomination Revoked for Faith-Based Song

The Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences has rescinded its Oscar nomination for a song in the faith-based film, "Alone But Not Alone."

Police Search Gun Owner's Car with No Explanation

An unarmed gun owner is still looking for answers after a bizarre traffic stop in Maryland during the Christmas holiday season.

Kansas, Idaho Mull Religious Protections Bill

Traditional marriage supporters in Kansas and Idaho are urging legislators to approve protections for business owners who refuse services for same-sex weddings.

Rare Storm Buries Southern States, Freezes Traffic

Residents from the Gulf Coast to New Jersey are still digging out from a winter storm that paralyzed traffic, stranded drivers, and left at least three people dead.

Military Chaplains Punished for Marriage Beliefs

U.S. military chaplains and Christian service members are being punished for their beliefs on traditional marriage, according to the Chaplain Alliance for Religious Liberty.

NFL's Super Kid Winner: 'God Can Make Miracles'

A 9-year-old Virginia boy will be living a dream this Super Bowl Sunday.

Americans Pessimistic about the Nation's Future

More than 60 percent say the country is heading in the wrong direction, a new NBC/Wall Street Journal poll shows.

Utah Marriage Fight Could Head to the Supreme Court

Hundreds of supporters and opponents of same-sex marriage held rallies at Utah's State Capitol Tuesday.

Carman Posts He's 'Really Worried' about His Health

Christian musician Carman Domenic Licciardello, known to fans simply as Carman, has posted an update on Facebook about his fight with cancer., saying  he is really concerned.

Wicked Winter Storm Freezes Traffic in Deep South

A major winter storm hitting the Deep South wreaked as schools let out early and commuters hit the roads early to get home safely before the storm began.

New Bills in SD Protect Faith-Based Business

Two new measures in South Dakota aim to protect pastors and businesses who refuse to take part in gay weddings.

Super Bowl: N.J. Preps to Combat Trafficking

On Monday, a congressional committee held a hearing on human trafficking at major sporting events and what is being done to combat the problem.

Lawyer: Brain-Dead Pregnant Woman Case ‘Sad’

The family of a brain-dead, pregnant Texas woman says she has been removed from life support following a judge's ruling that a Fort Worth hospital was misapplying state law in the case.

Half of U.S. Frozen Again by Arctic Front

Another arctic blast is freezing residents in almost half of the United States.

Nuns Granted Injunction against HHS Mandate

The U.S. Supreme Court has issued an injunction protecting the Little Sisters of the Poor Home for the Aged from having to provide contraceptive coverage.

'Gimme Shelter' Shows the Saving Power of Hope

Vanessa Hudgens stars as a desperate, pregnant teen in the new movie "Gimme Shelter," set to release nationwide Jan. 24. The film portrays its pro-life message by showing, not preaching.

Seth and Nirva Debut Album 'I Need You'

A new phase of life has the duo set to take the spotlight in their own right with a debut project called "I Need You."

Oregon: Bakery Violated Rights of Gay Couple

Oregon officials have ruled that a Christian bakery violated the civil rights of a gay couple by refusing to bake a wedding cake for them on religious grounds.

Supporters Rally Behind Pastor Held in Trafficking Case

Ohio Pastor Tom Randall is being held in a Filippino prison in connection with a human trafficking case at an orphanage he founded.

Olympic Contestants Warned Against Wearing 'USA' Attire

The United States is cautioning Olympic athletes against wearing team USA clothes at the upcoming Sochi games.

Md. Mall Gunman Had No Criminal Record

The gunman who shot two people to death at a Maryland shopping mall had no criminal record, police said Sunday.

School Chiefs: Common Core Won't Risk Privacy

A group of state school officials said new Common Core standards won't put students' privacy at risk.

Target Drops Health Plans for Part-Time Workers

Target is dropping its healthcare plan for part-time employees, urging them to sign up for Obamacare instead.

March for Life Pushes the 'Adoption Option'

Although Washington temperatures were near zero, multitudes of pro-lifers still showed up for the annual March for Life. This year's theme: adoption.

Legalized Abortion: Why Roe Was Not Inevitable

According to one attorney, Roe v. Wade came after intense behind-the-scenes lobbying by four liberal justices bent on sweeping away abortion restrictions.

Deadly Cold Continues to Grip Midwest, Northeast

Bone-chilling cold is crippling the Midwest and Northeast Thursday, with at least two dozen states under wind chill warnings or advisories.

Va. Won't Defend 'Unconstitutional' Gay Marriage Ban

Virginia's attorney general said the state's ban on gay marriage is unconstitutional and he will no longer defend it in federal lawsuits challenging it.

Congress Helps Fund Faith-Based Prison Reform

Congress has included a measure in the 2014 budget to study reforms in the federal corrections system.

Number of Uninsured Americans Drops in January

The nation's uninsured rate has dropped slightly this month, according to a new Gallup survey.

Most Unimpressed with Obama's Job Performance

Entering the sixth year of Barack Obama's presidency, the majority of Americans are less than impressed by their commander in chief's performance.

Winter Weather Threatens to Put Super Bowl on Ice

The football industry is bracing for the impact of the cold conditions. For the first time ever the NFL is suggesting the date of the Super Bowl could be moved.

Bone-Chilling Cold Creates Havoc on East Coast

Millions are digging out of a winter wonderland Wednesday. Record-breaking snow forced New York and New Jersey to declare a states of emergency.

March for Life Goes On Despite Winter Storm

March for Life organizers say the Jan. 22 event will go on as scheduled despite the winter storm pounding the nation's capital. The year's theme: adoption.

Faith-Based Song Included in Oscar Nominations

Heading to the Oscars this year is the faith-based film "Alone Yet Not Alone," making it one of the big surprises of this year's Academy award season.

Snow, Arctic Cold Sweep Midwest, Eastern US

A massive winter storm is hammering the eastern part of the country Tuesday.

'Duck Dynasty' Inspires School Prayer Clubs

The reality TV show "Duck Dynasty" is inspiring students to pray in schools across the country, according to 16-year-old "Dynasty" star Sadie Robertson.

Critics: Obama's Pot Remarks Downplays Drug's Harm

President Barack Obama recently said he does not believe pot is more dangerous than alcohol.

Fmr Va. Gov. McDonnell Indicted on Corruption Charges

Former Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell and his wife have been indicted on federal corruption charges, a spokesman for the U.S. Justice Department said.

Passion Conference Draws 20,000 Students

About 20,000 students flooded Atlanta's Phillips Arena this weekend for the annual Passion Conference, and they didn't come empty handed.

Remembrance Stirs Debate on MLK's Forgotten Values

In a time when abortion and same-sex marriage are increasingly accepted, some people have become more vocal about Martin Luther King's conservative values.

Iconic Cross Still Standing after Engulfed by Wildfire

Wildfires in Southern California have claimed at least 1,700 acres and destroyed at least six homes. But amid the flames, one iconic structure is still standing.

Pennsylvania Judge Strikes Down Voter ID Law

A Pennsylvania judge has struck down a nearly 2-year-old voter ID law.

Smoking More Dangerous Than We Thought

Smoking is a lot more dangerous for you than previously thought, according to a new report from the U.S. Surgeon General.

'Nut Job' Make the Leap to Family Friendly?

Open Road Films' new animated movie "The Nut Job" hits theaters across the nation Friday. Which film is worth taking your family to the theater this weekend?

Life of a King: Redemption of Felon Turned Chess Pro

"Life of a King," a powerful film on the real-life redemption of ex-felon turned chess champion Eugene Brown, hits theaters in limited release Friday.   

Ariz. State Senator Promotes Faith Protections Bill

An Arizona state senator hopes a revised bill protecting religious freedom will become law this year. 

Teacher to 1st Grader: No Bible Talk Allowed

Children as young as elementary school age are having to deal with the oppression of their religious freedom.

Justices Weigh Abortion 'Bubble Zone' Law

The Supreme Court is considering whether it is legal for states to set up zones around abortion clinics where pro-life activists aren't allowed to speak against abortion.

Dozens Charged for Cheating on Air Force Nuke Exam

The U.S. Air Force is investigating dozens of officers accused of cheating on a nuclear proficiency exam.

Senate Bill Would Curb Access to Student Data

Lawmakers in Washington will soon consider safeguards to protect student data from being shared with education vendors.

Wisconsin U. Removes Bibles from School Lodge

The University of Wisconsin has removed Bibles from the 137 guest rooms of its lodging facility after a guest complained to the Freedom From Religion Foundation.

Movie-Goers Want Faith Friendly Films

Two new studies show movie-goers prefer films with a Christian worldview.

Will Religious Liberty Survive in America?

As America marked Religious Freedom Day, Thursday, some questioned whether these liberties will continue to exist as society turns increasingly progressive.

Nursing Home Fulfills Women's Lifelong Dream

Anna Heath and Ann Doran lived their whole lives with their feet on the ground. That changed recently when the elderly ladies took their first flight.

Obama Pushes to Help Low-Income Kids Go to College

President Barack Obama is pushing for more access to higher education for low-income students.

Judge: Okla. Gay Marriage Ban Unconstitutional

A federal judge has struck down Oklahoma's gay marriage ban, ruling that it violates the U.S. Constitution.

Target Data Breach Fallout: Tax Refunds at Risk?

Identity theft is getting worse, and some say the recent breach at Target could be just the beginning of a surge in credit card thefts.

Relief Workers Provide Water to W. Va. Residents

Members of CBN's Operation Blessing Disaster Relief Team are continuing relief efforts in Charleston, W. Va., after a chemical leak made water unusable for 300,000 people.

Water Restrictions Lifted for Third of W. Virginians

Safe water is once again flowing in parts of West Virginia Tuesday.

Not Enough Young People Signing Up for Obamacare

Not enough young people have signed up for Obamacare, according to government figures released Monday.

High Court Won't Hear Ariz. Abortion Ban Challenge

The U.S. Supreme Court won't hear a case challenging Arizona's 20-week abortion ban.

Battle Heats Up Over Pregnant Woman's Life-Support

A Texas battle over whether or not keep a pregnant woman on life support is drawing national attention.

Wounded Warriors Cycle, Bond and Inspire

Soldiers sacrifice a lot for our country, and after serving overseas it's not always easy to adapt to normal life.

'Lone Survivor' Movie Tops Box Office

The Navy SEAL drama "Lone Survivor" topped the box office this weekend.

End in Sight for West Virginia's Water Crisis

Five days after a toxic chemical spilled into West Virginia's water system, residents may soon be able to use their tap water again.

Severe Storms, Floods Plague East Coast

Wild weather is sweeping the country following last weeks deep freeze.

Fed Gov't Will Recognize Utah's Same-Sex Marriages

The federal government will recognize all of the same sex-marriages performed in Utah.

Carolina Panthers Legend Steve Smith Leading by Example

Carolina Panthers' all-time leading receiver talks with CBN Sports about embracing his leadership role on an NFL team.

December Disappointing for Unemployment Numbers

U.S. employers added 74,000 jobs in December - the fewest in three years.

Church Donates Record $1M for Bible Translations

A church in Indiana has donated more than $1 million to fund new translations of the Bible, the largest donation ever from a single congregation.

W. Va. City in State of Emergency after Chem Spill

Nine West Virginia counties are in a state of emergency following Thursday's chemical spill in the Elk River in the state's capital.

Coast Guard Swimmers Test Boundaries of Courage

Coast Guard rescue swimmers have an extremely important job. If they're not trained properly, it can mean the difference between life and death.

More Pregnant Couples Shacking Up Then Marrying

More unmarried Americans are moving in together as a result of pregnancy instead of getting married.

Nation of Criminals: Three Strikes on the Way Out?

Imagine getting a life sentence for stealing pizza. It's happened under three strikes laws. They're meant to nab violent criminals, but some say they're creating a mess.

Los Angeles Moves to Restore Cross to County Seal

Los Angeles County has approved putting a cross back on its official seal after it was removed 10 years ago.

Frozen Nation: Vortex Loosens Grip on US

The polar vortex has been far from kind to the United States, turning most of the nation into an ice locker.

Lou Dobbs: Face It, America's in Deep Trouble

Outspoken television host Lou Dobbs says America has lost its moorings. He offers a prescription to get the country back on track.

Satanists Reveal New Statue for OK Capitol

A group of Satanists are moving forward with a proposal to place a Satanic monument on the Oklahoma Statehouse steps.

Pro-Lifers Fight to Burst Bubble Zone Law

Massachusetts forbids abortion protestors from getting within 35 feet of an abortion clinic. Pro-lifers say the law is keeping them from saving lives.

 

 

Panel: 'Can Texas Enforce Abortion Laws?'

The future of Texas' tough new abortion regulations is now in the hands of a federal appeals court.

Supreme Court Won't Grant Doctors' Obamacare Stay

The U.S. Supreme Court has denied a request from a group of doctors to block the implementation of Obamacare.

New York Gov. Cuomo Calls for $2.2B in Tax Cuts

New York's Democratic governor is calling for $2.2 billion in tax cuts.

Judge Strikes Down Chicago Gun Sale Ban

A federal judge has struck down Chicago's ban on gun sales, ruling it unconstitutional.

'Colder Than Moscow:' Arctic Temps Spread South

More than 200 million Americans from Montana to Alabama are bundling up Tuesday as they face dangerously cold temperatures.

N.J. Doubles Efforts against Super Bowl Sex Trafficking

Authorities in New Jersey are doubling their efforts against sex-trafficking ahead of next month's Super Bowl.

CA Must Count Petition Challenging Transgender Law

A California judge has ruled in favor of validating thousands of signatures on a pro-family petition challenging that state's new transgender law.

Predator Haven? Church Tackles Child Abuse

Instead of a sanctuary, child sexual abuse experts say church can be dangerous for kids and provide a friendly environment for predators.

Spy Court: NSA Can Keep Collecting Phone Records

A U.S. spy court has ruled that the NSA can keep collecting Americans' phone records. The approval comes after two conflicting court decisions on the program's constitutionality.

Polar Vortex Puts Midwest in Deep Freeze

Much of the nation is bracing for the second major winter blast of 2014 - this time in the form of record-breaking cold.

How to Have a Highly Happy Marriage

Can you really be happy in your marriage? Harvard-trained researcher shows the few key attitudes and actions show about really satisfied husbands and wives.

US Icebreaker to Rescue Antarctica Ships

A Coast Guard icebreaker is leaving Australia to help rescue more than 120 crew member aboard two tapped icebreakers in Antarctica.

Obama Admin. Urges Enforcing Mandate on Nuns

The Obama administration is opposing a ruling from the nation's highest court that temporarily exempts some religious-based groups from the new contraception mandate.

Historic Freeze in the Midwest

Deep freeze could break records across the Midwest.

California Going to Pot, Legally?

Colorado kicked off the new year by allowing legalized recreational marijuana. Now some in California are pushing to do the same.

Plans to Prep Women for Combat Hit Snag

More than 50 percent of female Marines in boot camp can't meet the new minimum standard of three pull-ups, so the Marine Corps is now delaying the requirement.

White House Chef Dishes Secrets in New Cook Book

Author Chef John Moeller, who worked in the White House kitchen for more than a decade, talks about recipes and presidential preferences in his new cook book.

Northeast Blizzard Not Letting Up Anytime Soon

Dangerous winter weather in the Midwest and Northeast is blamed for at least 11 deaths, thousands of canceled flights, and difficult travel on roads and highways.

Thousands Flock to Colorado's New Legal Pot Stores

It is now legal to buy marijuana for recreational purpose in Colorado.At least two dozen pot shops opened in eight towns on Jan. 1., with thousands flocking to buy the drug.

Plungers Take Icy Dip for Homeless Pups

People from around the world gathered in Pennsylvania to take a dip in the Susquehanna river for this year's penguin plunge.

Gold Sees Worst Price Drop in 32 Years

Wall Street remains bullish on stocks for the new year so far but investors are less enthusiastic about Gold.

Gay Couple Married Aboard Rose Parade Float

This year's Rose Parade in California included a shocking sight for some traditional families.

 

Gay Scout Policy Underway, Alternatives Offered

The Boy Scouts of America is kicking off their new policy allowing openly gay scouts.
   

Dangerously Cold Weather Crosses Country

From the Midwest to the Northeast people are starting off the New Year thinking about snow.

Pot Shops Open and Legal in Colorado

It is now legal to buy marijuana for recreational purposes in Colorado.

GED Revamped to Meet Modern Requirements

The "GED" High School Equivalence test has undergone major changes.

MSNBC Host Apologizes for Romney Baby Jokes

MSNBC host Melissa Harris-Perry apologized to Mitt Romney and his family for joking about a Christmas picture that showed his adopted African-American grandson.

New Drone Testing Coming to a State Near You?

The government will soon start conducting drone testing across six different states.

DuBois Felt Alone Advocating for Religious Liberty

President Barack Obama's former pastor-in-chief, Joshua DuBois, is sharing his thoughts on the controversial birth control mandate in Obamacare.

Traditional Marriage Under Scrutiny in Utah Courts

A federal ruling that decriminalizes polygamy in Utah is being criticized by the Southern Baptist Convention.

Record Number of Abortion Clinics Closed in 2013

According to a survey by the pro-life organization Operation Rescue, a record number of surgical abortion clinics in the United States closed in 2013.