February 2014 Headlines

The Most Influential Musician in America?

You probably don't know his name, but you've surely heard his music.

'Son of God' a Love Story Beyond the Big Screen

Co-producers Roma Downey and Mark Burnett take the life of Jesus to the big screen with their new film "Son of God."

He Sought Allah But Found Jesus

Nabeel Qureshi grew up in a devout Muslim in the United States. But later he realized the Gospel could withstand rigorous scrutiny and Islam could not.

Flood of Funding to Make Noah's Ark a Reality

Americans will have their own full-sized version of Noah's Ark to visit. Hopefully, the big boat will eventually be surrounded by a biblically based theme park.

'My Brother's Keeper' Builds Bridge to Minority Boys

Many minority men these days find themselves in fatherless homes, a situation that often ends in disappointment and prison. But the president hopes to change that.

Californians Fear Flash Flooding, Mudslides

California is getting drenched with desperately needed rain after one of the worst droughts in years.

Taliban Hopeful Gets 15 Years for Failed Bomb Plot

A California man who plotted to blow up a bank last year has been sentenced to 15 years in federal prison.

Pastor: Ky. Gay Marriage Ruling Unconstitutional

A Kentucky pastor is calling a ruling forcing the commonwealth to recognize gay marriages from other states unconstitutional.

Arizona Governor Vetoes Faith Protections Bill

Arizona Gov. Jan Brewer vetoed a controversial bill that would have allowed businesses to refuse service to gays and lesbians on religious grounds.

Texas Traditional Marriage Law Struck Down

Texas is the latest state to have its voter-approved ban on same-sex marriage struck down by a federal judge.

Calling Black Missionaries: Reclaim Your Heritage

As many pause to celebrate a Black History Month, there's a call for Black Christians to reclaim their heritage on the mission field.

"CBN Flash Fun 'Son of God' Giveaway" Official Rules

CBN Flash Fun 'Son of God' Giveaway Official Rules.

Holder Hospitalized as Precaution for Faintness

The Justice Department says Attorney General Eric Holder has been taken to the hospital as a precaution after experiencing faintness and shortness of breath at work.

Military Families May Pay More for Bread, Milk

The nation's military families may pay a little more for bread and milk next year.

W. Virginia Closer to Banning Abortions after 20 Weeks

West Virginia's House of Representatives has passed legislation that bans abortion after 20 weeks.

Pocket Bible Saves Bus Driver in Shooting

Rickey Waggoner was only a few pages from death early Tuesday morning. The bus driver is crediting his Bible for saving his life in a gang-related shooting.

Restaurant Charges Extra to Comply with Obamacare

A Florida restaurant chain is charging customers more to help offset the cost of Obamacare.

Lawyers Argue Gay Marriage Harmful to Children

The Alliance Defending Freedom is making its case to defend traditional marriage in Oklahoma, arguing same-sex marriage is bad for children.

Rick Warren Tackles Mental Health after Son's Death

Pastor Rick Warren is taking on a new mental health ministry inspired by his personal tragedy.

'God's Purposes Working' as Tada's Oscar Nod Revoked

Many see the Academy's move as bigotry against the song and message. But Tada said she is hopeful that good will come from the controversy.

Hollywood Gets Religion at Movie Guide Awards

Hundreds of celebrities came out to celebrate faith and family friendly movies and TV shows at the 22nd annual Movie Guide Awards in Hollywood.

Government Snoops in Newsrooms Still a Threat?

The FCC has abandoned a plan to place government monitors in newsrooms and ask probing questions of news gatherers, at least for now.

Proposal to Shrink Military Raises Red Flags

Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel is recommending big cuts to the 2015 defense budget that would include shrinking the Army to its smallest size since 1940.

Pressure Mounts to Veto AZ Faith Protections Bill

Arizona Gov. Jan Brewer is under intense pressure to veto a measure that allows business owners to deny service to gays and lesbians on religious grounds.

'Six Californias' Plan One Step Closer to Ballot

California activists pushing to split the Golden State into six individual states got the green light from the state secretary.

Roadside Impaired Driving Survey Draws Fire

A government program that forces drivers to pull off the road and answer questions about their driving habits is sparking an outcry from motorists.

EPA's Climate Control Too Much for Americans?

Those believing federal agencies are abusing their constitutional limits were before the Supreme Court with another case to rein in one of those agencies.

Chattanooga, Birmingham Most 'Bible-Minded' Cities

Chattanooga, Tenn., is the most Bible-minded city in America, according to a new survey.

Pot Users Getting High on Colorado's Dime?

Now that it is legal to buy marijuana in Colorado, the state's Department of Human Services is worried people on welfare are using their benefits to buy the drug.

No Reprieve for Notre Dame on HHS Mandate

A federal appeals court has ruled against the University of Notre Dame in a lawsuit over the Obamacare contraception mandate.

No Wait for Same-Sex Marriage in Chicago

Gay couples in Chicago will be able to marry sooner than thought.

Feds Deny Water to CA Farmers

Many California farmers face one of the worst droughts in the state's history, taking a huge toll on the nation's most productive farming regions.

Big City Projects Fight 'Urban Blight'

Financial problems in many cities across the nation are taking a toll and many communities are coming up with creative ways to combat "urban blight."

Big Brother Invading the Newsroom?

Conservatives and some media analysts are speaking out against an FCC plan they say violates First Amendment guarantee of a free press.

Ripe Harvest: Church Planters Target I-29 Corridor

The Upper Midwest is one of the least-evangelized areas of the country. Now Christian leaders are trying a new campaign to spread the Gospel there.

Ex-Obama Official Backs Keystone Pipeline

A former Obama administration scientist is now throwing her support behind building the Keystone XL oil pipeline.

Roads with Eyes? New Sensors Could Track You

Computerized traffic monitoring systems will soon be able to watch virtually every aspect of life in big cities.

Ariz. Legislature Ok's Faith Protections Bill

The Arizona legislature has approved a measure that protects business owners who refuse to serve gays based on their religious beliefs.

Judge: NYPD Muslim Surveillance Program Lawful

The New York Police Department's surveillance of Muslims in New Jersey was a lawful path to prevent terrorism, a federal judge ruled Thursday.

Some States Weigh Raising Tobacco Age to 21

Two western states are considering cracking down on smokers by raising the tobacco age to 21.

Film Review: Avoid 'Pompeii,' Wait for 'Son of God'

Movie reviewer Bob Waliszewski recommended saving that trip to the theater for next weekend when "Son of God" opens.

Oregon AG Won't Defend Gay Marriage Ban

Another Democratic attorney general is refusing to defend a state ban on same-sex marriage. This time it's Oregon Attorney General Ellen Rosenblum

US Officials Warn of Airline Shoe Bomb Threat

For the second time in less than three weeks Homeland Security officials are warning about potential attempts to smuggle explosives onto airplanes.

Obamacare Forces Closure of Four Ga. Hospitals

Obamacare has now forced four hospitals in Georgia out of business. 

Keystone Pipeline Hits Roadblock in Nebraska

The Keystone Pipeline projects is facing another roadblock Thursday.

Pro-Gay Laws Spark Efforts to Guard Faith Freedoms

Several states are seeking to protect religious freedom in the wake of new laws legalizing gay marriage.

Fort Hood Demolishes Site of 2009 Massacre

The Fort Hood, Texas, military base has demolished the building where Army Maj. Nidal Hasan murdered 13 people and wounded 30 others in the name of Islam.

Restaurant Charges Obamacare Tax on Meals

The cost of insuring employees under the president's health care law is hurting many small businesses.

About Face: DHS Scraps Car Tracking Proposal

The Homeland Security Department has suddenly dropped plans to build a nationwide system to track license plates.

'Friday Night Tykes' Kids Show 'Disturbing'

A new reality show called "Friday Night Tykes" on the new Esquire cable channel is generating controversy.

Pro-Life Prodigy Battles to Save 'Culture of Life'

Lila Rose has become an emerging force in the pro-life movement. Staring down foes like Planned Parenthood, she's refused to back down in her battle to save the "culture of life."

Hollywood Wants Tax Cut to Stay in California

Hollywood is asking fans to help them get a tax break ... for themselves.

NM Judge Allows 'Right to Die' with Doctor's Help

A New Mexico judge has ruled that terminally ill patients can choose to end their lives with a doctor's help.

Ministry 'Main Focus' at Winter Jam 2014

The 2014 Winter Jam is touring the country, with their most recent stop scheduled Feb. 16 in Norfolk, Va.

Airplane Turbulence Hospitalizes Crew, Passengers

Severe turbulence jolted travelers Monday on a United Airlines flight from Denver to Billings, Mont.

Fmr. Abortion Nurse Abandons 'Evil' Industry

Marianne Anderson, a former nurse at a Planned Parenthood facility in Indianapolis, recently revealed what she called the "evil" of the abortion industry.

Religious Hostility Fueling Military Misconduct?

The Army kicked out more than 11,000 of enlisted soldiers last year over misconduct, including 387 officers.

Iowa State Removes Bibles from Campus Hotels

Iowa State University is removing Bibles from its campus hotel guest rooms in response to an atheist's complaint.

More Bad Weather Ahead for Midwest, New England

Forecasters are predicting more severe winter weather for the Midwest and New England Tuesday.

Deportation Fallout: Suffering Children Left Behind

Whether or not lawmakers reach a deal on immigration reform this year, one group is likely to suffer: the children of those deported.

Traditional Marriage Supporters Regroup after Defeats

In the wake of four rulings against traditional marriage, supporters are working to find ways to uphold it.

 

President's Day: Remembering Our 'Real Heroes'

Many see President's Day as a chance to find holiday shopping deals. But Brad Meltzer says it's also a time to teach kids about real heroes with patriotic values.

Pa. Woman Confesses to Satanic Cult Killings

A Pennsylvania woman confessed to killing at least 22 people from Alaska to North Carolina in the last six years.

Operation Blessing Helps Dig Out NC Residents

CBN's Operation Blessing U.S. Disaster Relief teams spent the weekend in North Carolina helping residents dig out after the recent ice and snow storm.

Extreme Weather Fires Up Global Warming Debate

From brutal blizzards in the East and South to the drought in the West, this winter's extremes are bringing back a heated debate on what's really to blame for the bad weather.

Red Rocks Taking the Church into Sports

Red Rocks Sports Ministry believes in making sure you're not just physically fit, but spiritually fit. They are building the Church by building community through sports.

Gay Marriage Rulings Hurting Voter Confidence?

Virginia is the latest in a wave of states to have a judge overturn its voter-approved ban on same-sex marriage.

Spiritual Intimacy a Marriage 'Game Changer'

This Valentine's Day when the world is emphasizing romance, Sam and Vicki Ingrassia are teaching couples how to increase their passion for each other and God by improving their spiritual relationship.

'Endless Love,' 'Winter's Tale' Hit Theaters

Two new romantic movies are debuting just in time for Valentine's Day in theaters across the nation.

FBI Raids 'Machine Gun' Preacher's Home

Sam Childers, the man known as the "Machine Gun Preacher," is the subject of a possible federal investigation as FBI agents recently raided his home and ministry headquarters.

Amish Family Wins Fight to Avoid Chemo

An 11-year-old Amish girl fighting Leukemia can finally return to her Ohio home.

 

Get Her a Gun for Valentines Day?

For Valentines Day this year, maybe it's time to think outside the box.

Facebook Offers 'Custom' Gender Choice

Facebook users don't have to be just "male" or "female" anymore. The social media site has now added a "custom" choice to the gender option menu.

Court Strikes Down Calif. Concealed-Carry Rules

The 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals has struck has down California's concealed weapons law.

'Not Again!' Northeast Braces for More Bad Weather

The deadly winter storm that paralyzed the East Coast is still plaguing parts of the region. At least 21 deaths have been attributed to the treacherous weather.

CBN News Valentine Giveaway

It is Valentine's Day weekend in the United States and many countries around the world celebrate by focusing on love and those who mean the most to us.

After Fears, Carman Tells Fans He's Cancer Free

Christian musician Carman Domenic Licciardello, known to fans simply as Carman, says he's cancer free.

Boy Scouts of America Sees Dip in Membership

The Boy Scouts of America said its membership fell by 6 percent last year.

Ky. Forced to Recognize Out-of-State Gay Marriages

Kentucky has been ordered to recognize gay marriages from other states

Healthcare Conscience Bill Set to Pass Mo. House

A healthcare conscience bill is being endorsed by a large majority in Missouri's House of Representatives.

Winter Mess: South Wakes to Snow, Freezing Rain

This latest round of winter weather has claimed the lives of at least a dozen people across the South.

Deep South in Crosshairs of 'Historic' Storm

Millions from the Deep South to the mid-Atlantic are preparing again for extreme weather. Forecasters say snow and ice could cripple cities and endanger lives.

Boys Make 'Deal with Devil' in Girl's Killing

Prosecutors say two teenage boys were making a deal with the devil when they sexually assaulted and then killed a 15-year-old girl from Houston.

Rev. Robert Schuller's Wife Dies at 84

Arvella Schuller, wife of Robert H. Schuller, has died at the age of 84.

Feds Shut Down US-Mexico Drug Smuggling Tunnel

Federal agents have discovered a very long drug-smuggling tunnel under the U.S.-Mexico border.

Court Hears Challenge to Texas Gay Marriage Ban

Texas' voter-approved amendment banning gay marriage is being challenged Wednesday in federal court.

Shirley Temple Dies at 85 of Natural Causes

Iconic child movie star Shirley Temple Black died Monday, according to publicist Cheryl Kagan. She was 85 years old.

Southeast Braces for Second Crippling Snow Storm

The Southeast is bracing for another winter storm, with substantial snow and ice expected to cripple the region.

Egyptians See Simmering Insurgency Heating Up

Some Egyptians are beginning to accuse the military of oppressive tactics and blame them for fueling a jihadist insurgency in retaliation for Morsi's ouster.

Man Gets 30 Years in 'Fast and Furious' Death

After three years, a Mexican national has been convicted for the shooting death of Border Patrol Agent Brian A. Terry.

Marriage Battles Heat Up in Idaho, Utah, Nev.,Okla.

Battles over same-sex marriage are building across the country.

Hobby Lobby Files Sup. Court Brief over HHS Mandate

Craft store giant Hobby Lobby is filing a Supreme Court brief today over the Obamacare contraception mandate.

Arsenic Spike in Dan River Dangerous after Ash Spill

Environmental officials in North Carolina are warning residents to avoid the Dan River after a coal burning power plant leaked tons of ash into the water.

Outages Persist as Wild Weather Hits Coast to Coast

From flooding in the West to brutal snow and ice in the East, many Americans have been dealing with lost power and dangerous conditions.

Millions Falling Through Obamacare Coverage Gap

People are continuing to have issues with President Barack Obama's Affordable Health Care program, with millions finding themselves in a coverage catch-22.

Holder: Justice Dept. Will Fully Recognize Gay Marriage

The Justice Department will recognize same-sex marriages "to the greatest extent possible under the law," U.S. Attorney U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder said.

Preschoolers Send Valentines to US Troops

Some Vermont preschoolers are already preparing for Valentine's Day, making special cards for a very deserving valentine - a soldier serving in Afghanistan.

Group: Abortion Death Settlement 'Hush Money'

The pro-life Thomas More Society is condemning Planned Parenthood's payment of $2 million to the family of a botched abortion victim Tonya Reaves, calling it "hush money."

Beyond Race: When Two Churches Became One

Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., called Sunday morning the most segregated time of the week. But one New Orleans congregation is showing how diversity makes it stronger.

Parents to Blame for Your Poor Love Life?

A new study says your challenges might be directly related to a poor relationship with your parents during your adolescent years.

Report: 2013 Best Year for Charitable Giving

The year 2013 was the best for non-profit fundraising since the Great Recession, according to Blackbaud's Charitable Giving Report.

'Young Invincibles' Choosing Fine over Obamacare

The Obama administration is aggressively pursuing young, healthy adults to enroll in Obmacare ahead of the March 31 deadline.

In the Shadow of Reagan's 'Time for Choosing'

Ronald Reagan explained what was at stake in a now-famous speech urging the public to elect Sen. Barry Goldwater as president.

You Are a Prize! CBN's Wendy Griffith on Not Settling

CBN's Wendy Griffith shares with co-anchor Mark Martin about moving on after heartbreak and why you are worth an "I love you, period!"

Lackluster Job Report Concerns Analysts

The U.S. economy added 113,000 jobs in January, according to a report the Labor Department released Friday.

'Lego Movie' Adventure Film for Family Fun

"The Lego Movie" hits theaters this weekend, inviting families to enjoy an adventure film together without worrying about shielding young eyes.

ACLU Sues Over Cross on LA County Seal

The American Civil Liberties Union is suing the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors over its decision to restore a cross to the county's official seal.

Mid-Atlantic Blackout: Half Million Still in Dark

Nearly half a million residents in Pennsylvania and Maryland are still without power after a major snow and ice storm hit the mid-Atlantic this week.

Evangelical Group: Common Core 'Biblical Justice'

The fight over national education standards intensified Wednesday with the endorsement of a national evangelical organization.

California Change Therapy Ban on Hold for Now

A California law banning change therapy for minor patients seeking relief from same-sex attraction is on hold, for now.

Calif. Abortion Rate at Lowest Level in 20 Years

More pregnant women in California are choosing to keep their babies, according to a new study from the Guttmacher Institute.

Military Scandals Prompt Renewed Focus on Ethics

Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel is ordering his commanders to put greater emphasis on developing moral character in America's Armed Forces.

Bitter Winter Weather Battering the Northeast

A relentless and bitter winter is battering the Northeast, with two major storms hitting in a span of two weeks. Now a third is on the way.

Brace Yourself: How to 'Beat' Obamacare

Author Betsy McCaughey, a public policy expert who has read every page of Obamacare, spells out how to brace yourself in her book, Beating Obamacare 2014.

Snow, Ice: Second Storm Pounds Midwest, Northeast

The latest winter storm to hit the nation is delivering a triple whammy Wednesday: snow, ice, and rain.

Judge Vows Quick Ruling on Va. Gay Marriage Ban

A federal judge in Norfolk heard arguments this week on whether the state's voter-approved ban on same-sex marriage is constitutional.

New Kind of Evangelism Transforming Boston

Fewer Christians live in Boston than any other part of the U.S., and past efforts to evangelize that region have failed. But a new kind of evangelism is changing that.

States Seek to Tighten Reigns on Gov't Surveillance

State lawmakers are sending a message to the federal government and local law enforcement: stop spying on private citizens.

Facebook Read More Than the Bible

Facebook is more popular than the Bible in America, according to a new study.

Feds: Talking Cars 'Game-Changer' for Road Safety

A wave of the future is hitting the automobile industry in the form of talking cars.

FBI Rescues 16 Kids in Super Bowl Trafficking Sting

The FBI rescued 16 children who were sold for sex during the Super Bowl.

Retired Teacher Travels US Giving Socks to Homeless

Tom McNamara is a retired special education teacher, now known as "The Sock Man," because he gives thousands of socks to the homeless.

More Icy Weather Ahead for Midwest, Northeast

Just as the East Coast is thawing out from last week's winter storm, half of the country is getting ready for another round of icy weather.

Judge Hears Virginia Gay Marriage Ban Case

A federal judge in Norfolk, Va., will consider Tuesday whether the state's ban on same-sex marriage is constitutional.

Seahawks Quarterback on Win: 'God Is So Good'

Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson not only led his team to a Super Bowl victory, but afterward led fellow Christians to pray on the field, giving glory to God.

State Dept. Report Ammo for XL Pipeline Advocates

Republicans and some Democrats are calling on President Barack Obama to approve the Keystone XL oil pipeline.

Abortion Rate at Lowest Level in Four Decades

The abortion rate has dropped to its lowest level since 1973, according to a new report from the Guttmacher Institute, the research arm of Planned Parenthood.

California Drought Triggers Record Water Shortage

A historic drought in California has led to the worst water shortage in more than a century. It's affecting residents, farmers, and soon possibly even the rest of the country.

Family, Fans Mourn Actor Philip Seymour Hoffman

Award-winning actor Philip Seymour Hoffman was found dead Sunday in his apartment in the West Village neighborhood of Manhattan. He was 46.