March 2014 Headlines

Power Grid: Target in 'New Attack on America'?

If America's power grid went down, the results could be catastrophic. A recent military-style attack is sending a red flag at just how easily this could happen.

'Persecuted' Not Just a Movie But a Movement

A member of Congress frames a nationally known evangelist for murder because he tries to block sweeping reform. That's the plot for a new political thriller, "Persecuted."

‘Heaven Is for Real’ to Join Box Office Hits?

The highly anticipated "Heaven is for Real" tells the true story of how 4-year-old Colton Burpo had a near death experience and later told of how he had been to heaven.

Divine Fingerprint Points to Your Unique Purpose

In a time when so many people don't know why they're even alive, Texas Pastor Keith Craft says each person can find a divine purpose uniquely their own.

Famous Ex-Vietnam POW Jeremiah Denton Dies

An American hero of the Vietnam War died Friday. Jeremiah Denton was a rear admiral and Naval aviator in the U.S. Navy.

Maryland Drops $125M Obamacare Exchange Site

Maryland has decided to abandon its expensive state-run health care website, which was created to comply with Obamacare.

Yellowstone Quake Follows 5.1 Los Angeles Temblor

The 4.8 earthquake that struck Wyoming's Yellowstone National Park Saturday is the strongest seen since 1980, according to the U.S. Geological Survey.

Wash. Church a 'Beacon of Healing' after Mudslide

The Oso Community Chapel held Sunday services for the first time since last week's mudslide. Church members have been working non-stop to help with relief efforts.

Drought, Harsh Winters Spike Up Food Prices

A devastating drought and the harsh winter is costing Americans more at the dinner table. From meat to fruit and vegetables, the cost of food is on the rise.

Scripture to Screen: 'Noah' Sparks Controversy, Talk

'Noah' is the latest wave in a flood of faith films riding high at the box office. But is the story really true to biblical themes or just an environmental crusade?

Fifth Circuit Upholds Texas Pro-life Law

The U.S. 5th Circuit Court of Appeals upheld a Texas law enacted last summer, protecting women and unborn children from unprincipled abortion providers.

Ga. Catholic Groups Score Win in HHS Mandate Fight

A federal judge ruled the government can't enforce Obamacare's contraception mandate against certain non-profit organizations in Georgia affiliated with the Catholic church.

AG Holder: Feds Will Recognize Mich. Gay Marriages

U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder has extended federal marriage recognition to the more than 300 gay couples that wed in Michigan last weekend.

Wash. Town Mayor: 'Our Community Is Devastated'

Days after a massive wall of mud slammed into a small community near Oso, Wash., evidence has emerged the area was prone to a catastrophic landslide.

Firm Fights to Revive Vote against Co-Ed Bathrooms

A Christian law firm is challenging California election officials over a petition to vote on the state's co-ed bathroom bill.

Billboard Challenges Air Force's 'God-less' Oath

Religious freedom advocates have posted a billboard challenging the Air Force Academy's decision to remove the phrase "so help me God" from the cadet oath of office.

More Snow: Old Man Winter Muscles in on Spring

The calendar may say it's spring, but Old Man Winter is still hanging on, causing hardship for much of the nation.

Pro-Lifers Fear Implications of a Hobby Lobby Loss

Craft store chain Hobby Lobby petitioned the Supreme Court to grant them an exemption from the Affordable Care Act's birth control coverage mandate.

Washington Mudslide Rescuers Face Daunting Task

Rescue workers in Washington state found themselves wading through mud so thick geologists say it's like adding hundreds of pounds on each leg.

World Vision Reverses Policy on Hiring Gays

Christian charity World Vision has reversed its policy change on hiring applicants in same sex marriage, just days after announcing they would accept them.

Indiana First State to Reject Common Core

Indiana is the first state to reject the federal Common Core education standards.

Bake or Else! Wedding Vendors Face Threats to Liberty

Baker Jack Phillips joins a number of wedding vendors who say they'd rather lose their business than violate their beliefs by serving gay weddings.

Atheists Demand Gov. Walker Remove Religious Tweet

A new Lifeway Research poll shows 54 percent of Americans think religious liberty is on the decline. Another instance of such decline is playing out in Wisconsin.

 

Death Toll Rising in Washington State Mudslide

The death toll from the mudslide in Washington state is continuing to climb Tuesday, with at least 14 people confirmed dead and more than 100 missing.

Two Dead in Virginia Naval Base Shooting

A man opened fire Monday night at the world's largest naval base in Norfolk, Va., killing two people.

Hope Dims as Wash. Landslide Search Continues

Rescue workers continued to search Monday for survivors of the massive mudslide in Washington state that left at least eight people dead.

Flood Insurance Costs Creating 'Ghost Towns'

Rising costs of flood insurance are raising an alarm for property owners leaving 1 million policy holders at the mercy of both natural and political forces.

US Beefs Up Search for Ugandan Warlord Kony

The United States is stepping up efforts to find fugitive Ugandan warlord Joseph Kony, doubling the number of airmen and special ops troops.

Obama Proposes End to NSA Data Collection

The White House wants to end the National Security Agency's program of collecting and storing data on Americans' phone calls.

Texas Oil Spill Shuts Down Major Shipping Channel

One of the busiest sea shipping routes in the country is closed Monday after two ships collided in the Houston Ship Channel.

Gay Marriage Put On Hold in Michigan

A federal appeals court has temporarily stopped the distribution of marriage licenses to gay couples in Michigan.

From Jesus to Bieber, NY Pastor Makes Church Trendy

Every Sunday thousands flock to Hillsong Church in NYC, but it's not your typical church. It is complete with strobe lights and an unconventional leader -- Carl Lentz. 

'Noah' Environmental Crusade or Redemptive Story?

Several Arab countries moved to ban the movie because of their Islamic faith. And some Christians have criticized it, calling it an environmental crusade.

Actor: Personal Crisis Reason for 'God's Not Dead'

"God's Not Dead" director Harold Cronk said the story-line is based in reality.

Obamacare May Prompt Americans to Work Less

Federal experts estimate that within 10 years, some 2.5 million Americans may consider quitting their jobs or working fewer hours.

Jury: UNC Retaliated against Christian Professor

A jury has sided with a UNC-Wilmington criminology professor who sued the university for denying him promotions because of his Christian faith.

Auschwitz: Evil Unchecked a Prelude to Genocide

Best-selling author Joel Rosenberg is back with another historical novel. This one deals with one of the darkest times in human history: the Holocaust.

US Arrests 14 in Global Child Porn Ring

U.S. authorities have arrested 14 people who ran a global child porn ring with more than 27,000 online members.

Micro Pigs the New 'Man's Best Friend?'

We all know dogs are man's best friend, but another animal is becoming an increasingly popular pet across America: micro pigs.

Overlooked War Veterans Finally Receive Honor

Two dozen overlooked Army veterans are finally receiving recognition for their heroic service during World War II, Korea, and Vietnam.

Report: NSA Recording Foreign Countries' Calls

The Washington Post reports the NSA has been recording foreign country's phone calls and listening to the conversations up to one month later.

Calif. Man Arrested in LA Subway Bomb Plot

The FBI arrested 20-year-old Nicholas Teausant near the Canadian border. He's been charged with trying to provide support to Islamic extremists in Syria.

'Awakening' America's Lifeline from Destruction

Are we watching our nation commit suicide? Ralph Reed says America is in desperate need of a spiritual awakening. How is that possible?

Drone Legislation Sees Battle in 35 States

Some are calling 2014 the "year of the drone" because privacy advocates and government agencies will be battling across the country over the use of the unmanned aerial device.

Marissa's Tale: The Heroic Gift of Being Adopted

Many women choose abortion over adoption because they worry their child will feel abandoned. But one adoptee is hoping her story will change their minds.

Mid-Atlantic, East Long for Spring after March Snow

With spring just two days away, snow accumulations in the mid-Atlantic and parts of the eastern United States piled as high as 11 inches.

St. Patrick's Day Quake Shakes up So. California

A 4.4 earthquake struck Pasadena, Calif., on Monday, shaking up residents and buildings across the region.

Connecticut Schools Recognizes Muslim Holidays

Schools in New London, Conn., will now recognize Muslim holidays.

School's Intelligent Design Ban Draws GOP Scrutiny

Republican lawmakers in Indiana are concerned Ball State University's ban on an intelligent design course violates religious and academic freedom.

Bible Survives Deadly New York City Blast

The deadly explosion that leveled two New York City apartment buildings in East Harlem last week left a decades-old Bible unscathed.

White Trumps Green on Snowy St. Paddy's Day

Millions of Americans are digging out from another snow storm, with winter's latest punch forcing the federal government, schools, and offices to shut down.

 

'Duck Dynasty' Stars Promote Faith in 'God's Not Dead'

Willie and Korie Robertson of the "Duck Dynasty" clan are about to hit the big screen in the film "God's Not Dead." How can it be used to help students in their faith?

NYC Pastors Rally Behind Church Lost in Blast

New York City firefighters began their workday Friday "with hope" of still of finding survivors from Wednesday's deadly gas explosion in East Harlem.

Fifth of Americans Say Religion Isn't Important

One in five Americans says religion does not play an important role in their lives, according to a new NBC Wall Street Journal poll.

 

Kids Averaging 650 Hits to the Head Per Sports Season

A recent study shows that kids playing tackle or flag football on average take 650 hits to the head every season, which increases the threat of concussions.

Tenn. House Approves 'Christmas' Protection Bill

Tennessee public schools are one step closer to being able to celebrate Christmas without fear of being sued.

'Noah' Banned in Most of the Muslim World

Officials in Bahrain, the United Arab Emirates, and Qatar said the movie will not be allowed in theaters because it contradicts the teachings of Islam.

Couple Finds Joy of Parenthood by Adopting Embryo

A couple from Washington State were given the joy of parenthood in a unique way.

US Family Escapes Ukraine with Adopted Kids

The crisis in Ukraine is shaking the world, but it had a more personal impact on one American family.

Group Fights WTC Cross: 'Atheists Died Here Too'

One year after a judge ruled in favor of the World Trade Center museum cross, a symbol of hope for many, atheists are fighting that decision.

Air Force Academy Wipes Bible Verse from Whiteboard

Air Force Academy cadets complained of "mass confusion" following the Bible verse removal from a dorm whiteboard, said a Christian legal advocate.

 

National Blackout Very Possible in One Hot Day

The United States could suffer a nationwide blackout if just nine power substations were sabotaged on a hot summer day.

Late Winter Snow Blast Puts Spring on Hold

Spring is only one week away, but a snowstorm is wreaking havoc across the Midwest and Northeast.

Obama Secretly Extends Mandate Delay by Two Years

The Obama administration has once again delayed a key part of Obamacare, and they did it secretly, without so much as a press release.

Critics: Obama Overtime Pay Mandate a 'Job Killer'

President Barack Obama will direct the Department of Labor to strengthen overtime pay protections for millions of workers, a White House official said Wednesday.

Deadly NYC Explosion Levels Church, Apartments

A resident of a New York City apartment building that was flattened by an explosion says the smell of gas was "unbearable" and residents complained about it repeatedly.

Report: Record Numbers Flood NYC Shelters

Record high numbers of homeless people are seeking shelter in New York City.

America's Power Grid Sabotage a Real Threat

The U.S. power grid might be vulnerable to widespread sabotage.

States Throw Down over Use of Local Drones

Some are calling 2014 "the year of the drone" as privacy advocates and government agencies across the country gear up to battle over the use of local drones.

Police Investigate $600,000 Stolen from Osteen's Church

Authorities are investigating after a $600,000 offering collection was stolen from Joel Osteen's Lakewood Church this week.

VOTA's 'Love Found Me' an Effort to Fight Trafficking

Pop rock band VOTA is helping curb human trafficking from Nepal into India through the funding of border patrol stations.

Judge Sides with Doctor in Late-Term Abortion Case

A Kansas judge has sided with a doctor who lost her license in a late-term abortion case.

Snowden Warns 'Guard Your Online Info'

Former National Security Agent Eric Snowden, who leaked thousands of top secret documents, spoke publicly Monday for the first time since fleeing the United States.

US Ramps Up Snooping on Federal Worker

The U.S. government is set to ramp-up its snooping on federal workers as a way to prevent scandals, such as the one involving former NSA analyst Edward Snowden.

Brownsville Revival's Steve Hill Dies of Cancer

Steve Hill, the evangelist of the Brownsville Revival, passed away at his Alabama home Sunday after fighting a long battle with cancer. He was 60 years old.

AG Holder: Spike in Heroin Deaths 'Public Crisis'

U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder is calling the increase in heroin-related deaths in the United States an "urgent public health crisis."

Restoration: Fall in Love with America's 'Smallness'

Many fear America's best days have passed. But Jim DeMint argues the key to restoring the nation's greatness lies in rediscovering the power of "smallness."

Faith Comforts Family of Texas Man on Missing Flight

The brothers of a North Texas man who was aboard the Malaysia Airlines flight that went missing say their family is leaning on faith in Christ.

Spring in Sight as Daylight Saving Time Begins

Spring is closer than you think, and here's a sure sign: Daylight saving time has arrived.

'Peabody and Sherman' Provide Laughs for Families

This weekend families can look forward to a night of laughs with the movie "Mr. Peabody and Sherman."

Few Uninsured Americans Signing Up for Obamacare

Two new surveys reveal the Obamacare insurance marketplaces are failing to sign-up uninsured Americans.

Two Dozen Students Hurt after Stage Collapse

A stage at a Southern California high school collapsed during a student event and 25 students were rushed to hospitals with injuries.

Vermont Battling a 'Full-Blown Heroin Crisis'

America has a heroin problem, especially in the Northeast. Vermont's governor is blowing the whistle on the problem and the state is seeking recovery.

The New USA? Secession Movement Gains Steam

Mention the word "secession" and most think of the Civil War. But a new movement is gaining steam due to  anger of an out-of-control government.

Pew Survey: Most 'Millenials' Lean Left

Young adults are more likely to vote Democratic, according to a new Pew Research Center survey out March 7.

Groups in Kansas Worried for Religious Rights

Religious leaders in Kansas are asking legislators to provide protection for those who refuse services for same-sex marriages because of religious convictions.

Worship the Heartbeat of Winter Jam Concert Tour

The 2014 Winter Jam Spectacular started in January, and has traveled coast to coast with a total of 47 shows.

Fmr. Yankees Star Restores NY Church for $3M

Former New York Yankee Mariano Rivera bought and restored an abandoned Presbyterian church for $3 million, calling it the fulfillment of a dream.

Purdue Relents, Allows 'God' on Donor Plaque

Purdue University has agreed to keep the word 'God' on a plaque honoring Dr. Michael McCracken, a major donor who's given the school $12,500 to the school.

Mom Who Drove SUV in Ocean Mentioned Demons

Three children in Daytona Beach, Fla., are safe after being rescued from a minivan their pregnant mother drove into the Atlantic Ocean.

Texas Abortion Law Shuts Down Two More Clinics

Two more abortion clinics are closing in Texas after failing to comply with a new anti-abortion law that passed last summer.

GOP Lawmakers Condemn Christian Persecution

Members of Congress are speaking out for persecuted Christians.

Obama Renews Push for Minimum Wage Hike

President Barack Obama renewed his campaign Wednesday for Congress to approve a higher minimum wage.

German Home-School Family Allowed to Stay in US

A German home-school family will be allowed to stay in the United States permanently, the Department of Homeland Security said Tuesday.

Vets Seek High Court's Intervention on War Cross

A veterans group is asking the U.S. Supreme Court to overrule an order removing a war memorial cross from a Southern California mountain.

Illinois to Issue Gay Marriages Three Months Early

Illinois county clerks can immediately begin issuing marriage licenses to same-sex couples, state Attorney General Lisa Madigan said Wednesday.

Miss. House Panel OK's Faith Protections Bill

In Mississippi, a state House panel has passed a bill to protect religious rights.

Studio Adds Disclaimer to 'Noah' Movie Promos

In a move to appease religious movie critics, Paramount Pictures is adding a disclaimer to their promotional material for the new movie, "Noah."

DC Council Votes to Decriminalize Marijuana

The Washington, D.C., City Council has voted to decriminalize marijuana. Residents who possess less than one ounce of pot will no longer be charged with a crime.

Poll Shows More Americans Back Gay Marriage

A new poll shows many Americans are shifting their stance on gay marriage.

Kentucky Gears Up Fight over Gay Marriage Ruling

Gov. Steve Beshear is hiring outside attorneys to appeal a court order for Kentucky to recognize same-sex marriages from other states and countries.

Military Suicides Threatening Not Just Deployed

The number of suicides in the military is continuing to rise -- and not just for deployed soldiers. 

Polar Vortex Returns, Deals Icy Blow to US

The polar vortex is back, sinking much of the nation down into another deep freeze.

Israeli Ambassador: Iran Has US in Its Crosshairs

Ambassador Ron Dermer, Israel's newest voice in Washington, warns Iran's nuclear program is not just a problem for Israel, but for America as well.

FDA Allows Generic Plan B Pills Over the Counter

The morning after pill will now be more widely available over the counter. The FDA is now allowing generic versions of the drug to be sold without a prescription.

 

Weather, Not Politicians, to Blame for Gov't Shutdown

Federal offices across the District of Columbia closed Monday as Washington officials declared a state of emergency.

Massive Winter Storm Sweeps Across US, Again

About 1 million Americans are facing a massive mid-Atlantic winter storm Monday that cancelled 2,000 flights and prompted New Jersey to declare a state of emergency.

Disney Cuts Boy Scout Funding over Adult Gay Ban

The Walt Disney Company will begin cutting funding to the Boy Scouts of America in 2015 because of its ban on gay leaders.

'Son of God' Raises Big Bucks at Box Office

The new faith-based film "Son of God" was a huge success at the box office this weekend, earning $26.5 million.

Obama Asks Congress to Help Create Jobs

President Barack Obama is challenging Congress to help him create jobs and rebuild the nation's infrastructure.