June 2014 Headlines

K-LOVE Awards the 'Ultimate Fan Experience'

Top Christian radio network K-LOVE recently held their second annual award show. Their goal? To give back to both artists and their fans.

Hobby Lobby Ruling 'Victory for Religious Freedom'

In a victory for Hobby Lobby, the Supreme Court ruled that employers with religious objections are allowed to refuse to pay for contraception for their workers.

Ex-Gays Warn Therapy Ban Will Hurt DC Youth

Ex-gay activists warned D.C. lawmakers against supporting a ban on a therapy that supporters say can help children who want to be free of same-sex attractions.

Should Teachers Be Allowed to Carry Guns?

In light of recent school shootings, lawmakers in Missouri are considering a measure that would allow teachers to carry guns in schools.

Power of Camp: Helping Kids Awaken to Faith

Summertime is here and as the season arrives so does the sun, swimming, and the spirit of camping for many teens.

 

High Court Strikes Down Abortion Clinic Buffer Zones

The justices unanimously struck down a 2007 Massachusetts law that created a 35-foot protest-free zone outside abortion clinics in Massachusetts.

Federal Appeals Court: Utah Must Allow Gay Marriage

A federal appeals court in Denver ruled Wednesday that states must allow gay couples to marry, supporting a lower court ruling striking down Utah's gay marriage ban.

SCOTUS: Warrant Needed for Cell Phone Searches

The digital information on your cell phones can no longer be searched by police without a warrant, according to a unanimous ruling by the Supreme Court.

IRS Guilty of Leaking Marriage Group's Documents

The IRS admits wrongdoing and settles a lawsuit with National Organization for Marriage for illegally disclosing records.

Overruling the People: Marriage Showdown Coming

Judges have struck down marriage protection laws in 12 states, and the onslaught probably won't end until the Supreme Court gets involved.

Company Rejects Home-School Grad, Sparking Debate

A Fortune 500 company is facing accusations of discrimination after rejecting a home-school graduate who applied to work for them.

Scores of Kids Rescued in US Sex Trafficking Sting

Police across the country have rescued 168 children from sex traffickers in the last week.  It's part of a nationwide initiative known as "Operation Cross Country."

Gov't Memo: OK to Use Drones to Kill US Citizens

The U.S. government is allowed to use drones to kill dangerous U.S. citizens, according to a secret memo that has now been released to the public.

'Snowflake' Giving Leftover Embryos a Chance at Life

Thousands of babies-in-waiting currently sit in frozen storage labs, often being left to be destroyed. But one adoption agency is offering couples another option.

Christians, Shut Up! Far Left Hits 'Ramming Speed'

Living in the land of the free isn't what it used to be. Basic freedoms are under attack; many blame the politics of the Left and a mission to silence those who disagree.

Alaska Tsunami Warnings Cancelled after 7.9 Quake

Tsunami warnings have been cancelled after a powerful 7.9 earthquake rattled Alaska's Aleutian Islands.

Anti-Pregnancy Center Law Struck Down

An Austin, Texas city ordinance used to create unfair requirements for pro-life centers  is struck down in federal court.

'19 Kids and Counting' Star Jill Duggar Ties Knot

Jill Duggar, one of the stars of the TLC reality television series "19 Kids and Counting," got married Saturday, June 21.

Transgender Priest Preaches at National Cathedral

Rev. Cameron Partridge, a transgendered priest, delivered Sunday's message at the National Cathedral in Washington, D.C. It's a first for the church.

Protesters: 'Every Child Deserves a Mom and Dad'

Thousands converged on Washington, D.C., to sound the alarm about what will be lost if traditional marriage becomes a thing of the past.  
 

'Jersey Boys,' Not Your High Moral Showstopper

Many people have been anticipating "Jersey Boys," the new movie about the iconic 1960s pop singers -- The Four Seasons.

PC USA Church Votes against 'Holy' Marriage

Thursday's vote was overwhelming with 429 votes to change the definition of marriage and only 175 against it.

Bus Driver Lied about Bible Stopping Bullets

Police say a Dayton, Ohio, bus driver lied when he said he was shot at and stabbed by three black teens.

Church Divorce Rate Way Lower than Anyone Thought

It's long been believed that half of marriages end in divorce and the problem is just as bad in the Church. But one Harvard-trained researcher says that's far from true.

Kershaw's No-Hitter Makes Dodger Baseball History

Los Angeles Dodgers pitching ace Clayton Kershaw set off celebrations in Dodger Stadium Wednesday after throwing the first no-hitter of his career.

Redskins Ready for Long Haul Battle for Their Name

The NFL's Washington Redskins say they will appeal a ruling from the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office after the agency cancelled six federal trademark registrations.

 

No Vision for Church: People Tithing Less to Local Body

Charitable giving to universities, hospitals, and arts institutions is rising, while giving to churches and social service organizations is flat.

US Sees Record-Shattering Heat Wave, Rare Snowfall

With only two days until the official start of summer, the United States is experiencing both summer and winter all at once.

Scouts Honor: Young Boy Scouts' Amazing Achievement

Two young Boy Scouts have done something quite remarkable: Sean and Eric Grapin have earned all 135 Boy Scout merit badges -- an extremely rare achievement.

Noisy Strip Club Disrupting Nuns' Prayers

A dispute between neighbors in a Chicago suburb is pitting nuns against strippers.

God Can Speak to Unmapped Cities with Tiny Kit

Wycliffe Associates has a clear mission -- to bring the Gospel to every tongue and with new solar powered kits, they are changing the Bible translation game.

What Happened to Idol's Dreadlocked Jason Castro?

After leaving American Idol, Jason Castro scored a No. 1 international hit. Then he disappeared from the pop music scene, leaving fans to wonder -- what happened?

America Prefers You Marry a Born-Again Christian

More Americans prefer to have a born-again Christian marry into their family than an atheist, according to a new pew poll by the Pew Research Center.

Alaska Bars to Offer Free Pregnancy Tests

In Alaska, free pregnancy tests will soon be available in restaurant and bar bathrooms.

NC Legislature Passes Student Faith Protections

North Carolina legislators approved a bill that would clearly state how school students and staff can express religious beliefs.

High Court Won't Hear Church Graduations Appeal

Churches that host high school graduations must continue to conceal their religious symbols after the Supreme Court opted not to weigh in on a lower court ruling.

Ten-Year-Old's Facebook Post Saves Father's Life

A West Virginia girl is being hailed as a hero after using social media to save her father's life.

Twin Tornadoes Kill Child, Injure 19 in Nebraska

Twin tornadoes ripped through a tiny Nebraska town Monday, killing a five-year-old child, injuring at least 19 others, and demolishing half the town.

High Court Upholds Ban on Straw Purchases of Guns

A divided Supreme Court ruled that the federal ban on "straw" purchases of guns can be enforced even if the ultimate buyer is legally allowed to own a gun.

School Agrees to Limit Prayer, Religious Activity

A Missouri high school has agreed to restrict its faculty's religious activities at school.

Stats Aplenty, Facts Fewer in Power Plant Debate

President Barack Obama's new pollution limits for power plants have set off an avalanche of information.

Unprecedented Surge of Kids Crossing US Border

Thousands of immigrant minors are crossing over the America's southern border, most without parents or adult guardians and are being picked up by the U.S. Border Patrol.

Police Investigating Deadly Attack on Priests

Police in Phoenix, Arizona, are investigating an attack that left one priest dead and another seriously injured.

Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl on US Soil after Prisoner Swap

Army Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl, the American soldier swapped for five Taliban leaders, is back on U.S. soil.

Tough Louisiana Abortion Restrictions Become Law

The Louisiana abortion industry took a hit Thursday as Gov. Bobby Jindal signed two bills into law designed to restrict abortions in his state.

Benham Brothers Join CBN for Congressional Dinner

Twin brothers David and Jason Benham joined CBN News at the annual Congressional Correspondents' dinner Thursday night.

Pregnancy Center Case 'Critical' for Pro-Life Groups

The ACLJ is asking the U.S. Supreme Court to weigh in on whether crisis pregnancy centers must held to a higher disclaimer standard than abortion clinics.

Rise of the Machines: Robots Man's Best Friend?

Could robots really become man's new best friend? A new wave of robotic technology is changing society and in the process could improve life and the U.S. economy.

'Heaven Is for Real' Raises Flags among So. Baptists

A group of Southern Baptists say recent stories about heaven may not be biblically accurate.

Catholic Groups Denied HHS Mandate Injunction

A federal appeals court refused to grant Catholic groups in Michigan and Tennessee an injunction that could have exempted them from Obamacare's contraception mandate.

CA Judge Rules Teacher Tenure Unconstitutional

A California judge ruled against tenure and other job protections for public school teachers in the Golden State.

'Jesus Film' Gets Total Makeover for New Generation

Film critics have declared 2014 the “Year of the Bible.” But it is a more than 30-year-old biblical film that has landed a place in Guinness Book of World of Records.

Seniors Defy ACLU, Sing Hymn at Graduation

Graduating seniors at a Virginia high school defied a demand by the American Civil Liberties Union that they remove a Christian song from their graduation ceremony.

'Gospel Is Not Lost' even if America 'Crumbles Away'

Southern Baptist Convention leader Russell Moore said Christians don't need to fear even if America continues its moral decay, but they should stand up for religious liberty.

Bible-Themed Park Rejects State Grant after Protests

Organizers of a Bible-themed park planned for Sioux City, Iowa, turned down a state grant after anti-religious zealots protested public funding for the project.

Suspect, Student Dead in Shooting at Oregon School

A gunman shot and killed a student at an Oregon high school shortly before classes started Tuesday. Authorities later found the suspect dead.

More Inmates Released Without Supervision, Support

A new Pew Charitable Trusts report says increasing numbers of prison inmates are not getting the supervision and help they need after release.

Sex Crimes on Campus Up 50 Percent in a Decade

The amount of sex crimes have gone up in the last decade at American colleges and universities, according to a new federal report.

Bakery Owner Ordered to Gay Sensitivity Training

Jack Phillips, the Christian owner of a Colorado bakery, has been ordered to take sensitivity training because he refused to bake a wedding cake for a gay couple.

National Audit Unveils 'Integrity Issue' at VA Hospitals

A nationwide audit revealed that more than 57,000 veterans have been waiting at least 90 days for their first appointment while others were never given one.

Officer Says He Didn't Refuse Gay Pride Assignment

A Salt Lake City police officer who was placed on paid administrative leave for reportedly refusing to work at a gay parade said he didn't actually refuse the assignment.

Migrant Children Moved to Okla. Military Base

More than 600 unaccompanied migrant children are being relocated to a military base in Oklahoma this week.

Feds Force Rancher to Bid Adieu to Red River Land?

How would you feel if you bought property with a government loan, only to have a different federal agency take it away? It has happened to one Texas rancher.

Utah Granted Request to Delay Same-Sex Benefits

An appeals court granted Utah's request to delay granting benefits to 1,000 same-sex couples who wed after a federal judge struck down the state's marriage amendment.

MercyMe: Where the Arts Meet Theology

Music has a special place in delivering the gospel of the Lord, but rather than just singing a song, it's important to understand the true meaning of the message.

White Supremacy Eyed in Las Vegas Shooting

Las Vegas police are still trying to pinpoint a clear motive for the shooting spree that claimed the lives of two of their officers and a civilian this weekend.

Hero in Seattle Shooting Showered with Wedding Gifts

There's been an outpouring of love and support for the victims and hero of the shooting that left one dead and two injured at a Christian university in Seattle last week

FDR's D-Day Prayer May Not Be Added at Memorial

Words spoken in prayer by President Franklin D. Roosevelt might not be added to the memorial made in his honor.

More Veterans Die Waiting for Care from VA

An additional 18 veterans died after long waits for care at the Veterans Affairs Phoenix facility, the agency's acting head announced Friday.

Grieving Seattle Campus Takes Refuge in Prayer

After a private Christian university in Seattle was terrorized by a deadly shooting Thursday, grieving staff and students at the school remain focused on prayer.

Deadly Storms Pummel West, Midwest, South

Deadly weather tore through a large part of the country, including the mountainous West, the Midwest and the South, spawning at least one tornado. 

Same-sex Couples Seek Right to Marry in N. Dakota

North Dakota is the last state in the country to be sued by same-sex couples seeking the right marry in the state.

Group Calls for Closure of Va. Abortion Clinics

The Family Foundation, a pro-life advocacy group, is calling on the commonwealth of Virginia to shut down two abortion clinics.

Are Christian Students Equipped to Defend Faith?

Dr. Darrell Bock warns kids leaving home for the first time might find their faith challenged, especially on college campuses. But he says they can be prepared.

New Chief Visits Hospital at Center of VA Scandal

Newly appointed Veterans Affairs chief Sloan Gibson visited the Phoenix Health care facility at the center of the nationwide scandal Thursday.

Freed through Praise: Willie Myrick's Saving Faith

When 10-year-old Willie Myrick was kidnapped from his front yard in Atlanta in April, a praise song is what set him free.

Last of the Original Navajo Code Talkers Dies at 93

Americans and international communities will commemorate the 70th anniversary of D-Day on Friday and for many survivors, this will be the last major D-Day event.

GSN Debuts Reality Show 'It Takes a Church'

Producers are traveling to churches across the country for a unique reality show called "It Takes a Church."

High Court Refused to Stop Oregon Gay Weddings

The U.S. Supreme Court has refused to stop gay weddings in Oregon while a federal appeals court considers a request from a traditional marriage group to intervene.

Americans More Likely to Give Money than Time

Americans are fairly charitable with their money, according to a recent Gallup poll.

Why Students Don't Have to Check Faith at Door

Graduating seniors who want to pray or mention their faith during graduation exercises may face lawsuits or threats from school administrators.

Obamacare Forces 1,000 Layoffs at Vanderbilt Hospital

A major research hospital in Tennessee is laying off 1,000 workers because of Obamacare, according to The College Fix.

Victory! College Student Can Preach on Campus

A student at Thomas Nelson Community College recently claimed victory after winning a freedom of speech fight against his college.

Tornadoes, Hail, Torrential Rains Menace Midwest

Extreme weather battered states across the Midwest Tuesday.

Justice Dept.: Homegrown Terrorism an 'Escalating Danger'

The Justice Department plans to refocus it's fight against home-grown terrorism, calling it an "escalating danger."

Supreme Court Rejects Tenn. Mosque Case

The U.S. Supreme Court refused to hear an appeal by Tennessee citizens seeking to block construction of a mosque in Murfreesboro, Tennessee.

Seattle City Council Approves $15 Minimum Wage

Seattle has raised its minimum wage to $15 an hour, the highest in the nation. The city council approved the measure Monday in a unanimous vote.

Carbon Caps Bad for 'Anyone Who Pays Electric Bill'

President Barack Obama's ambitious $8 billion plan to cut power plant emissions will likely take a huge toll on U.S. workers, the GOP and industry groups warn.

Will New Carbon Limits Put Cap on Coal Industry?

The Environmental Protection Agency wants to cut carbon dioxide output 30 percent by 2030.

Off the Streets: Racing to Save Homeless Teens

Eric Howard found himself at a crossroad with God when a run-in with a frustrated teenager moved him into a race against time on the streets of Indianapolis.

'The Brady Bunch' Maid Ann B. Davis Dies

Emmy-winning actress Ann B. Davis, best known for her role as the devoted maid Alice Nelson of "The Brady Bunch," passed away Sunday at the age of 88.

Commission: Christian Baker Must Serve Gays

Colorado's Civil Rights Commission is ordering Christian bakery owner Jack Phillips to make wedding cakes for same-sex couples.