July 2014 Headlines

God Rebuke You! Minister Stops Attack on Mom, Baby

A church minister is being hailed as a modern day Good Samaritan after fending off an attack on a young mother and her baby.

Hand Chopping Case Spotlights Sharia in America?

Two leaders of a West Philadelphia mosque are accused of trying to chop off a follower's hand with a machete after a Monday morning prayer service.

Bring Back Our Girls: Boko Haram 'Exterminating Christians'

In Washington, human rights associates gathered in front of the Nigerian embassy to demand more be done to rescue 300 girls kidnapped by Boko Haram terrorists.

Credible Threat: Terrorist Plan Major Cyber Attack

Islamic terrorists, criminals and some countries are getting ready for major cyber-attacks against the United States, according to senior Justice Department officials.

Ridiculous! 4-Year-Old Banned for Silly Question

Most 4-year-olds say the first words that come to mind. But that tendency recently got one little boy banned from a Connecticut donut shop.

Tough Texas Law Credited with Drop in Abortions

A new Texas law has spurred a dramatic decline in the number of abortions performed in state.

White House Mulls Refugee Program for Border Crisis

President Barack Obama is meeting with his central American counterparts Friday to discuss the influx of young immigrants from their countries to the United States.

Indiana School District Halts Teacher-led Prayers

The Vigo County School Corporation in Terre Haute, Indiana, is telling teachers and other staff they can't lead prayers during school-sponsored events.

Iowa Editor Fired for Criticism of Pro-Gay Bible

The former editor of an Iowa newspaper, Bob Eschliman, claims he was fired for expressing his religious beliefs on a personal blog.

Judge Strikes Colo. Gay Marriage Ban, Stays Ruling

A federal judge ruled that Colorado's voter-approved gay marriage ban is unconstitutional but put the ruling on hold to give the state a chance to appeal.

Russell Moore: Border Crisis More Than Politics

How can Christians protect the borders and show compassion to those who are here? Dr. Russell Moore shared with CBN News what churches are doing to help.

Oregon Ad Targets Child Evangelism Outreach

A Christian outreach to children in Portland, Oregon, is being protested by people who say the group presents a fundamentalist view of Christianity.

What Conflicting Rulings Mean for Obamacare

Hours after a federal court dealt a major blow to the Affordable Care Act, another court issued an opposite ruling. So, what does that mean for Obamacare?

When Modesty Is Hot: How Much Skin Before It's Sin?

Looking around, it's easy to think modesty is dead. Everywhere we look images tell us less is more. So, how much skin can a girl show before it's a sin?

Tennessee Puts Database of Family Bibles Online

The Tennessee state public library is putting a database of family bibles online.

One Step Forward, Two Steps Back for Obamacare

President Barack Obama's signature healthcare law took one step forward and another back with two opposite rulings Tuesday on the law's subsidy provision.

Christian Summit Dispels Media Distortions on Israel

American Christians are showing their support for the Jewish state at the the ninth annual Christians United for Israel summit.

Cartels, Traffickers Exploiting Border Kids Crisis

Texas Gov. Rick Perry will send 1,000 National Guard troops to the Texas-Mexico border in the next month to combat criminals trying to cross into the U.S. illegally.

Wildfires Claim Area Four Times the Size of Seattle

Flames have consumed more than 940,000 acres in Oregon and Washington state, as wildfires continue to burn across the western part of the country Tuesday.

Troubled Teens Benefit from Attending Top Schools

Disadvantaged teens who attend top schools might not only get an academic boost, but their health could benefit as well, according to a new study published in the journal Pediatrics.

Muslims Lose to Christians, Jews in Popularity Poll

Americans view Jews, Catholics and evangelical Christians favorably while having negative perceptions about atheists and Muslims, according to a new Pew survey.

'Hurting Hearts' Movie Answers 'God Are You Listening?'

After losing his son, Pastor Greg Laurie is offering answers to people's deepest pain through a film about those who have survived through life's toughest experiences.

'Celebrate America' Softens Ground for New Awakening

Many Christians are hoping that a massive spiritual assault they've launched on Washington, D.C., will spark the next Great Awakening.

Wildfires Tear into Wash. Town, Force Evacuations

Residents of a small Washington town and a nearby hospital are evacuating as wildfires close in on their homes.

Move Over Economy, Border Seen as Top Issue

A new polls shows 17 percent of Americans are more concerned about the border crisis than issues like the economy and healthcare.

Colorado Baker Appeals Gay 'Re-Education' Order

A Colorado baker who refused to bake a wedding cake for a same-sex couple is appealing a 're-education' order from the Colorado Civil Rights Commission.

Amid Border Crisis, Thousands of Kids Coming to Christ

God is using the border crisis with illegal immigrant children to bring many of them to the Gospel.

California Death Penalty Ruled Unconstitutional

California's death penalty system is so broken it is unconstitutional, U.S. District Court Judge Cormac J. Carney ruled Wednesday.

LGBT Discrimination Ban Leaves Out Faith Exemption

Commissioners in Hillsborough County, Florida, voted unanimously to prepare an amending law banning discrimination in the workplace based on sexual orientation.

Obamacare Fallout: Memphis Cops Hit with 'Blue Flu'

Countless police cars are sitting idle in Memphis, Tennessee, one of the highest crime cities in the nation, after hundreds of officers called in with the so-called "Blue Flu."

Illegal Immigrant Arrested for Girlfriend's Murder

A Guatemalan immigrant accused of killing his girlfriend has been arrested in Houston, the Homeland Security Department announced.

Mexico Announces Efforts to Curb Border Crisis

Mexico announced new efforts to cut the flow of migrants pushing through its extremely porous southern border on their way to the United States

Kentucky Now Licensing Pastors as Counselors

Kentucky is now licensing pastoral counselors to help people with marital conflicts, addictions, and depression.

Small Town, Big Battle Over Illegal Immigrants

A small town outside of Detroit has become a battleground for illegal immigration protests.

Wild Weather Floods Cities, Uproots Trees

Heavy rain is causing flash flooding across the country, forcing residents to evacuate their homes and businesses.

Texas Town May Predict the Future of Fracking

Denton, Texas, voters will now decide whether to allow fracking on new wells. If they reject it, they'll be the first city in this top oil producing state to say no.

Border Crisis: Why Are the Kids Coming to America?

As thousands of migrant kids flood U.S. borders, CBN News traveled to the epicenter of this surge to find out what's pushing them to make the dangerous journey.

Democrats Up for Re-Election Shun President Obama

Democrats in tough re-election races don't want to be seen with President Barack Obama.

Obama Tackles Faith Persecution at Ramadan Dinner

President Barack Obama touched on some hot topics at Monday night's annual Iftar dinner hosted by the White House during the Islamic month of Ramadan.

Storms Thrash Northeast, Cool Front Hits Midwest

With this summer's warm temperatures also come some major thunderstorms. Across the Northeast, violent systems are causing major damage.

Missouri Governor: No Guns for School Teachers

Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon has vetoed legislation that would have allowed trained teachers to carry concealed guns.

Atheist to Open NY Town Meeting after Prayer Ruling

An atheist is delivering the invocation in the New York town that won the U.S. Supreme Court case upholding its right to begin meetings with prayer.

CBN News Producer: 'Border Kids Just Broke My Heart'

CBN News travelled to several towns along the U.S.-Mexico border to look into the lives of the parents and children risking everything to escape their homelands.

Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl Back to Regular Army Duty

In an attempt to both physically and psychologically transition Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl, the questionable former Taliban prisoner, the Army has announced he is now working a desk job.

Iowa Gov Joins National Call for Prayer, Repentance

Iowa Gov. Terry Branstad has signed a proclamation calling for prayer around the country to begin on July 14, 2014.

Fighting Words? School Stands by Jesus Ban

A school district in California is standing by its decision to ban any reference to God or Jesus in a high school graduation speech.

Anne Graham Lotz Updates Book on Heaven

The daughter of famed evangelist Billy Graham has updated her book on heaven.

Germany Celebrates World Cup Victory

An extra-time goal gives Germany a win Sunday over Argentina and the World Cup title.

Faith Leaders Preach Tough Love to Migrant Parents

President Barack Obama met with religious leaders in Texas this week in hopes of finding  a solution to the nation's border crisis.

Girl Whose 6 Family Members were Killed Recovering

A 15-year-old girl suburban Houston girl who survived an attack in which her parents and four younger siblings were killed says she's on the road to recovery.

'Mary Mary' Singer Dishes on Soaring Solo Career

Erica Campbell of the Grammy-winning singing duo Mary Mary opens up about her success as a solo artist and her collaboration with Hip Hop artist Lecrae.

Apes and Ragamuffin: What's Good for the Weekend?

The Director of Focus on the Family's entertainment review department Plugged in Online, discusses the highly anticipated "Dawn of the Apes" and the new DVD release "Ragamuffin."

Could You Give Up Facebook for 99 Days?

A nonprofit group in the Netherlands, called "Just," is asking people to give up Facebook for approximately three months.

Warning: Border Crisis Draining Immigration Agency

Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson says U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement could run out of money by mid-August.

Ex-New Orleans Mayor Gets 10 Years in Prison

Former New Orleans Mayor Ray Nagin has been sentenced to 10 years in prison for bribery, money laundering, fraud and tax violations.

Florida Church Forgives Thief Who Swiped Offering

A church in Bradenton, Florida, got a first-hand lesson in forgiveness after their offering was stolen on Sunday.

Pro-Lifers Challenge NH Abortion Clinic Buffer Zone

Pro-life supporters are challenging New Hampshire's abortion clinic buffer zone after the Supreme Court struck down a similar rule in Massachusetts.

Chinese Hackers Breach Federal Personnel Records

Chinese hackers broke into computer networks of the U.S. Personnel Management Office, seeking information on top-secret security clearances.

Public Official: I Would Go to Jail over Jesus' Name

Former Maryland official Robin Bartlett Frazier says there's a war on religious liberty. She shares why she was willing to go to jail over the name "Jesus."

Surprise Storms Ambush Northeast, 5 Dead

Deadly storms have moved through the northeastern part of the United States, killing at least five people, including a child.

Teller Sues Bank for Violating Religious Freedom

A bank teller in Kentucky claims she was fired from her job for telling customers, "Have a blessed day."

Can a Bad Marriage Really Be Good for You?

Psychotherapist Angel Davis is making a bold claim: one spouse can save a marriage. Her theory is shocking but has proven to work.

NOW Targets Catholic Charity in 'Dirty 100' List

Little Sisters of the Poor is on "The Dirty 100" list of groups that sued the Obama administration over its mandate to provide contraceptive coverage.

'Army of Christians' Ready to Help Migrant Children

Although churches have worked with the Obama administration for weeks, they've not received guidance on how they can help the kids flooding the U.S. border.

Michigan, Mass. Begin Clean-Up after Violent Storms

Segments of the country are recovering from violent storms that hit Monday.

Chicago Reeling after Weekend Gun Violence

Chicago is reeling after a sudden escalation in deadly violence. Over the July 4th weekend, the biggest fireworks were the guns of gangbangers going off.

NYT Ad Blasting Catholic High Court Judges Bias?

The NYT ran an ad criticizing the Catholic church and its members on the Supreme Court for the Hobby Lobby ruling, which has social media buzzing on both sides.

History-Making Lottery Win Falls in Unlikely Hands

A Knoxville, Tennessee, man won the largest lottery jackpot ever awarded in the state's history: $250 million. But there's a twist.

Uncharged Cell Phones, Laptops Banned from Flights

The Transportation Security Administration is requiring some international passengers on U.S.-bound flights to power on their electronic devices in order to board.

Ordinary Americans Caught Up in NSA Data Sweep

When the U.S. National Security Agency intercepted the online accounts of legally targeted foreigners over a four-year period it also collected the conversations of nine times as many ordinary Internet users, both Americans and non-Americans, according to a probe by The Washington Post.

Push to Keep Incoming College Students on Track

The excitement of acceptance into that dream college has passed. The first day of classes is still weeks away. But the resources provided by high school teachers and computer labs are no longer available for graduates.

Arthur Downgraded to Tropical Storm

Hurricane Arthur has been downgraded to a tropical storm as it churns north toward Canada.

Review: 'Earth to Echo' Not So Family Friendly?

It's Fourth of July weekend and you may be wondering if there's anything worth watching at the movies.

New Law Affirms Missouri Students' Religious Rights

Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon has signed legislation protecting the religious rights of students in public schools.

High Court Gives Wheaton Break over HHS Mandate

The Supreme Court has given a break to an evangelical college that objects to the birth control mandate in Obamacare.

Hurricane Arthur Delivers Fourth of July Bang Up

Hurricane Arthur is a holiday headache for many this Fourth of July as the Category 2 storm forced power outages and flooding in parts of Virginia and North Carolina.

'Deliver Us From Evil' Exposes Ugliness of Sin

The summer blockbuster movie season is here, and among the films that hit theaters this week is "Deliver Us From Evil."

Faith Helped Goalie Tim Howard Deal with Tourette's

Team USA's brilliant goal defense at the World Cup in Brazil has turned goalie Tim Howard into a social media sensation.

Anne Graham Lotz Sounds Alarm, Calls for Prayer

Anne Graham Lotz is asking thousands of people across the nation to answer a national call to prayer this week.

Hero, Olympian and Film Inspiration Zamperini Dies

Louis Zamperini, an Olympic distance runner and World War II veteran has died at 97.

Vet Dies Waiting for Ambulance 500 Yards from ER

A veterans hospital in Albuquerque is under fire after a vet died waiting for an ambulance to take him to the emergency room just 500 yards away.

Teenage Girl Arrested for Trying to Aid ISIS

Police arrested a teenage girl in Denver for trying to provide support to the foreign terrorist organization known as the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS).

Dallas Groups Scramble to Take in Migrant Kids

Government and non-profit agencies in Dallas are scrambling to take in thousands of immigrant children who crossed the border all alone.

US Pushes Tighter Airport Security on Terror Fears

Officials are pushing for tighter security at foreign airports with direct U.S. flights on concerns terrorists in Yemen and Syria are trying to develop a new generation of bombs.

Evacuations Start as Arthur Becomes a Hurricane

Arthur, now a hurricane, is on track to batter the East Coast. It's prompting evacuations in states like North Carolina where its expected to hit hardest.

Judge: Kentucky Gay Marriage Ban Unconstitutional

A federal judge in Kentucky struck down the state's ban on same-sex marriage, saying it's unconstitutional.

Forecasters: Storm Arthur Could Become Hurricane

Tropical Storm Arthur is making its way north along the East Coast, threatening Fourth of July plans for the weekend.

Obamacare Sign-Ups Plagued by Data Flaws

Obamacare has hit another snag, and the new problems could jeopardize coverage for millions of people under the health care law.

Supreme Court Re-Affirms Birth Control Ruling

The U.S. Supreme Court has confirmed this week that its Hobby Lobby ruling was meant to target the entire contraceptive mandate in Obamacare, not just certain methods.

'Respect the Rules' - Immigrant Backlash Spreads

The illegal immigrant crisis along the U.S.- Mexico border is fueling outrage in some towns across the United States.

Man Undeterred by Dismissal of Gay Marriage Suit

A county commissioner in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, dismissed a man's lawsuit against county officials who are issuing same-sex marriage licenses.

‘Hillsong Let Hope Arise' Coming to Theater Near You

Hollywood is taking a closer look at Christianity in a new documentary featuring Hillsong United, the world's most successful Christian worship band.

Catholic Broadcaster Gets HHS Mandate Reprieve

Monday's Supreme Court ruling that businesses are allowed to hold religious views is giving a major Catholic broadcaster a reprieve from Obamacare's contraception mandate.

High Court Rejects Challenge to CA Gay Therapy Ban

The Supreme Court has rejected a challenge to California's ban on therapy for young people seeking help for same-sex attraction.

Storms Threaten Fourth of July Celebrations

Severe weather across the United States could threaten Fourth of July celebrations.

Court: Union Can't Make Non-Members Pay Fees

The Supreme Court has delivered a blow to labor unions, ruling public sector unions can't force non-members to pay fees.

Supreme Court Declines Mt. Soledad Cross Case

The Supreme Court says it won't get involved in the dispute over the war memorial cross on Mount Soledad in San Diego until a federal appeals court has its say.