April 2009 Headlines

David Garibaldi: Inspiration Through Art

Performance painter David Garibaldi captures the true meaning and inspiration of Easter.

Are Short-Term Mission Trips Effective?

If you're an evangelical Christian, there's a good chance your church or youth group is planning a missions trip this year.

Navigating Kids Through the Text Generation

Today's media specialists are not just the librarian-turned-Internet-surfer at your child's school. It's parents.

Idol Contestant Puts New Twist on Hymns

Call it traditional worship music with a contemporary flare.

Mountaintop Mining: The Good, Bad & Ugly

The United States is known as the Saudi Arabia of coal, with more than 50 percent of our electricity generated by it.

New Hampshire Next to Allow Gay Marriage?

New Hampshire is set to become the fifth state to allow gay marriage.

Americans Switch Faiths At Least Once

A new study says about half of adult Americans switch their religious affiliation at least once during their lives.

Florida Gov Will Approve Faith License Plates

Florida Gov. Charlie Crist says he would approve license plates with the image of a cross and an image of Jesus if the proposal makes it to his desk.

Leno Back on Stage, Jokes About Illness

Jay Leno bounced back from an illness, returning to 'Tonight' with jokes about swine flu and the 103-degree fever that sent him to the hospital.

Miss Calif. to Appear on The 700 Club

A Miss USA pageant spokesman denies that Miss California was told to apologize for her statement opposing same-sex marriage at the pageant.

House Committee Approves Hate Crimes Act

CAPITOL HILL -- In a vote of 15 to 12, the House Judiciary Committee Thursday advanced hate crimes legislation.

Ammunition Disappearing From Gun Stores

FORT WORTH, Texas -Ever since the presidential election, folks who like or deal with guns have been noticing something -- there's a big shortage of ammunition.

NFL Hopeful Bradford Opts for College

Some of the biggest names in college football will be on hand at this weekend's NFL draft.

Bringing 'Truth' to the Homosexuality Debate

Three Christian organizations encouraged a biblical view on homosexuality in the nation's schools with an event called the "Day of Truth."

Conn. Churches Exempt from Gay Weddings

Gay marriage may be legal in Connecticut but churches won't have to provide for the wedding ceremonies, according to a bill passed by lawmakers.

Chapman Wins High Honors at Dove Awards

It was a bittersweet victory last night for Christian music artist Steven Curtis Chapman.

Documentary Connects 'Idol,' Gospel Music

The Dove Awards kicked off Thursday night with a new documentary called From Idol to Inspiration.

Emotions High Over Gay Marriage in Maine

Maine's legislature is the latest to take up gay marriage, following four states who have already make it legal.

Group Sues Over Church Graduations

Two Wisconsin schools are now under fire for hosting graduation ceremonies at an area church.

FBI Adds American to 'Most Wanted' List

The FBI has added a new fugitive to its most wanted terrorist list.

Miss Calif. Stands Up for Christian Beliefs

Miss California says her honest answer about same-sex marriage cost her the Miss USA crown Sunday.

New Hate Crimes Bill Would Cover Gays

The House of Representatives is considering a new hate crimes bill.

Strip Search Case Debates Student Rights

The U.S. Supreme Court heard arguments, Tuesday, in a case that could determine how far school administrators can go to ensure the safety of students.

Alabama's Coffee: "Football is my Ministry"

If you are a pro football fan, then you know the National Football League draft is is this weekend.

Prejean: Answer Cost Me Miss USA Title

Miss California says her honest answer about same-sex marriage cost her the Miss USA crown Sunday night.

Court Denies Texas Inmate Challenge

The U. S. Supreme Court has denied a challenge in the case of a Texas death row inmate.

Officials: No Armed Guards on Cargo Ships

Maritime executives say they don't want armed guards on their cargo ships.

Failed States, Faux Piracy & U.S. "Smart Power"

The lone Somali "pirate" who was captured by American forces last week is on U.S. soil.  He sees a New York judge today.  The teenager is expected to be charged with piracy and hostage taking.<

Israel to Buy U.S. Missile Intercept Systems

CBNNews.com - JERUSALEM, Israel - Defense Minister Ehud Barak hopes to purchase the U.S.-manufactured, two-phase Vulcan-Phalanx missile intercept system.

GM, Chrysler to Get More Gov't Money

The Obama Administration will make more financial aid available to General Motors and Chrysler.

Church Welcomes Crewmember Home

One of the members of the U.S. cargo ship that was attacked by Somali pirates a couple of weeks ago received a warm welcome from his church Sunday.

Katrina Victims Get Their Day in Court

Some of the victims of Hurricane Katrina will finally get their day in court on Monday.

Economy Improves but Confidence Slides

CBNNews.com - A new survey out Monday shows faint signs that the economy is improving.

FBI to Expand DNA Database

The FBI is greatly expanding its DNA database.

Gates: Ending 'Don't Ask, Don't Tell' Difficult

Defense Secretary Robert Gates is taking a cautious approach to ending the 'Don't Ask, Don't Tell' policy on gays in the military.

YouTube: Full-length Movies, TV Lineup

CBNNews.com - LOS ANGELES - Google Inc.'s YouTube said Thursday it is vastly expanding its library of full-length movies and TV shows it offers online, while also launching a new advertising service and adding about a dozen new content partners.

Students Urged to Counter 'Day of Silence'

Friday marked the annual "Day of Silence" event in schools that seeks to halt bullying against homosexuals, but some say the event was nothing more than propaganda.

NY Gov. Makes Case for Gay Marriage

New York Gov. David Paterson says he wants to capitalize on the momentum of four other states who have now legalized same-sex marriage.

'Right Wing Extremism' Threatening the U.S.?

CBNNews.com - Homeland Security officials warn that "right wing extremists" could use the state of the economy and the election of the country's first black president to recruit new members to their cause.

Washington Expands Rights to Gay Couples

CBNNews.com - Washington state is expanding the rights of gay couples in a state legislature that passed what some are calling an "everything but marriage" bill.

Vt. Pushes to Exempt 'Sexting' from the Law

Vermont lawmakers are trying to protect teens who send sexually graphic pictures and video via text messaging.

Va. Tech Marks Day of Remembrance

 Today is the anniversary of one of the worst mass shootings in American history.

UPDATE: 'Tea Parties' Galvanize Anti-Tax Movement

WASHINGTON - A new anti-tax movement known as "Tax Day Tea Parties" all across the country hoped to galvanaize many Americans who are not happy with the way the government is spending away their money.

Court Grants Demjanjuk Stay of Deportation

CBNNews.com - CLEVELAND, Ohio - After U.S. agents removed John Demjanjuk from his Cleveland home on Tuesday, a federal appeals court granted the 89-year-old Nazi death camp guard a stay of deportation to Germany.

Focus on the Family Protests Over Denied Ad

Focus on the Family is staging a protest outside the San Antonio Express-News for denying an ad for their conference on overcoming homosexuality.

N.Y. Gov. Makes Push for Gay Marriage

CBNNews.com - Governor David Paterson is making another push to legalize gay marriage in New York but the measure will face heavy opposition in the legislature.

Pro-Life License Plates Stir Abortion Debate

Pro-life license plates are the latest battlefield in the national debate over abortion.

Pastor Rick Warren Cancels ABC Interview

Pastor Rick Warren cancelled an appearance on ABC's This Week, just days after making contradictory statements regarding his stance on California's Proposition 8 to end gay marriage.

Climate Bill More Harmful than Good?

A new climate bill making its way through the House has a provision in it that would allow Americans to sue businesses or the government if they think they've been harmed by global warming.

Christian Univ. Pulls Plans for Gay Dorms

CBNNews.com -- Texas Christian University is back peddling on previous plans to offer separate housing for gay and lesbian students.

U.S. Eases Demands on Iran

CBNNews.com - JERUSALEM, Israel - U.S. President Barack Obama notched up his campaign promise to open dialogue with Iran "without preconditions" by agreeing to allow Iran to continue enriching uranium during talks about its nuclear program, according to a report in The New York Times.

Vermont May Legalize 'Sexting'

Sending graphic pictures and video via text messaging may soon be legal for Vermont teens.

U.S., Israel Plan Missile Defense Drill

CBNNews.com - JERUSALEM, Israel - The U.S. and Israel plan to conduct the largest joint missile defense system exercise ever held later this year.

Police Cmdr. Reinstated as U.S. Liaison

CBNNews.com - JERUSALEM, Israel - Public Security Minister Yitzhak Aharonovitch announced the appointment of former southern police district head Cmdr. Uri Bar-Lev as the representative of the Israel Police to the U.S.

Sunday School Teacher Arrested for Murder

The California Sunday school teacher accused of killing an 8-year-old last week will face a judge Tuesday.

DOT Gets Much Needed Stimulus Money

The Department of Transportation announced their 2,000th project to be funded with the Obama stimulus package.

Church Organ Up and Running After 9/11

Triumphant sound resonates again from a tiny church that survived the attacks of Sept. 11.

Obamas Host First White House Egg Roll

Easter came to the White House, Monday, and among the special guests were members of the gay and lesbian community.

OB Disaster Relief Helps N. Dakotans

Residents in the Fargo, North Dakota region are bracing themselves for yet another flood crest.

Obamas Attend Easter Services

President Obama and his family are still looking for a church, but that didn't stop them from attending Easter services Sunday.

Is There Proof of Christ's Resurrection?

Passover, which began Wednesday at sundown, marks the time when Jewish people around the world celebrate Israel's deliverance from slavery in Egypt.

Searchers Look for More Tornado Victims

CBNNews.com - MURFREESBORO, Tenn. -- The governor of Tennessee is scheduled Saturday to visit areas hit by a savage line of storms that wrecked homes, killed a mother and her baby and injured dozens of others the day before.

Gay Marriage Debate Headed to Congress?

Congress could be next to decide on the issue of legalizing gay marriage.

Group Speaks Out for Traditional Marriage

Gay marriage opponents have launched a national advertising campaign to discuss the risks to society if traditional marriage between a man and woman is not upheld.

Rick Warren Backpedals on Prop 8 Support

Well-known pastor and author Rick Warren denied this week ever endorsing California's Proposition 8 that put a halt to gay marriage last November.

Spies Hack into U.S. Electric Grid

CBNNews.com - Former and current U.S. government officials say that spies from rival nations have hacked into the U.S. electric grid.

State Legislatures Now Marriage Battlefields?

Some Iowans are fighting back against their state supreme court's decision to legalize gay marriage.

Iowa House Says No to Marriage Vote

Marriage amendment supporters made a show of force at the Iowa state house Thursday.

BREAKING NEWS: Marriage Amendment Vote Defeated in Iowa

The Iowa House of Representatives voted against a procedural move, Thursday, which would have asked Iowa voters if they agreed with a constitutional amendment defining marriage as between "one man, one woman."

Legislation Still a Threat to Charitable Giving?

The recession has forced some Americans to cut back on giving to churches and charities, and many believe a proposed legislation could hurt donations even more.

Iowa Lawmakers Block Marriage Vote

CBNNews.com - Supporters of traditional marriage in Iowa say they aren't giving up on bringing a marriage amendment vote to the people.

Poll: Obama Has Improved U.S. Image

WASHINGTON -- While Americans may be divided over the president's overall performance, polls show they overwhelmingly approve of his first trip overseas.

Vermont Lawmakers Legalize Gay Marriage

Vermont became the fourth state to legalize gay marriage, Tuesday.

IL Pharmacists Can Exercise Conscience

Pro-life pharmacists in Illinois will not be forced to dispense "abortion producing" drugs, a state circuit court has ruled.

Military Spending Cuts Dangerous for U.S.?

The Obama administration says it wants to make changes in military spending-- increasing resources in Afghanistan while making significant cuts in other areas.

Where is America's Happiest Place to Live?

The Heartland of America is the happiest place to live in the country, according to a "happiness index" recently published by Mainstreet.com.

Feds to Crackdown on Foreclosure Scams

The federal government has announced plans to crackdown on home foreclosure scams.

Final Four Players Give Glory to God

DETROIT - Four of the nation's top college basketball teams met this past weekend in Detroit, hoping to move one step closer to a national championship.

U.S. Mulls Defense Cuts to Israel

CBNNews.com - JERUSALEM, Israel - Citing budgetary constraints, the U.S. Congress may decrease its support of the Arrow 3 ballistic missile defense system being developed in Israel.

Syria's Assad Wants U.S. Intervention

CBNNews.com - DAMASCUS, Syria - After recent threats to retake the Golan Heights by force if necessary, Syrian President Bashar Assad called on U.S. President Barack Obama to take an active role in negotiations with Israel.

Iowa Pro-Marriage Activists Weigh Options

Defenders of traditional marriage in Iowa are considering their options after the state's supreme court struck down a ban on same-sex marriage.

U.S. Citizens May Soon Travel to Cuba Freely

If several U.S. Senators have their way, American citizens will soon be able to travel freely to Cuba for the first time in almost 50 years.

Media Covers Return of War Casualty

The U.S. ban on media coverage of returning war dead has been lifted.

Pro-Lifers Rally to Keep 'Conscience Clause'

A key element in the fight to reduce abortions could end soon if the Obama administration has its way.

The Gospel Makes the Final Four

Two inspriational ministries will take God's word to the court this week by encouraging coaches at the NCAA tournament to lead their teams spiritually.

DeMint: 'Serve America' Dangerous to U.S.

WASHINGTON - The Serve America Act, named for Massachusett's Senator Ted Kennedy, is an effort to increase volunteerism.

Group: New Fox Show Too Hot for Primetime

A television watchdog group is condemning Fox for premiering what it calls a "graphic and patently offensive" show after a family program this week.

Iowa High Court Legalizes Gay Marriage

Same-sex marriage is now legal in America's heartland.

Poll: Most Americans Against Helping Banks

Despite the massive attempts by the government to keep banks up and running, most Americans say they disagree with using federal money to bailout the financial system.

WEB EXCLUSIVE: African Adoption

The laws of every country regarding international adoption are different:

OB Receives Va. Humanitarian Award

The Christian Broadcasting Nework's sister organization, Operation Blessing International, was recently honored by the Virginia Emergency Management Association with the organization's annual Humanitarian Award.

Gunman's Rampage in NY a 'Massacre'

CBNNews.com - UPDATE: Authorities are searching the home of the suspected gunman in Johnson City, N.Y. just west of Binghamton.

U.S. Vows to Continue Mideast Peace Process

CBNNews.com - JERUSALEM, Israel - A U.S. State Department official said Thursday that the United States would continue pressing for the establishment of a Palestinian state.

S.C. Man Gives Up Job for CoWorker

CBNNews.com - A South Carolina man put the Golden Rule into practice when he took a pink slip in place of a struggling coworker.

Elderly Woman Becomes Good Neighbor

CBNNews.com- She's the neighbor everyone would like to have living next door.

Protests Mount on Obama Notre Dame Invite

 President Barack Obama is scheduled to be the commencement speaker at the University of Notre Dame's graduation next month.

Dungy Asked to Join Faith-Based Council

President Obama has invited former NFL coach Tony Dungy to join the White House's Advisory Council on Faith-Based and Neighborhood Partnerships.

University Sends Invite to Rejected Students

It might appear to be a bad April Fool's joke but it was no laughing matter for 30,000 applicants to the University of California San Diego.

WV Motorists May Get to Proclaim Faith

Motorists in West Virginia may soon be able to display their faith and belief in God -- on their license plates.

'Hour of Power' Dims on TV Stations

The Hour of Power television ministry will drop from 25 stations across the country as a result of its reported financial trouble.

Christian Singer Bobby Michaels Dies

Bobby Michaels, the Christian singer and songwriter best known for his international ministry "Musicianaries," passed away in Thailand, Tuesday. He was 55.

Saddleback Sees Record Baptisms

The southern California church led by well-known Pastor Rick Warren recently saw the largest number of new members and baptisms in its 30-year history.