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Thursday marks 13 years since the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001.  Around the country, many are pausing to remember those lost in the tragedy.

At New York City's ground zero, family members read the names of each victim lost more than a decade ago.

"I'm just waiting for the pain to go away," one grieving loved one said.

In Shanksville, Pennsylvania, at the Pentagon in Virginia, and at the nation's capital, leaders of the House and Senate presented Congressional Gold Medals honoring the fallen heroes of 9/11.

"With these medals we honor the heroism of first responders and ordinary citizens," House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, D-...

Obamacare's HealthCare.gov website was hacked in July, according to federal health officials.

The Wall Street Journal reports someone hacked into part of the site and uploaded malicious software.

But investigators didn't find any evidence that anyone's personal information was compromised.

"Our review indicates that the server did not contain consumer personal information; data was not transmitted outside the agency, and the website was not specifically targeted," Department of Health and...

A federal judge in Louisiana has upheld the state's marriage amendment, saying that states have the right to define marriage.

It's the first federal court victory for traditional marriage in more than a year, breaking a string of 20-plus court wins for gay marriage supporters since the U.S. Supreme Court struck down part of the federal Defense of Marriage Act in June 2013.

U.S. District Judge Martin Feldman said that same-sex marriage advocates failed to prove that the Louisiana amendment violates equal protection or due process provisions of the U.S. Constitution.

He also rejected their contention that the amendment violates the First Amendment by effectively...

Senator Ted Cruz, R-Texas, was among the keynote speakers at a Texas-Americans for Prosperity Summit over the holiday weekend.

The senator took the opportunity to energize his grassroots Tea Party base at the event.

Cruz talked about hot topics, such as the president's Affordable Care Act and how Republicans will target it in 2016.

"In the year 2017, a Republican president in the Rose Garden is going to sign a bill that is going to repeal every word of ObamaCare," he said.

Cruz also told the crowd President Barack Obama needs to respond to the greatest terror threat now facing the free world.

"Isis says they want to go back...

JERUSALEM, Israel -- Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu addressed the nation Wednesday evening for the first time since the Egyptian-mediated open-ended ceasefire took effect 24 hours earlier.

The government has already come under fire from Israelis and politicians for not going far enough in the battle against Hamas. But Netanyahu said despite all the blather from Hamas, Israel dealt a heavy blow to the terrorist organization.

Flanked by Defense Minister Moshe Ya'alon and IDF Chief of Staff Lt.-Gen. Benny Gantz, the prime minister explained why he believes Operation Protective Edge met its two primary goals: to decimate the terror infrastructure in the Gaza Strip as much as...

JERUSALEM, Israel -- Israel is literally the West's frontline in confronting radical Islamic groups, former Israeli National Security Advisor Maj.-Gen. (ret.) Yaakov Amidror said.

Less than a day after Israel agreed to an Egyptian-brokered ceasefire with Hamas, following 50 days of fighting in the south, an Israeli army officer was moderately wounded along Israel's northern border on the Golan Heights by gunfire emanating from Syria.

Israel responded with artillery fire at a Syrian army post. Israel said it holds the Syrian army responsible for all cross-border fire.

Amidror, currently with the BESA Center for...

The Congressional Budget Office on Wednesday forecast that the U.S. economy will grow by just 1.5 percent in 2014, undermined by a poor performance during the first three months of the year.

The new assessment was considerably more pessimistic than the Obama administration's, which predicted last month that the economy would expand by 2.6 percent this year even though it contracted by an annual rate of 2.1 percent in the first quarter.

The economy did grow by 0.9 percent during the first half of 2014.

Looking ahead, the CBO said it expected the economy to grow by 3.4 percent over 2015 and 2016, and predicted that the unemployment rate would remain below 6 percent into the future.

The economy went into reverse at the beginning of this year,...

Investigative journalist Richard Behar with Forbes Magazine unveiled how the international press has mishandled the Israel-Hamas war.

Behar's report focuses heavily on the New York Times because, he said, "it is, without question, the most important media outlet in the world, in terms of setting the table each day for other outlets. It is also widely regarded as the most authoritative media outlet in the world for international coverage."

"Since the operation began on July 8th, so much of the western coverage has been predictably skewed against Israel -- through those time-honored journalism tools of sloppy and lazy reporting, superficiality, nuance, omission, lack of historical...

A New York couple faces thousands of dollars in fines for declining to rent out their family farm for a same-sex wedding celebration.

The New York State Division of Human Rights fined Cynthia and Robert Gifford $13,000 for declining a request from a lesbian couple to rent the family barn for their ceremony.

The Giffords have owned and operated Liberty Ridge Farm in for over 25 years. They believe marriage is the union of one man and one woman.

Like many small farm families, they often open up their home to host public events, including weddings.

In addition to the fines, the family has been told to implement "re-education" classes for their...

A high school student in Tennessee received a brief in-school suspension for saying "bless you" to a fellow student who sneezed.

Kendra Turner is a senior at Dyer County High School. Local media outlets report Turner said her computer teacher banned the phrase "bless you" in class because it should only be allowed in church.

The teacher also banned some non-religious phrases, like "my bad" or "hang out," saying they're a distraction during class.

On her Facebook page this week, Turner said her teacher told her, "'We do not do godly speaking in my class.' I stood up for my belief and...

The Supreme Court is delaying the start of same-sex marriage in Virginia.

The court on Wednesday granted a request from a county clerk in northern Virginia to block same-sex marriages across the state while the issue is being appealed to the Supreme Court. The court provided no explanation for its order.

Without court intervention, same-sex couples would have been allowed to wed as of Thursday.

In January, the justices issued an order putting same-sex unions on hold in Utah while the federal appeals court in Denver was hearing the case. That court upheld the decision striking down Utah's gay marriage ban, but delayed its decision from taking effect pending appeal to the Supreme Court.

Most other federal court decisions in favor of same-sex...

FARMVILLE, Va. -- The small town of Farmville, Virginia, only has two private practitioners, or what we used to know as family doctors.

One of them, Dr. Lawrence Varner, is considering closing his doors after more than 20 years of service.

"If anyone finished medical school now and had the least thoughts of opening a solo practice, they would be absolutely insane, there's just no way," Varner said in a recent interview with CBN News.

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Pope Francis is giving his blessing on efforts to stop ISIS terrorists from attacking religious minorities in Iraq.

Journalists asked the pope if he approves of U.S. air strikes against the jihadist army.

He replied that it's acceptable to "stop an unjust aggressor" and that Church teaching allows for just wars.

The pontiff also said he's considering visiting northern Iraq to show solidarity with persecuted Christians, but has not yet made a decision.

The White House has rejected a request to publicly disclose documents relating to the kinds of security software and computer systems behind the federal health care exchange website on the grounds that the information could "potentially" be used by hackers.

The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services denied a Freedom of Information Act request made late last year by the Associated Press amid concerns that Republicans raised about the security of the website, which had technical glitches that prevented millions of people from signing up for insurance under ObamaCare.

In denying access to...

Texas Gov. Rick Perry said he will move ahead with his 2016 presidential campaign despite being indicted by a Texas grand jury on felony counts of abuse of power.

Perry is defending his actions, saying he did nothing to deserve an indictment.

"If I had to do it again, I would make exactly the same decision," he told "Fox News Sunday."

Perry cut funding for District Attorney Rosemary Lehmberg, who was arrested on a DUI and then acted belligerently toward police.

For that, he is charged with abusing his...

JERUSALEM, Israel -- Rockets from the Gaza Strip followed by targeted Israeli airstrikes disturbed the fragile ceasefire between Hamas and Israel overnight, but a new truce is still holding.

Just before midnight, negotiators extended the ceasefire for another five days, marking the longest pause in the fighting since the start of the IDF's Operation Protective Edge last month.

Meanwhile, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu angrily rejected a U.N. investigation of alleged Israeli war crimes in Gaza.

In a nationwide address, Netanyahu accused the U.N. Human Rights Council of giving legitimacy to terror groups like Hamas and ISIS.     

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Montana Democrats are scrambling to find a replacement candidate who will give them a fighting chance against Republicans in November’s midterm election after incumbent Sen. John Walsh dropped out of the race in the wake of a plagiarism scandal.

The state’s Democrats will meet Saturday morning to nominate and likely announce their new party candidate, who will face GOP challenger Rep. Steve Daines and Libertarian candidate Roger Roots in the general election three months from now.

The Montana Democratic Party’s Central Committee, which includes...

A national business group representing the nation’s large employers reported Wednesday that companies desperate to avoid a 40 percent ObamaCare “Cadillac tax” are finding ways to shift the costs to workers.

The so-called “Cadillac tax,” now four years away, will affect health plans that spend more than $10,200 per worker.

Employees will get incentives to reduce costs through such arrangements as wellness programs, including losing weight or stopping smoking.

Meanwhile, employers are shifting workers into plans...

New House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy told CBN News that any potential attempt to impeach President Barack Obama should be taken off the table.
   
Several conservatives have mentioned impeachment, saying the president has been overstepping his constitutional authority.
     
But McCarthy prefers House Speaker John Boehner's route of suing the president for exceeding the limits of his powers.

"The only one talking about that (impeachment) are Democrats and they ones doing it because...

The news cycles have been filled with nonstop debate over the State of Israel and its right to defend itself. It's a very dangerous time for Israel: Hamas launches rocket attacks, Iran is marching toward a nuclear weapon, radical Islamists continue to wage jihad and many countries surrounding Israel do not even recognize its right to exist.

Thomas Buonomo, in a column printed in this paper on Aug. 1, criticized a recent Christians United for Israel (CUFI) conference as "radical" and CUFI's leader as "demagogic." The author also claimed that...