Winter storm Juno skips New York, slams Boston - Cuomo: 'We got lucky'

A U.S. blizzard swept past New York City and struck hardest at some 4.5 million people around Boston, dropping nearly three feet of snow in areas and triggering high tides that breached a seawall and forced residents to flee their coastal homes.

Photo: A snow shoveler crosses a street during a winter snowstorm in Cambridge, Massachusetts, January 24, 2015.

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WWII letters a love story & reminder when USA placed 'God above all else'

Newlywed Andy Green found a trove of letters last December, in the attic of a home where he and his wife Jessica were starting their life together. In the 828 messages discovered a growing love story, set in WWII, of some previous owners who went on to be married 52 years. "They have every emotion you can think of," Jessica Green said. "A young boy going off to boot camp during World War II, being proud, and then being scared. It was just incredible."

Is your church's Super Bowl party legal?

In 2007, the National Football League caused a panic and a tsunami of public outcry when it refused to allow Fall Creek Baptist Church in Indianapolis to show Super Bowl XLI at its campus as part of a fellowship for its members and an outreach to the community. The NFL objected to the church's proposed use of big screens, NFL artwork and the plan to collect $3 per person in order to offset costs of snacks for visitors. But after a public dustup that extended into 2008, the sports giant relented and now permits churches to host Super Bowl parties as long as they comply with a few guidelines.

'Reformed Rapper' Lecrae reveals guilt & shame about 'his' abortion

On a five-minute Desiring God video, Reformed rapper Lecrae Moore, now 35, performs and talks about one of his songs—"Good, Bad, Ugly" from his recent album "Anomaly"—and how it describes his personal experience with abortion as a young Christian. "My soul got saved, my debt had been paid, but still I kept running off with my crew, sex on my brain and death in my veins," he rhymed for John Piper, former pastor of Bethlehem Baptist Church in Minneapolis, Minnesota, and John Ensor, president of Passion Life Ministries, a pregnancy help outreach.

Former NFL defensive back finds more to life than Super Bowl

At 27 years of age, NFL defensive back and special teams player Anthony Madison thought he reached the top when his Pittsburgh Steelers claimed the Lombardi Trophy in 2009 as Super Bowl champs. But celebrating that night with family, famous personalities and friends, Anthony wondered why he felt so "spiritually dry." Now retired and living in Southern California, Madison said that realization caused him to revamp his goals for life and marriage.

Super Bowl a reminder sex trafficking end needs 'supernatural' boost

Days before the Super Bowl in Arizona, Cat French, founder of Elijah Rising, tells a women's organization in Houston about ways the ministry is fighting sex trafficking in a city where brothels, hotels, cantina, and strip clubs are flourishing. "We need supernatural help," French says, announcing "Innocence Project," an initiative in advance of the 2017 Super Bowl in Houston.

The Response garners good response

Between 4,000 and 8,000 people at the Pete Maravich Assembly Center on the Louisiana State University campus did without lunch or even coffee for six hours Saturday, January 24, choosing instead to fast and pray for revival.

Alabama's sanctity of marriage laws overturned as 'irrational;' kids of gays testify same-sex marriage harmful

A federal judge on Friday, January 22, struck down Alabama's voter-approved (81 percent) "Sanctity of Marriage" amendment to the state's constitution that prohibited the government from recognizing or performing same-sex marriages or civil unions. In her ruling, Judge Callie V. Granade wrote "the laws in question are an irrational way of promoting biological relationships in Alabama." But children, now grown, of gay parents have testified in a federal Texas case that same-sex marriage is harmful to children, in part because of harmful behavior they were exposed to, but mainly because they were not allowed to experience a natural biological relationship with a father and a mother.

Presbyterian conference discusses marriage in 'more Reformed' notion of 'between two people'

One of seven regional conferences this winter on "Marriage Matters" by the Presbyterian Church USA's pro-same-sex-marriage-arm Covenant Network of Presbyterians took place Saturday, January 24, at University Presbyterian Church in Baton Rouge, Louisiana. The day conference was designed to discuss the denomination's proposal to redefine its definition of marriage as "'a unique commitment between two people, traditionally a man and a woman,' updating (no longer accurate) language describing marriage as 'a civil contract between a man and a woman,'" according to an explanatory article on covnetpres.org.

Christian ex-fire chief fires back at Atlanta mayor, files discrimination complaint

Todd Starnes, host of FOX News & Commentary, suggests former Atlanta Fire Chief Kelvin Cochran, who filed a discrimination complaint Jan. 19 with the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, is being blasted by those who suggest public workers who have Christian convictions should ironically be forced into a "Don't Ask, Don't Tell," position.

Pot poisonings spike in two states; Colo. governor says legalizing 'a bad idea'

Colorado Governor John Hickenloper, a Democrat who opposed a ballot initiative that legalized marijuana in 2012, told CNBC Friday "the jury is still out" about the legalization of pot in his state. "We don't know what the unintended consequences are," he said, pointing out to Squawk Box host Joe Kernen that he voted against the measure—which passed 55 percent to 45 percent—and opposed it "as publicly as humanly possible."

President promises to free Saeed Abedini

Naghmeh Abedini reports her meeting with President Obama yesterday, Wednesday, Jan. 21, was amazing and the president said getting her husband, Saeed, out of prison in Iran "is a top priority." He was more specific to her son, Jacob, saying, "I am going to try very hard" to free his Dad, an American pastor, by Jacob's birthday on March 17.

Gorillas & chimps decimated by Ebola virus

The Ebola virus that has flared into multiple epidemics among humans since the first documented outbreak in 1976, also has had devastating effects on other primates, killing about a third of all gorillas and chimpanzees, according to a report in The Conversation, a digital outlet for academic and research news.

Japanese adults not having sex – population is plummeting

The Japan Family Planning Association reports nearly 50 percent of all Japanese adults are not having sex and the consequences are far greater than a dip in romance. According to The Telegraph, a British news outlet, 49.3 percent of the 3,000 people interviewed for a study said they had not had sex in the previous month—with 48.3 percent of men and 50.1 percent of women abstaining the previous 30 days.

China admits it is plunging toward crisis

Health officials in China announced yesterday its population is heading toward crisis levels with its gender imbalance among newborns -- the number of males compared to the number of females -- so out of proportion it is "the most serious and prolonged in the world and the population it affects is the greatest."

Millennials climb to 'king of the hill' in size among generations

Teens who came of age in the Baby Boom "hippie generation" now have offspring who outnumber them, according to U.S. Census Bureau projections. About 75.3 million Millennials (ages 18 to 34 as of 2015) are to outnumber the 74.9 million Boomers (ages 51 to 69 this year), which once were the largest generation, and even Boomers' children, the GenXers (ages 35-50 this year) are projected to outnumber their parents by 2028.

COLUMNS

Short sighted? School halts Bible study for blind kids

Maryland School for the Blind put a Bible study for blind children on hold five months ago after telling Eastern Assembly of God volunteers it was a church state issue. In a video commentary reacting to the school's comments, Todd Starnes, FOX News Commentator said the school needs to "reinstate that Bible club immediately."

'Black Lives Matter' more than race relations slogan, women's advocate says

As the nation prepares to celebrate the Sancity of Human Life Sunday, January 18, and honor the memory of Martin Luther King Jr., Monday, January 19, a Pregnancy Care Center director reminds the nation there are alarming higher abortion rates for black women. Kathleen Shanks puts out a call to action. She asks believers to "address the heart of the woman [seeking an abortion] who believes this baby may just be a kind of 'death sentence' for her own life."

FEATURES

What are America's most Bible-minded cities?

long with everything else the genteel Southern city of Birmingham has to offer, it recently was named the most Bible-minded city in America. In an annual study jointly produced by the Barna Group, a Christian research firm, and the American Bible Society, Birmingham bumped Chattanooga, Tennessee, from the top spot, and Alabama took top state honors from Tennessee, which had been number one for the previous three years, according to a Barna press release.

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Our favorite stories in the final stretch of 2014

With a small team, but a large footprint, Christian Examiner launched into the evangelical Christian news scene in the last quarter of 2014 with "Digital news and commentary with a Christian view." In just three months, we found ourselves engaged in some of the biggest stories in evangelical life around the globe – bringing our readers critical insights about far-reaching issues. The Examiner team includes Will Hall, Joni B. Hannigan, Karen Willoughby, and Vanessa Garcia Rodriguez.

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Atlanta Fire Chief: 'I was fired because of my Christian faith'

Atlanta Mayor Kasim Reed announced Tuesday that Atlanta Fire Chief Kelvin Cochran had been fired. The announcement came on the same day Cochran was supposed to return to work following a 30-day suspension. "I was fired because of my Christian faith," the fire chief told FOX news commentator Todd Starnes. Cochran said he was five years old when he knew he wanted to be a firefighter.