Melanie has been with CNSNews.com since November 2000 as an evening editor responsible for writing, editing and posting stories to the website. She was promoted to deputy managing editor in 2002, overseeing the radio production department in addition to her daily editing duties. Prior to working at CNSNews.com, Melanie served as news director for WKYS-FM, one of Washington, D.C.’s top-rated radio stations. Mrs. Arter also worked as a traffic reporter for Shadow Broadcasting in the nation’s capital and prior to that, as a news anchor/reporter for WAMO-FM in Pittsburgh, Pa. Her television experience was obtained at several Washington, D.C. stations. She worked for America’s Most Wanted at Fox affiliate WTTG, the Creative Services Department of WUSA-TV and the Evening Exchange on WHUT-TV. She holds a bachelor’s degree in television production from Howard University.

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July 7, 2008, 8:15 PM EDT
Pacific Rim Bureau (CNSNews.com) - The leader of a wayward province in Georgia is reported to have resigned and flown out of the region. If true, the development may end a long standoff between Adzharia and Georgia's central government which threatened in recent days to turn violent.Reports from the former Soviet republic say Georgian President Mikhail Saakashvili has appeared on national television to announce that rebel leader Aslan Abashidze had fled, and that Adzharia was "free."
July 7, 2008, 8:15 PM EDT
(2nd Add: Includes comments from President Bush.) (CNSNews.com) - The South Korean government confirmed Tuesday the beheading of a South Korean businessman in Iraq by a group with suspected ties to al Qaeda. The body of 33-year-old Kim Son-il was found west of Baghdad by U.S. personnel at 5:20 p.m. Iraq time, South Korean Foreign Ministry spokesman Shin Bong-kil told Yonhap, the South Korean news agency.
July 7, 2008, 8:15 PM EDT
(CNSNews.com) - A close associate of Osama bin Laden surrendered to security officials at the Saudi Embassy in Tehran before being flown from Iran to Saudi Arabia Tuesday. Khaled al-Harbi was reportedly believed to be living near the Afghan-Iranian border. He was identified in late 2001 on a videotape talking to bin Laden about the Sept. 11 attacks. "He is big in the sense that he is one of the Saudis that were close to bin Laden," Reuters quoted a Saudi security source as saying.
July 7, 2008, 8:14 PM EDT
(CNSNews.com) - Israeli Foreign Minister Silvan Shalom said the assassination of the head and founder of the terrorist group Hamas sends a message to all those responsible for terrorist attacks against Israelis - they will be punished. Shalom called Sheikh Ahmed Yassin the "godfather of the suicide bombers" and said Israel acted alone, without consulting the U.S. "Sheik Yasim was the leader of a terrorist organization that has a very extreme ideology to destroy the state of Israel and to kill its people," Shalom said.
July 7, 2008, 8:12 PM EDT
(CNSNews.com) - Weapons inspectors are expected to arrive in Iraq on Nov. 18, according to United Nations Secretary Kofi Annan, who met with President Bush at the White House Wednesday after word that Iraq had accepted the U.N. Security Council resolution.
July 7, 2008, 8:11 PM EDT
(2nd Add: Includes details about the videotape.)(CNSNews.com) - U.S. officials Thursday confirmed the death of Wall Street Journal reporter Daniel Pearl, who was kidnapped in Pakistan while reporting on extremist groups. The State Department and the Wall Street Journal both confirmed Pearl's death."Our Embassy in Pakistan has confirmed today that they have received evidence that Wall Street Journal reporter Daniel Pearl is dead," said State Department spokesman Richard Boucher in a statement.
July 7, 2008, 8:11 PM EDT
(CNSNews.com) - The European Union has reportedly agreed upon a plan that allows EU states to take the 13 militants holed up in the Church of the Nativity in Bethlehem, wire reports said Thursday. According to an Italian government source speaking on the condition of anonymity, the details of the deal will be worked out "in the next few days." Italy, Spain and other EU countries - possibly Austria, Greece and Luxembourg - are willing to take in the Palestinians.
July 7, 2008, 8:09 PM EDT
(CNSNews.com) - About a thousand protesters from anarchist and Marxist groups tore down a section of a chain link fence outside Quebec City's Summit of the Americas in Canada Friday where President George W. Bush arrived for a three-day summit with leaders from 33 other nations to talk about free trade.Police in riot gear formed a human chain where the fence once stood and released tear gas on the protesters who threw cans, bottles and rocks at police.
July 7, 2008, 8:06 PM EDT
(CNSNews.com) - Pennsylvania's Senate Judiciary Committee on Tuesday approved a ban on same-sex marriage, but conservatives say they weakened the bill by changing the language to allow civil unions between homosexuals."If the Senate is not willing to deal with the issue of marriage in its entirety - same-sex marriage and civil unions - then they send the clear message to their constituents that they are not willing to take the tough stand necessary to protect one man one woman marriage," said American Family Association of Pennsylvania President Diane Gramley.
July 7, 2008, 8:06 PM EDT
(CNSNews.com) - An anti-Wal-Mart group is applauding an appeals court panel's 2-1 decision to approve class action status for a sexual discrimination case against the retail giant. But the dissenting judge on the panel said the evidence in the case was weak. Dukes v. Wal-Mart is considered the largest ever group suit for gender discrimination. The suit claims the retail chain paid women less than their male counterparts and discriminated against them in promotions.
July 7, 2008, 8:06 PM EDT
(CNSNews.com) - A drug-resistant strain of a deadly staph infection found in some U.S. hospitals is now spreading among homosexual men, researchers said. A conservative group has characterized the problem as the result of "unnatural behaviors."
July 7, 2008, 8:06 PM EDT
(CNSNews.com) - President Bush Thursday signed a decency bill into law that increases tenfold the fines levied against broadcasters who violate decency standards with profane or sexual material. The new fine is $325,000 per violation, instead of $32,500. During the signing ceremony, Bush said "parents have the final responsibility over the television shows that their children watch, or the websites they visit, or the music they listen to."
July 7, 2008, 8:06 PM EDT
(CNSNews.com) - Provocative commentator Ann Coulter's remarks about Democratic presidential hopeful John Edwards have sparked controversy not only among her customary critics, but among conservatives as well.Speaking to an audience at the Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) in Washington on Friday, Coulter said, "I was going to have a few comments on the other Democratic presidential candidate John Edwards, but it turns out you have to go into rehab if you use the word 'faggot,' so I ... can't really talk about Edwards."
July 7, 2008, 8:06 PM EDT
(CNSNews.com) - In a vote of 317 to 93, the House Tuesday approved a bill that would prevent people from using credit cards online to gamble. The bill, sponsored by Reps. Bob Goodlatte (R-Va.) and Jim Leach (R-Iowa), makes it clear that gambling online is illegal, with the exception of horse racing and state lotteries."This legislation provides real protection to American families from destructive and unlawful Internet gambling," said Family Research Council Vice President for Government Affairs Tom McClusky in a statement.
July 7, 2008, 8:06 PM EDT
(CNSNews.com) - South Carolina's state House will consider a bill this week requiring a mother planning to undergo an abortion to view an ultrasound of her unborn baby beforehand.Republican state Rep. Greg Delleney, the main sponsor of the amendment, said he's "trying to save lives and protect people from regret." The bill will also "inform women with the most accurate non-judgmental information," Delleney was quoted as saying, according to WLTX-TV.
July 7, 2008, 8:06 PM EDT
(CNSNews.com) - The recent spike in violent crime in the nation's capital is the direct result of the District of Columbia's gun ban, a gun rights group said Thursday. D.C. Police Chief Charles Ramsey declared a "crime emergency" Tuesday following a spike in violent crime in which two separate groups of tourists were robbed by two armed men on the National Mall. On Sunday, a British political activist had his throat slashed in the Georgetown section of the city.
July 7, 2008, 8:06 PM EDT
(CNSNews.com) - A Manhattan art gallery cancelled plans Friday to exhibit a life-sized naked Jesus made out of chocolate during the Easter season after news of the exhibit ignited anger among the Catholic community.The "My Sweet Lord" display was created by artist Cosimo Cavallaro and made out of more than 200 pounds of chocolate. It shows Christ stretched out as if on the cross.
July 7, 2008, 8:06 PM EDT
(CNSNews.com) - A faith-based doctors group criticized the Food and Drug Administration Thursday for its decision to make the Plan B emergency contraception available over-the-counter, saying it was influenced by political pressure.The Christian Medical Association, the nation's largest faith-based association of doctors, said it opposes the decision to allow the "morning-after pill" to be purchased without a prescription and doctor's oversight for women over 18. In fact, the group said the FDA made the same mistake with the abortion pill RU-486.
July 7, 2008, 8:06 PM EDT
(CNSNews.com) - A homosexual advocacy group is again hoping to take part in Monday's annual White House Easter Egg Roll, but they won't be the only activist group pushing a cause. Anti-war campaigners plan to hold their own event on the North Lawn, complete with pretend cluster bombs.
July 7, 2008, 8:06 PM EDT
(CNSNews.com) - Planned Parenthood, the nation's largest abortion provider, marked its 90th anniversary Monday, but a pro-life group wondered why anyone would want to "celebrate" a group that has killed millions of babies through abortion."Over the past 90 years, Planned Parenthood has managed to kill millions of pre-born children through abortion, push dangerous contraceptives on women and teens and saturate our culture with sexual promiscuity," said Jim Sedlak, vice president of the American Life League, in a press release.