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, 8:19 PM EDT
July 7, 2008, 8:19 PM EDT
(CNSNews.com) - A Cincinnati grand jury Monday charged a police officer with negligent homicide in the shooting death of an unarmed black man the same day that the Justice Department announced plans to launch an investigation of the Cincinnati Police Department. "This charge states that on April the 7th, 2001, Officer Steven Roach negligently caused the death of Timothy Thomas by means of a deadly weapon. This is a misdemeanor in the 1st degree punishable by up to 6 months in jail," said Hamilton County prosecutor Michael Allen.
July 7, 2008, 8:19 PM EDT
(CNSNews.com) - President Bush as well as about 52 million American children in schools across the country Friday gathered for a simultaneous recitation of the Pledge of Allegiance at 2 p.m. EST.After the recitation, singer Gloria Estefan, musician Arturo Sandoval and a host of other Latino singers were on hand to celebrate National Hispanic Heritage month at a reception at the White House.
July 7, 2008, 8:19 PM EDT
July 7, 2008, 8:16 PM EDT
(1st Add: Updates death toll numbers in second paragraph.) (CNSNews.com) - Amman, Jordan was the scene of chaos Wednesday when two suicide bombers and one car bomb set off explosions at three hotels - the Radisson, Days Inn and Grand Hyatt hotels.Police in Jordan confirmed at least 57 people have been confirmed dead, and about 300 are reported wounded.
July 7, 2008, 8:16 PM EDT
(CNSNews.com) - United Nations Secretary-General Kofi Annan Tuesday rejected the suggestion that he step down amid the controversy regarding the oil-for-food program and instead urged his son to cooperate fully with the investigation.Asked by a reporter at a press conference, "Do you feel it's time for the good of the organization to step down," Annan responded, "Hell no!"
July 7, 2008, 8:16 PM EDT
(CNSNews.com) - London's police commissioner said Thursday it will take a while before they can determine if today's attacks are connected to those that killed dozens of people two weeks ago in London's subway system and on board a double-decker bus. Sir Ian Blair said there's a resonance in Thursday's four attacks - the same number as two weeks ago.
July 7, 2008, 8:16 PM EDT
(CNSNews.com) - An American Jewish group Thursday praised Israel's handling of the disengagement in the Gaza Strip.The American Jewish Committee (AJC) said Israeli authorities showed "remarkable" determination and sensitivity when dealing with a "determined minority" who challenged the decision to disengage from Gaza. "Israel has once again shown to the world the primacy of democratic values and the rule of law which govern Israeli society," said David Harris, the group's executive director in a statement.
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) - A U.S. Islamic advocacy group Tuesday called on the country's largest retailer to stop selling a video game it says glorifies religious violence and could negatively affect interfaith relations. The game, "Left Behind: Eternal Forces," is described on the game's website as a real-time strategy game based on the best-selling book series "Left Behind."
July 7, 2008, 8:06 PM EDT
(CNSNews.com) - Miller Brewing Company has decided to pull its logo from a "Last Supper" poster-featuring homosexuals and sex toys-advertising the Folsom Street Fair in San Francisco, Calif. But a Catholic group is urging the company to cut all ties with the homosexual "leather" street fair.
July 7, 2008, 8:06 PM EDT
(CNSNews.com) - An animal rights activist group has launched an ad campaign to promote its opposition to animal research even if that research could produce a cure for AIDS.People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) is running ads on the Washington, D.C. Metro system, quoting PETA President and co-founder Ingrid Newkirk as saying, "Even if animal research resulted in a cure for AIDS, we'd be against it."The Center for Consumer Freedom said PETA's ads make it clear that given the choice between rodents and curing sick people, rodents take precedence.
July 7, 2008, 8:06 PM EDT
(CNSNews.com) - A new study has found that stem cells are in plentiful supply in amniotic fluid, but at a time the charged issue of experimentation involving human embryos is back on the political agenda in the U.S., a group that favors the controversial research insisted Monday the discovery does not make embryonic stem cells (ESC) obsolete.