The stories that will be making news later today:
A new study finds the number of Americans who call themselves Christian has dropped more than 11 percent in the past 18 years. The survey of more than 54-thousand people also found 15 percent of Americans say they have no religious identification, a category that increased in every state.
There's a court hearing this morning for a Tennessee college student accused of hacking into Gov. Sarah Palin's private e-mail account. Prosecutors say David Kernell accessed the Alaska governor's Yahoo account after she was selected as John McCain's running mate.They say he reset the password and posted it online along with screen grabs of Palin's e-mail. Kernell is the son of a democratic lawmaker in Tennessee.
Investors bracing for more stock market turmoil. U.S. stocks are set to open lower today. Folks who see the glass half-full say there's never been a better time for bargains
We are just hours from President Obama reversing a Bush administration policy on embryonic stem cell research. The president will sign the executive order at 11:45 eastern. You can see it live on cnn – or on cnn-dot-com slash live.
President Obama's auto task force taking a road trip to Detroit. The task force will meet with senior executives at General Motors and Chrysler, as well as the United Auto Workers. They'll also tour GM and Chrysler facilities. The trip wraps up nearly three weeks of fact gathering by the team since the automakers submitted their rescue plans to the treasury department, seeking billions more in bailout money.
And if you ended up taking the bus or train more often last year, you weren't alone. A new report to be released today shows Americans took more than 10 billion rides on public transportation last year. That's a 52 year high. The report found ridership surged during the summer's record high gas prices and has held steady since 1956, when the federal government created the interstate highway system, according to a report by a transit association.