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Pope Francis delivers his message during an open-air mass in front of the Italy’s largest war memorial, in Fogliano Redipuglia, northern Italy, Saturday, Sept. 13, 2014. Pope Francis has urged the world to shed its apathy in the face of what he sees as a third world war, intoning "war is madness" during a homily at the foot of a Fascist-era World War I monument near the Slovene border. (AP Photo/Paolo Giovannini)

Pope: Global chaos looks like 'piecemeal' World War III

- Associated Press

Pope Francis urged the world Saturday to shed its apathy in the face of what he characterizes as a third world war, intoning "war is madness" at the foot of a grandiose monument to soldiers killed in World War I.

New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie signed a bill clarifying that alimony should be limited to the number of years of wedlock for couples married less than 20 years. It also gives clarity to handling cohabitating, retirement and unemployment. (Associated Press) ** FILE **

New Jersey updates alimony laws

- The Washington Times

New Jersey has joined a small but growing number of states that have updated alimony laws that critics say reflected outdated models of work, longevity, relationships and gender participation in the workforce.

High court to consider another crack at gay marriage

- The Washington Times

The Supreme Court Wednesday gave the clearest signal yet it is ready to wade once again into the legal war over gay marriage, formally adding a slew of gay marriage cases to the justices' agenda for their closed-door conference on Sept. 29.

Roots: Ken Burns researches his distant relatives

- Associated Press

Ken Burns details the connections between two distantly related American presidents in his new documentary series "The Roosevelts: An Intimate History," and in the process found his own personal ties.

Teenagers and young adults play basketball at New Orleans' Apex Youth Center, where the community offers a safe space for at-risk teens. (AP Photo/The Christian Science Monitor, Ann Hermes)

Sex, drugs, alcohol: Teens carry challenges into schoolhouse

Today’s youth of are often left to carry the burdens they experience at home and in the community into the school with them on a daily basis. These issues can quite often deflect their focus from their academics and cause behavioral issues in school.

Rebecca Hagelin (Courtesy of

HAGELIN: Being the parent — then and now

Culture challenge of the week: Parent or friend? As my daughter Kristin and I recently browsed through my last book, "30 Ways in 30 Days to Save Your Family," we came across a chapter titled "Vow to Be the Parent (Not Your Child's Best Friend)."