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An Egyptian couple walk together under a bridge during a sandstorm in the capital city of Cairo, Egypt, Wednesday, Feb. 11, 2015. Egypt's Cairo International Airport briefly closed to arrivals Tuesday as a sandstorm descended over the country that also di
An Egyptian couple walk together under a bridge during a sandstorm in the capital city of Cairo, Egypt, Wednesday, Feb. 11, 2015. Egypt's Cairo International Airport briefly closed to arrivals Tuesday as a sandstorm descended over the country that also disrupted traffic at other airfields and seaports, officials said. (AP Photo/Hassan Ammar)
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Here's our daily list of articles from across the Web about faith and family-related topics as well as our other four areas of emphasis: education, causes, media and moneywise.

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Be there for a friend's relationship crisis, but don't give advice — The Wall Street Journal

How 'X' became the universal symbol for a kiss — Mashable

I'm a marriage counselor. Here's how I can tell a couple is heading for divorce — Vox

Parents of obese children in Puerto Rico could face fines of up to $800 — Time magazine

Babies switched at birth in 1994 awarded $2 million — Newser

Parents of 2 toddlers both battling cancer — Newser


Meet the mom who stopped Joseph Kony — Christianity Today

What is the point of prayer? — Reasonable Faith

Why I went to seminary — Christian Century

Blindfolded Muslim man asks fellow Canadians for their trust. Canada responds with hugs. — The Huffington Post

No escape from history — The Atlantic

10 confessions of a flawed pastor — Relevant magazine

Reading the Bible like we read The Quran — Zack Hunt

3 members of Muslim family murdered in Chapel Hill, sparking #MuslimLivesMatter campaign — HuffPost Religion

10 myths about evangelicals debunked — OnFaith


Schools not keeping track when kids are behind on their shots — NPR

Are iPads the solution to snow days? — The Atlantic

Online education enrollment still growing, but slower — Education News

College's priceless value — The New York Times

Male professors are 'genius.' Female professors are 'nice' — The New Republic

This country is literally paying students to go to college — Mic

Flip side of reducing student debt is increasing the federal deficit — The Upshot


Kayla Mueller's family releases text of letter written in captivity — The Huffington Post

A death in the family -- in all our families — USA Today

Jon Stewart's replacement on 'The Daily Show' should be a woman — Time magazine

Why Jon Stewart and Brian Williams should just switch jobs — The Washington Post

Brian Williams and the ugly allure of embellishing the truth — Relevant magazine

Do we really need another 'Spider-Man'? — CNN

Could Sony and Marvel's deal mean a non-white Spider-Man? — The Atlantic

Why Marvel's 'Spider-Man' should mimic 'Batman Forever' — Forbes

'Fifty Shades of Grey' better than book — BBC

In 'The Slap,' culture clash and family dysfunction — NYT Now

People haven't had enough of silly love songs — The Atlantic

'Better Call Saul' and sin's slippery slope — Relevant magazine

The redemption of Shawn Michaels — OnFaith

'Fresh' faces: When families like mine go primetime — Christianity Today


Preacher, lay your debt burden down — Christian Chronicle

MacArthur Foundation will spend millions to thin jail populations — The Huffington Post

Giving housing to the homeless is three times cheaper than leaving them on the streets — Vox

Newark's vacant lot sale is for lovers — CityLab

Documentary tells story of trafficking victims forced to bring home "$40, no less" and who's helping them — HuffPost Impact

This human rights group is a model for how the U.S. can end slave labor — HuffPost Impact


Why Cupid is a tightwad — Time magazine

4 ways tech can help you get pregnant — Time magazine

How this woman turned a layoff into a $3 million business — Fortune

Rethink your after-work routine to make the transition home a happy one — The Wall Street Journal

Is all fair in love and work? — BBC

The best music to get through your work day is definitely not what you think — Mic

My dream job: 4 CEOs share how it feels — Forbes

At this office, the break room is a giant ball pit — FastCo Exist

Ask the experts: I'm underpaid and underappreciated — Fast Company

Winter storms impose high costs for business — The Boston Globe

Retirement: 10 ways to live frugally — USA Today

Coping with grief — and funeral costs — BBC


How to get in shape 'without moving a muscle' — Time magazine

Eat your daily dose of happy: Diet rules to stave off seasonal depression — Fox News

Weight loss or not, exercise yields benefits — Fox News

Party snacks that are ruining your diet — Fox News

Better fitness through your phone — The New York Times

If you have dementia, can you hasten death as you wished? — NPR

What causes breast cancer? These families want to help find out — NPR

Breath test for Parkinson's disease — BBC

Vaccines are profitable, so what? — The Atlantic

100 paralyzed children, each a mystery — The Atlantic

Pillow talk: What your sleeping positions says about your personality — Elite Daily

Meet the women proving that lifting is for everyone — Mic


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