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Precarious Household Debt: According to the New York Federal Reserve, debt held by US Families now exceeds pre-financial-crisis levels at $12.8 trillion with $612 billion in default. Photo credit: U.S. Army / Flickr (CC BY 2.0)

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Saudi Arabia’s Missing Princes (Jimmy)

According to the BBC, “In the last two years, three Saudi princes living in Europe have disappeared. All were critical of the Saudi government – and there is evidence that all were abducted and flown back to Saudi Arabia… where nothing further has been heard from them.”

What’s Known About Spain Terror Attack (Dan)

A quick roundup of everything that is known so far.

Think US is Alone in Statue Wars? Try Europe (Dan)

The fall of Communism and Nazism left many, many statues of leaders all over the Continent. Some have faced opposition at one time, praise during another. It all depends who is in power.

63M Exposed to Unsafe Drinking Water in U.S. (Jeff C.)

An analysis of 680,000 water quality and monitoring violations from the Environmental Protection Agency shows that 1 in 5 Americans have been exposed to potentially unsafe water.