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Soaring Student Loan Debt Poses Risk to Nation’s Future Economic Growth

Jorge Villalba was a construction worker when the housing market began slowing in 2005, so the Glendale resident changed jobs and decided to invest in his future by going to college. Source: LA Times

On freight-dependent Catalina, an uproar over a new exclusive contract

At about 9:15 each weeknight, the “Islander” barge rumbles toward the rocky shoreline of eastern Catalina Island – and on it, the daily essentials for 4,000 residents and an estimated 1 million visitors every year. Source: LA Times

In China, long-delayed recognition for troops who fought in World War II

Even in his 97th year, Sun Yinbai cannot forget the severed limbs and mangled corpses of the U.S. airmen strewn across the remote, wind-whipped landing strip. Source: LA Times

Suspect in Houston-area officer attack had history of mental illness

A man charged with murder in the ambush of a suburban Houston sheriff’s deputy had a history of mental illness and was once declared mentally incompetent, according to authorities and his former attorney. Source: LA Times

Dodgers' Adrian Gonzalez delivers game-winner over Giants in 14th

It had to end sometime, or some day or some month. Source: LA Times

Deciphering the secret language of phone bills

Your phone bill can’t leave you scratching your head. So says Uncle Sam. Source: LA Times

Angels' horrible month ends with an 11-5 loss to Athletics

No team in baseball will be happier to see the calendar flip from August to September than the Angels. Source: LA Times

Big difference isn't big hits for Dodgers

The Washington Nationals were going to run away with the National League East. The Boston Red Sox wisely dropped $200 million on Hanley Ramirez and Pablo Sandoval. The new-look Dodgers had no power. Source: LA Times

Crews struggle to make Oakland field playable

After Oakland Athletics Manager Bob Melvin made the short walk from the Athletics clubhouse to the field Monday afternoon, the first person he sought out was Clay Wood, the team’s head groundskeeper. Source: LA Times

Obama appeals for urgent climate change action

President Barack Obama issued a global call for urgent action to address climate change, saying the U.S. would rally the world to counter it. The NYT reports. Source: CNBC Clean Energy

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