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School daze. As recently as 2005, the average student loan totaled about $17,000. Today, that has ballooned to more than $27,000, according to FICO, and 15% of recent loans are past due. Stay in school, kids—if only to push off those repayments. (Forbes)

The Office, seniors edition. Speaking of being in debt for the rest of your life, more people over the age of 65 are staying in the workforce, says the Census Bureau. Some blame the recession; others say older people just like to work. (U.S. News & World Report)

Jobs get juiced. Economists were surprised by a happy jobs report this week—the private sector created almost 200,000 new positions. (Reuters)

Game of thrones. Who knew queens could quit? After reigning for 33 years, Queen Beatrix of the Netherlands is stepping down in favor of her son. His title is the Prince of Orange, and he’s known for being green. (CNN)

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