Talking Points: New Titanic, smartphones in the Pentagon, student loan burden

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Where can I go to see the Titanic?

Though the original ship remains on the bottom of the Atlantic after sinking in 1912, a replica is being constructed by billionaire Clive Palmer. The new vessel will have copies of the rooms and even the smokestacks from the original design but will sport more safety features than its ill-fated predecessor -- which lost all but 770 of its 2200 passengers after striking an iceberg. The new Titanic will make its maiden voyage from Southampton, England, to New York late in 2016.

Can I use a smartphone in the Pentagon?

Some kinds of phones, primarily BlackBerrys, are able to access the Defense Department's classified and unclassified networks, but starting next year, authorized users will be able to tap in using Apple and Android phones. The Pentagon said it wants employees to have the flexibility to use commercial products and plans to create a military mobile applications store. It will hire a contractor to build a system that may eventually handle as many as 8 million devices.

How is rising tuition impacting young families?

The student loan burden has more than doubled in the last decade for households led by those under 35, the Pew Research Center said Tuesday. Forty percent of those households were still paying off school loans in 2010, up from 34 percent in 2007. Young adults are shedding other kinds of debt though, cutting the amount they owe on homes, cars and credit cards at a rate that is almost four times faster than that of their elders.

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