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IRS warns of delayed refunds, long waits for taxpayers and possible shutdown
Forbes
With a week to go before tax season opens, taxpayers were already bracing for a potentially "miserable" filing season. It turns out that it could live up to the hype. Internal Revenue Service (IRS) Commissioner Koskinen has advised employees that the budget cuts will result in reduced services to taxpayers. In an email to employees sent earlier today, Commissioner Koskinen advised that "realistically we have no choice but to do less with less."
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Pawnshops work together with police to catch criminals
Big Country
Guitars, cellphones and cowboy boots. People come and sell just about anything at pawnshops. But police and pawnshops are working together to make sure no stolen item goes unnoticed. This month alone, police have arrested five people thanks to the help of pawnshops. Robert Morris, a pawnbroker at Wild Bills Pawn Shop, says the pawnshop isn't the place you want to go and dump your stolen stuff anymore like it was back in the day.
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Apple to sell unlocked iPhone 6 in the US
CNBC
Apple will begin selling unlocked versions of the iPhone 6 and 6 Plus in the United States, CNBC has learned. The phones, which are not linked to any one carrier, will be sold at prices from $649 to $949 depending on screen size and storage space. Apple will sell the unlocked phones both at stores and online.
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Police looking for 3 gunmen who robbed Spring, Texas, pawnshop, stole 30 guns
KPRC-TV
Three gunmen are on the loose after robbing a pawnshop in Spring, Texas. Surveillance cameras inside Jet Pawn 2920 caught the heist. The video shows three men storming into the business, faces covered, guns in hand. "This is a very violent group of individuals that obviously have done this before," Harris County Constables Pct. 4 Asst. Chief Mark Herman said. "They ended up roughing up some customers."
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Looking time in the eye: 2 new HYT Skull watches
WatchTime Magazine
Skulls are a popular motif in luxury watches lately — check out our list of some of the most notable ones — and now HYT, one of the most unconventional watchmakers out there, gets in on the act in its own unique "hydromechanical horology" style with the release of the HYT Skull, available in two colorful versions.
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Philly cops are using this online tool to find stolen items at pawnshops
Technical.ly
The Philadelphia Police Department started using the tool, called LeadsOnline, in 2012 — more than a decade after one police captain said the department needed a computerized pawnshop tracking system.
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City of Chattanooga, Tennessee, fights back against payday lenders and pawn shops
Chattanooga Times Free Press
The Chattanooga-Hamilton County Regional Planning Commission unanimously approved a zoning amendment proposed by Chattanooga Council members Carol Berz and Russell Gilbert. The ordinance aims to limit payday lenders and title pawns within the city by prohibiting lenders from setting up shop within 500 feet of a residence or within ¼ mile of another payday or title lender.
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How to avoid becoming disengaged from your work
Inc.
Like most things in this world, passion waxes and wanes as the years go by. But as the CEO, you need to be careful of letting your passion slip. If you become disengaged from your business, how will your star employees react?
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