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Obama unveils sweeping new gun control proposals
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President Barack Obama unveiled sweeping new policies aimed at limiting gun violence, teeing up a political showdown that will pit the broad public popularity for many gun control measures against Congress's tepid appetite for approving the most stringent restrictions on gun ownership. Acknowledging the difficulty of the Congressional fight ahead, Obama appealed for public support, slamming conservative commentators and the most vocal pro-gun activists for "ginning up" opposition to gun reforms for political reasons. More
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Shops go upscale, as Beverly Hills, Calif., pawnbroker
opens Manhattan, NY, location

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With holiday bills starting to come due, even some affluent Americans may be looking for a source of quick cash. But these days, the wealthy are increasingly likely to be wooed by lenders from a place outside the traditional financial realm — the local pawnshop.v In recent years, the pawn industry, once saddled with a skid-row reputation, has targeted a more mainstream and sometimes downright wealthy clientele by offering to deliver short-term cash with speed and discretion More

Chicago: Family will always be family on Hardcore Pawn
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Like the original, Hardcore Pawn: Chicago is a family business. Unlike the original, Hardcore Pawn: Chicago is a small operation — no computers, no shiny showrooms, no multi-tiered levels of employees. The tickets are handwritten; the showroom is part of the shoved-in-a-row storefront on a Chicago street; and the employees, well, for the most part, it's family, although "security," such as it is, comes from non-related hires, most of whom have been with the store for years. More

High prices change face of gold buying
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Like everyone else who deals in gold, jeweler William Houchin has found himself in a vortex of market forces he can't control. "I hate it," Houchin said, standing at the counter of his tiny shop, Watch & Wares Estate Jewelry, in Orange, Calif. The long upward spiral of gold prices — the metal closed at $1,655.50 an ounce — has provided a steady cash stream as customers have come into Houchin's store looking to sell their old necklaces, rings and bracelets. Houchin evaluates and buys the gold, often at prices that would have seemed absurd 10 years ago, and in turn re-sells it for a profit, usually to a refinery that melts it down. More

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Video: Couple finds hidden treasures in their home
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ABC's Good Morning American and Hardcore Pawn help a family find unknown valuables among their possessions. … Finding treasures in the trash. More

US jewelry price inflation -3 percent in December
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The U.S. consumer price index for jewelry eased again in December, falling 2.9 percent year on year to 176.87 points in response to marginally weaker prices for precious metals and gemstones. The index was also lower than November's reading of 177.68 points; however, the CPI maintained a historically strong trend and December marked 24 consecutive months of a reading of more than 170 points. More

Danville, Ky., police drafting pawnshop ordinance
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To crack down on theft and burglary, a pawnshop ordinance might be in Kentucky's Danville'and Boyle County near future. "Things that we've seen over the last couple of years, there's some loopholes in the state law," said Danville Police Chief Tony Gray. "As far as pawn ordinances. With state statute, all that's required is a name and a description of the item sold or pawned." More

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How to tell your company's story
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Every startup and small business has a story to tell, something that will connect potential customers to your brand. As a business leader in the social media age, you have an opportunity to draw devoted customers by rethinking the way you express your company's core value. More

Fed survey finds economy expanding moderately
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Holiday shopping, strong auto sales and a recovering housing market helped boost the economy in most parts of the United States from the middle of November through December, according to a Federal Reserve survey. The Fed says 12 of its regional banking districts reported "modest or moderate" growth in the final weeks of 2012. More

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