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Forces shaping precious metals in 2014
CoinWeek
After the worst year in three decades for gold and silver prices, the outlook for precious metals is currently a subject of even greater interest than usual to investors.
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Florence, SC, man seeking appeal of life sentence in pawnshop murder case
WBTW-TV
Oral arguments will be heard in the appeal of a Florence, S.C., man convicted in the murder of a local musician during a robbery at a pawnshop back in 2011.
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New Britain, Conn.,considers ban on new pawnshops
The Hartford Courant
Leaders in New Britain, Conn., are considering a zoning rule aimed at keeping out new halfway houses, pawnshops, check-cashing outlets, "alternative incarceration centers" and jails. The city's plan commission acknowledges that federal law could make the measure difficult to enforce, but still wants to move forward. The National Pawnbrokers Association said pawn shops already are subject to 13 federal laws along with state and local regulations. It said there is "little common outcome" to local initiatives to prohibit them outright. "Often these moratorium or banning efforts are met by resistance from the local community who rely on access to small dollar, short-term loans that pose no negative credit effects if unpaid," spokesman Emmett Murphy said in an email.
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'Pawn Stars' parody 'Pawn Shop Live!' premieres at Golden Nugget
Las Vegas Sun
Rick Harrison and his family at the History Channel's smash hit "Pawn Stars" have contributed to the new parody that premiered at the Golden Nugget in Las Vegas. "Pawn Shop Live!" created by Derek Stonebarger is based on their story of the world’s now most famous pawnshop, Gold & Silver Pawn. Rick is dispatching a reality TV star from the cable smash to greet first-nighters but won't say who will be in the Gordie Brown Showroom.
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Harlem, NY, cops vs. iGrinches: Police in upper Manhattan, NY, trying to stop stores from selling stolen iPhones, iPads
New York Daily News
Harlem, N.Y., cops are flooding pawn shops and electronics stores, trying to slice the re-sale of stolen iPhones, iPads and other popular Apple gadgets, store owners and police sources said.

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Cash America closes on Georgia PawnMart locations
Atlanta Business Chronicle
Cash America International Inc. closed its deal to buy 31 PawnMart Inc. stores in Georgia and three in North Carolina for $61 million.

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Pawnshop nation
The Atlantic
Junk, clutter, crap, stuff — the rising tide, the rising gorge. Atop the unfixable air conditioner sits the box of unreadable books; somewhere nearby, dustily, sits your collection of plastic forks, and the unanswered letter from your uncle in prison. Are you going to do something about it? No. Never. Not a chance.

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Mastering the fine art of getting to the point
Fast Company
We only truly focus for six hours a week. Endless meetings and wordy emails are chipping away at our dwindling attention spans. Joe McCormack, author of "Brief", shares his short list of techniques to stay on track.
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Cleveland Secret Service warns of $100 counterfeit bills circulating; problem compounded by new technology
The Plain Dealer
The Secret Service's Cleveland field office recently issued a warning that counterfeit $100 bills are circulating throughout Northeast Ohio. The agency saw some common features between a few fake bills that had been confiscated recently and wanted to warn area merchants, said Special Agent in Charge Smokey Everett, spokesperson for the Secret Service field office in Cleveland. But the problem, he said, isn't a new one.
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Illinois considers use of virtual currency
Quad City Times
The rise of virtual currencies such as Bitcoin has drawn the attention of Illinois state regulators. A spokeswoman for the Illinois Department of Financial and Professional Regulations said officials are in the early stages of studying whether the state should have a role in regulating alternate digital currencies when it comes to automatic teller machines, loan payments and other transactions.
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10 YouTube alternatives for small businesses
Small Business Trends
YouTube recently began rolling out unlimited video streaming for all users. The Google-owned video site has been demonstrating the worth of online video to individuals and brands alike for years, and has stood out as the go-to video sharing site above its competition. But being the most popular doesn’t necessarily mean it's the best or only option for your business.
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5 surprisingly easy ways to motivate millennials at work
Forbes
Millennials are often described as lazy or unemployed narcissists who are addicted to their cellphones, piercings and tattoos. Makes for good headlines, but not all true. Here's a truth to add to the mix: Millennials are committed to making the world a better place — both at work and in the causes they support.
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