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Prosecutor to seek death penalty for minister charged in Danville, ky., pawnshop killings
Lexington Herald Leader
A prosecutor has given notice that he intends to seek the death penalty for a minister accused of killing three people in a Danville, Ky., pawnshop. Richie Bottoms, commonwealth's attorney for Boyle County, filed notice that he will seek "a sentence of death" in the case of Kenneth Allen Keith. Keith, 48, of Burnside in Pulaski County is charged with three counts of murder and one count of first-degree wanton endangerment in the September deaths of Michael Hockensmith, 35, and his wife, Angela Hockensmith, 38, both of Stanford, and gold broker Daniel Smith, 60, of Richmond. The three were shot and killed in a pawnshop co-owned by the Hockensmiths.
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Hedge fund boss: Bitcoin over gold? Are you kidding?
CNBC via USA Today
Hedge fund manager Paul Singer is "shocked" by Bitcoin's rise, especially given gold's fall. "There is no more reason to believe that bitcoin will stand the test of time than that governments will protect the value of government-created money, although bitcoin is newer and we always look at babies with hope," Singer wrote in a letter to investors of his $23.3 billion Elliott Management on Jan. 27.
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Connecticut pawnbrokers trading old industry reputation for higher standards
The Hartford Courant
Pawnshops in Connecticut are working to clean up their reputation. "It's not the 'poor man's bank' anymore. It's everyday people that need a little help getting by," said Jay Sargent, president of the Connecticut Association of Pawnbrokers. The association has spent more than a decade promoting higher standards of operation for business owners, said Sargent, who said the industry has become more mainstream. "I've seen the clientele change over the years. It's more acceptable now to go to the pawnshop."
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Expanding financial services is available route for the Postal Service, report says
The Washington Post
Are prepaid debit cards and small-dollar loans the answer to the financial woes at the U.S. Postal Service? Maybe, according to the agency’s watchdog. The Postal Service inspector general issued a report recommending that the agency expand its financial services to meet the needs of underserved communities.
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Coming to a post office near you: Loans you can trust? (The Huffington Post)




Where to pawn your Warhol
The Wall Street Journal
In an era of tight credit and a recovering economy, well-heeled borrowers face problems, too. Wall Street bankers need cash before the bonus check arrives. Heirs face estate-tax bills. Small-business owners have to pay for inventory up front. Pawnshops that cater to affluent clients are opening new outlets to fill the niche. The firms make short-term loans to borrowers who own fine jewelry, expensive artwork or valuable sports and entertainment memorabilia, but temporarily lack cash on hand.
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Paying the price, twice
WKRC-TV
When Al Leonard's home was burglarized on Thanksgiving Eve he felt violated. Someone invaded his house and rifled through the bedroom where he and his wife sleep. Leonard said he felt violated again when he was told he had to buy back his stolen Kindle Fire from the pawnshop where the burglars sold it.
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Beatlemania comes to 'Pawn Stars' shop
Las Vegas Review-Journal
In the "Pawn Stars" world, some days are diamonds and some days are dust. That smile on Rick Harrison's face suggests the "Pawn Stars" boss has discovered a diamond mine. About two months ago, someone walked into the Gold & Silver Pawn Shop with what appears to be photos and negatives from the Beatles' iconic Abbey Road photo shoot on Aug. 8, 1969.
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EZ Money Pawn: ATF, silent witness offer $6,000 reward for arrest of 3 suspects in gun theft
KNXV-TV
Authorities are looking for the public's help to identify three suspects who stole dozens of guns from a Phoenix pawnshop. The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives is working with the Phoenix Police Department to locate and arrest the three men.
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Conan sells a bunch of his own ridiculous memorabilia at a pawnshop, gets actual money
The Huffington Post
Conan O'Brien, host of "Late Night," has a pretty great collection of ridiculous memorabilia of himself, but who knew it was worth so much? Unfortunately, he couldn't get $6,000,000 for his enormous bobblehead, but he did get a pretty good price on his string dance sculpture.
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Police: Nampa, Idaho, pawnshop burglary suspect found on roof of business
Idaho Statesman
A 19-year-old Nampa, Idaho, man is facing burglary and vandalism charges after police found him on the roof of a pawnshop that had been burglarized. Olin Vickers has been booked into the Canyon County Jail.
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Gun flight: Smith & Wesson, Ruger quit California over stamping requirement
FOX News
A new gun law proponents say helps law enforcement has driven Smith & Wesson and Sturm Ruger out of California, and affirmed the suspicions of firearms rights advocates that the measure is really about making handguns obsolete.

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Thieves take $8,000 watch from Wisconsin pawnshop
Madison.com
Two men looking at an $8,000 watch at a Madison, Wis., pawnshop fled the store with the timepiece while being chased by a store clerk, police reported.

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Pawnshops with a twist
WLNY-TV
An old-fashioned way of scoring cash is making a comeback with a twist. As CBS 2's Maurice DuBois reported, high-end, luxury pawn shops are popping up all over, offering loans on some very pricey items.

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Springfield City Council in Massachusetts considers final passage of pawnshop regulations
The Republican
Massachusetts' Springfield City Council will consider final passage of an ordinance that would require pawnshops and junk dealers to keep a computerized record of used jewelry and other merchandise, and keep them on hold for 30 days to aid police investigations of housebreaks and stolen property.
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Newington, Conn., pawn stars
The Hartford Courant
Like reality show Pawn Stars Chumlee and Corey, best friends and pawnbrokers Jimmy Ahern and Seth Sevimli disagree on everything from sports to politics. They did however, have a meeting of the minds when it came to opening Pawn Nation over the summer, which is the latest addition to Newington's Twin City Plaza in Connecticut.
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4 ways to turn 'no' into 'yes'
Inc.
There will be plenty of times in the early days of a business when you'll ask for something you want, and the answer will be no. For most people, that no is the end of the conversation. For you, though, a no can open up a wealth of opportunity, according to sales legend Tom Hopkins, who recently co-authored "When Buyers Say No" with longtime sales pro Ben Katt.
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Police seek suspect in robbery attempt at Derby, Kan., pawnshop
The Wichita Eagle
Derby police in Kansas are looking for a man who walked into a pawnshop, armed with a camouflaged shotgun. The man entered Charlie’s Gun and Pawn around 5:45 p.m. in what's being called a robbery attempt by police.
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