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Rapid City, South Dakota, pawnshop owner to brighten vacant property
Rapid City Journal
For several years, the ramshackle building that once housed a liquor store had been deteriorating. Given its fairly prominent location, it had become somewhat of an eyesore to the thousands of people who drove by it every day. But now, a local businessman has bought the store and is investing about $50,000 in repairs to give it new life.
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Gold gains ahead of Chinese New Year
CNBC
Gold enjoyed its third straight session of gains with industry experts predicting a little more shine for the precious metal with the Chinese holiday period just around the corner. The price of spot gold rose by around $6 at the start of the session before easing back a little as European trading hours got under way. The price was at $1,232.40 per ounce by 12.30 p.m. GMT and has clocked a gain of over 4 percent since the start of the year.
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Ohio pawnshop owners say recent local case not the norm
Springfield News Sun
A Clark County, Ohio, pawnshop owner was arrested in January on misdemeanor charges related to his business, but local and state pawnbrokers said the industry is highly regulated, making these kinds of cases unusual.
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Standoff at Nampa, Idaho, pawnshop ends in suicide
Idaho Press-Tribune
A standoff at Ken's Pawn and Jewelry ended in a suicide in Nampa, Idaho. Nampa Police said no one else was injured in the incident that started at about inside the pawnshop. Nampa Police said no one else was injured in the incident inside the pawnshop.
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Sotheby's to offer 100-carat emerald-cut diamond at April auction
Rapaport
Sotheby's announced that it will be offering a 100.20-carat, D color, internally flawless emerald-cut diamond at its April 21, 2015 auction in New York City. The diamond is the largest D,IF emerald-cut stone ever presented at auction. Estimated at $19 million to $25 million, the gem was unveiled at a photo call in London and is dubbed by Sotheby's as the "Ultimate Emerald Cut Diamond."
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Yakima, Washington, council to consider changes for pawnshops, metal dealers
Yakima Herald-Republic
The Yakima City Council in Washington state will consider a proposal to add more reporting requirements to pawnshops and precious metal dealers in the city. Under a proposed update to the existing ordinance, pawnshop owners and precious metal dealers would be expected to document in detail second-hand items they purchase or hold as collateral for loans — including serial numbers — as well as personal information, including contact information of the sellers and to report that information to police daily.
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