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ATF under investigation for undercover storefront stings
FOX News
Just as America's premier gun-policing agency began to crawl out from under the embarrassment of Operation Fast and Furious, the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives is again under fire — this time for tactical mistakes tied to a separate program designed to get crime guns off the street. Operation Fearless, as it was called, was a multi-city program through which ATF opened roughly 37 pawnshops and storefronts around the country, often in or near gang areas, with the purpose of attracting felons and criminals to unknowingly sell their crime guns to the government.
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The $83 million pink diamond default
Forbes
Diamond cutter Isaac Wolf outbid three rivals for the 59.6-carat "Pink Star" diamond, offering about $83.2 million, a world record for any gem sold at auction. He renamed it the "Pink Dream." Unlike many who would make a purchase like this, he revealed his identity and explained why he bought the gem. In fact, he did everything in a proper manner except for one thing: He never paid for it.
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Reality TV boosts some Orange County, Calif., pawn business
Orange County Register
A few weeks ago I wrote about my private tour of the Gold & Silver Pawn shop in Las Vegas – home of the History Channel's hit realty TV show, Pawn Stars, writes columnist Barbara Venezia. Waiting in lines around the building, fans of the show have made the shop one of the most visited tourist attractions in Vegas.
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Security video: Men ram stolen car into Michigan pawnshop during attempted burglary
MLive
Ypsilanti, Mich., police are looking for two men who attempted to ram their way into a pawnshop with a stolen car in a brazen burglary attempt. Police recently released security camera footage from 14K Pawn in Ypsilanti, to The Ann Arbor News.
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Stolen coin controversy involves famous pawnshop
KLAS-TV
If you were going to try and unload a fortune in stolen coins, would you take them to the world's most famous pawnshop? That's allegedly what a local thief did after stealing $40,000 worth from a home.
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It's been 20 years since the Brady bill passed. Here are 11 ways gun politics have changed.
The Washington Post
It's the 20th anniversary of the Brady Handgun Violence Prevention Act, which went into effect in 1994. The law — named after James Brady, who was shot during an attempted assassination of President Ronald Reagan in 1981 — made background checks a requirement for gun purchases from licensed dealers. From the law's passage until 2009 — the latest year statistics are available — over 107 million Brady-mandated background checks were conducted.
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Haute pawnshop
Barron's
Britain's wood-paneled Suttons & Robertsons recently opened a flagship store in New York City's midtown. This is not your run-of-the-mill pawnshop. The showroom of the 240 year-old company is filled with glass cases and dazzling objects. We spotted, for example, a 14-carat diamond-encrusted platinum clutch, and a pair of 118-carat Morganite earrings available for-sale and with prices upon request.
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Singapore pawnbrokers back in favor with investors
Malaysia Chronicle
Once the talk of the town with their red-hot initial public offers, Singapore's three listed pawnbrokers have seen their share prices sink since October in the wake of the penny stock crash and a tumble in gold prices.
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Gold, silver hit 4-month highs on bullish chart postures
Forbes
Gold and silver prices ended the U.S. day session solidly up and scored four-month highs. The markets were boosted by slowly improving technical pictures. Gold saw increasing safe-haven demand amid geopolitical concerns.

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Firefox launching $25 smartphones
Discovery News
Firefox OS, an upstart smartphone operating system aimed at challenging the Apple and Google duopoly, will power a new category of $25 smartphones for developing countries, the California-based nonprofit Mozilla Foundation said.

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5 forgotten offline marketing tactics
Duct Tape Marketing
With the rise in popularity of online marketing, many proven offline methods are simply forgotten when marketing campaigns are planned. Of course, online marketing is hugely important in today's Internet-connected world, but offline engagement with customers still has unique and distinct value that shouldn’t be forgotten.

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Portsmouth, NH, pawnshop burglarized, police seek suspect
Seacoast online
Police are looking for a man believed to have burglarized a Portsmouth, N.H., pawnshop. The burglary was reported at about 5:30 a.m., at New England Gold Buyers, where responding officers discovered forced entry was made into the pawnshop, said Lt. Mark Newport.
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Apple's new CarPlay system will turn tens of millions of cars into iPhone accessories
TechCrunch
Apple's newly announced CarPlay, which is the rebranded version of iOS in the Car, a system for converting your vehicle's in-car entertainment system into an iOS-powered dashboard fed content and brains by your phone, is a play that could massively expand the Apple mobile ecosystem – by turning cars into app-enabled iPhone accessories.
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The casual Bitcoin buyer's guide to investing in cryptocurrencies
Fast Company's Co.Labs
If you're interested in buying Bitcoins, you may have heard of Silk Road, the online agora for contraband--you know, the one whose founder called himself the Dread Pirate Roberts. The cryptocurrency was vital to Silk Road’s anonymous transactions, but Bitcoins aren't just useful currency for people who call themselves Dread Pirate Roberts. In fact, anyone can buy Bitcoins. Sort Of.
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US Mint's gold coin sales down 60 percent in February as old coin supply rises
Reuters
Sales of the U.S. Mint's American Eagle gold coins fell around 60 percent year-on-year in February as a surge in secondary sales by institutional investors dented new-coin sales, dealers said. The U.S. Mint sold a total of 31,000 ounces of American Eagle gold bullion coins in February, compared with 80,500 ounces in the same month last year, the Mint data showed.
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