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ATF arrests man in illegal gun buy from West Virginia pawnshop
WSAZ-TV
ATF agents and Huntington Police in West Virgina arrested a man who they believe was illegally buying handguns from a pawnshop. Federal agents arrested Estill Timothy Slone, 45, of Huntington, for being a felon in the possession of firearm, according to court documents.
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Family Jewels & Loan Pawn Shop: Where you can buy-sell-trade almost anything
Warwick Beacon
There is nothing like a new year to inspire you to empty out that crowded drawer of tangled gold necklaces, that heirloom pocketwatch, that unused silver-plated bowl and those outdated earrings from your mom. This winter is the perfect time to clear out that cluttered garage of power tools you no longer need, or that old guitar collecting dust in the corner.
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Microsoft to take Windows XP off life support despite its 29 percent market share
TIME
Change: It's inevitable in and of itself, and it's inevitable that some people don't like it. Ars Technica cites a report from Net Market Share contending that Microsoft's almost-13-year-old operating system, Windows XP, can still be found on almost 30 percent of computers that connect to the Internet. That's second only to Windows 7, which claims around 47 percent. Windows 8/8.1 accounts for just shy of 11 percent; Mac OS X makes up just shy of 8 percent; Windows Vista slides in at just north of 3 percent, with "Other" making up less than 2 percent.
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Payday loan bill shot down by Idaho lawmakers who say it wasn't enough
Twin Falls Times-News
A bill advocating protection for payday loan borrowers failed in committee after lawmakers said it didn't go far enough to reform Idaho's payday lending industry.
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Former mail carrier sent to prison for stealing Cash America packages
Fort Worth Star-Telegram
A former mail carrier was sentenced Friday to 2 1/2 years in federal prison for stealing jewelry mailed to Cash America International’s corporate office in Fort Worth, the U.S. attorney general’s office reported.

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Filing small business taxes early? 5 things to know
AllBusiness.com via FOX Small Business
Filing season is officially upon us. Yes, April 15 is still months away, but the IRS has begun accepting 2013's returns, and millions of Americans are getting ready to file their taxes. However, tax law can still be extremely complicated, especially for small business owners.

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Gun sales are plunging
CNN
Background checks by the Federal Bureau of Investigation, considered to be the most accurate means of tracking gun sales, plunged by a third in January compared to the year before. There were about 1.66 million background checks last month, and nearly 2.5 million in January the year before.

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Smith & Wesson sales jump 7 percent; shares surge
CNN
Smith & Wesson shares surged 12 percent in premarket trading. The growth was fueled by an increase in handgun sales, which surged 30 percent compared to the same quarter last year. Gun sales surged following a series of shootings, especially at a Newtown, Conn., elementary school in December 2012, as people feared President Barack Obama would successfully pass restrictive gun legislation.
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Nearly $190,000 worth of jewelry missing from Fort Wayne, Ind., store
WANE
A jewelry store employee allegedly stole dozens of items from the store she worked at and sometimes she would leave work, pawn the goods and return to her job. Jessica Ann Lombrana, 28, of Huntertown, Ind., is facing multiple counts of theft in connection with the case.
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The 'unbanked' need innovative loans
Richmond Times Dispatch (opinion)
For a large swath of Virginians, living paycheck to paycheck is nothing new. Accessing credit or bank loans has never been an option. This segment of the population is commonly referred to as the unbanked or underbanked.
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What you need to know about small-business record keeping
Intuit Small Business Blog
Maintaining records — legal, financial, employment, etc. — beyond regulatory requirements not only costs time and money, but also may unnecessarily expose your business to litigation. If you are keeping every scrap of paper or email simply because you may need it later, it’s time to change your M.O. A far better approach is to develop a record-keeping strategy and execute it according to plan.
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Telemarketing lessons from 'Pawn Stars'
Business 2 Community
Learn to walk away – walking away is probably the most difficult option that we could ever make, but if it means saving ourselves from the trouble of a difficult client, or merchandise we could not sell profitably, then you should do so. Rick has shown us just how important making this kind of decision. In lead generation terms, you are actually gaining more if you know when to back off.
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Wireless speaker predicts people's musical taste like Pandora
PSFK
Streaming music might be extremely convenient, but it’s not that intuitive when it comes to song selection. Cone is a new wireless speaker from Aether Things that can learn from your music choices to provide the perfect song. It works with the music you already own, and multiple streaming radio services to ensure you’re never stuck listening to a song you don’t like.
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