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Walmart game change concerns Georgia pawnshop owner
WALB-TV
Walmart plans to expand its video game trade-in program, but some pawn shop owners say that could hurt their business. Georgia Loan and Pawn Owner Todd Faircloth is worried that trading and selling used video games will just be the beginning for Walmart. He thinks the big chain could move to other things like electronics. He says video games only account for five percent of his business.
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America needs a bunker to store its mountain of toxic TVs
Wired
The mountain of broken down televisions and computer screens caught fire at around 11 o'clock in the morning, sending a thick plume of grey smoke over the tiny Utah town of Parowan. Soon, about ten fire trucks from neighboring towns Paragonah and Brian joined local firefighters on the scene, and authorities shut down an entire mile of Interstate 15.
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$33 million Faberge Egg discovered by scrap metal dealer
UPI
A U.S. scrap metal dealer intending to melt down an ornament for its gold was shocked to discover it was a $33 million Faberge egg, a British expert said. Kieran McCarthy of London jeweler Wartski said the scrap metal dealer, who wished to remain anonymous, bought the gold egg for $13,302 from an antiques dealer about a decade ago and had planned to melt it down and sell the metal, but the project was put on hold when he was unable to find a buyer, the Telegraph reported.
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'Pawn Stars' Rick Harrison on how to spot a fake
The Wall Street Journal
Think you know the difference between a real and a fake diamond? Or a true designer bag versus a knockoff? Rick Harrison, star of The History Channel's hit series "Pawn Stars" has 28 years of training in this department. He shares some tricks of the trade.
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Rick Harrison Talks 'Pawn Stars' (The Huffington Post)
Meet the King of Pawn Shops (Bloomberg)




Teen fatally shoots self with pawnshop gun
First Coast News
A teen walked into American Pawn in Lake City, Fla., then shot himself in the head, according to the Lake City Police Department. Police confirmed that the incident happened just when 19-year-old Brandon Lee Klatt of Deerfield, Mich., requested to see a shotgun from the display.
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UK network takes 'Posh Pawn' to series
C21Media
The U.K.'s Channel 4 has commissioned two new factual series and a one-off, including a show about a high class pawnbrokers in London. "Posh Pawn" is a six-part documentary series that will air on C4 later this spring, focusing on the experts and extraordinary clients involved in the growing world of high-end pawnbroking.
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Rare look inside 'Pawn Star's home
Yahoo TV
Recently on "Celebrity Home Raiders," host Kit Hoover took us inside the home of Rick Harrison, one of the "stars" on "Pawn Stars." For just over a year, Harrison has been living in his 6,000-square-foot Las Vegas mansion, and probably half of that space is dedicated to his huge backyard pool. Harrison describes his living room as "Alice in Wonderland" meets "macabre," but he keeps most of his play things in his garage. He has over 29 cars and motorcycles combined. Looks like he’ll have plenty to pawn if he's ever in a jam!
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Cops: Man ripped off more jewelers with fake coins
Five Towns Patch
A Queens, N.Y., man who was busted for selling fake coins to a Garden City, N.Y., jeweler has been charged with ripping off two other businesses, reported Nassau County Police. Allen Natanel, 27, of Flushing, faces more charges after investigators discovered he sold counterfeit antique coins to two other Nassau County jewelers, cops said.
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Saco, Maine, police hope pawnshop worker's conviction sends message
Maine Sunday Telegram
An employee of a Saco, Maine, pawnshop was convicted this week of receiving stolen property for failing to properly document a transaction involving a fishing reel that had been stolen in a home burglary. Saco police say the conviction sends a strong message that pawnshops are coming under greater scrutiny by area police departments because of the number of burglaries across the county.
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New pawnshop rule revision could allow expansions in Rock Hill
Charlotte Observer
New regulations proposed for pawnshops in Rock Hill, N.C., could include an exception for existing pawn shops to expand during the next two years without being held to the new standards. The Rock Hill City Council is expected to consider final approval of the new pawnshop regulations. The proposed rules, which the council initially approved in February, will look slightly different for the second vote.
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Family's Manchester, Conn., pawnshop back in business after fire
WFSB-TV
A Manchester, Conn., family said it was back in business Monday, following a devastating fire back on Oct. 12. Flames ripped through two stores, including the Connecticut Valley Coin pawnshop, and a number of apartments on Main Street.

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Android Wear: Google's Smartwatch plans come into focus
TIME
Its new mobile operating system, Android Wear, is tailored for smartwatches and other wearable devices. The software focuses on notifications and quick responses to show you information as you need it while keeping interaction to a minimum.

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Gold prices sink as tensions ease over Ukraine
The Associated Press via ABC News
Gold prices slid on expectations that a dispute between Russia and Western countries will ease. The actively traded April contract for gold fell $13.90, or 1 percent, to settle at $1,359 an ounce.

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Police: Music teacher pawned school instruments for drugs
WROC-TV
A Livingston County, N.Y., music teacher is facing charges for allegedly pawning the school's instruments for money to feed her heroin addiction. Danielle Conner-Willowglade, 30, is facing larceny and possession charges. Conner-Willowgrade works in the Keshequa Central School District in the town of Nunda. State Police say she stole up to 50 of the school's musical instruments and pawned them in Monroe County, N.Y.
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Pawnbroking firm's shares suspended
Daventry Express
Shares in Albemarle & Bond were suspended after the stricken pawnbroker was told by its lenders that they will not be able to support its plans to save the business. The banks' rejection of the management strategy means there are just seven days left to find a solution for the Reading-based group before a March 31 deadline.
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Man robs Delray pawn shop, is identified by cyclists, police say
Sun-Sentinel
Police nabbed a suspected robber after a couple riding by on their bikes became suspicious of the suspect's car and wrote down his license plate number, according to Delray Beach, Fla., police. Michael Wachtel, 23, is accused of robbing the Pawn and Jewelry Place.
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