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FDIC chairman comes under fire during 'Operation Choke Point' hearings
FOX News
FDIC Chairman Martin Gruenberg came under fire at a House subcommittee hearing over allegations that Operation Choke Point, a controversial federal law enforcement program, abused its authority by cutting off funding for targeted businesses. During one exchange, Rep. Sean Duffy, R-Wis., suggested Gruenberg step down as head of the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation after Gruenberg was unable to answer questions about employees involved with Choke Point as well as specific allegations the agency overstepped its authority.
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Duffy pushes FDIC on 'Operation Chokepoint' (Green Bay Press Gazette)
Senate Budget Committee adopts amendment to stop Operation Choke Point funding (ACA International)
Cops: Man shoots at Cash America Pawn employee after stealing gold necklace (KSAT-TV)




Westfield, Indiana, rolls out stricter reporting rules for resale shops
The Indiana Lawyer
Resale stores have new requirements in Westfield, Indiana. The Westfield City Council approved an ordinance that requires those businesses to report transactions to police and regulates how details of purchases must be tracked.
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Cops: Man shoots at Cash America Pawn employee in Texas after stealing gold necklace
KSAT-TV
Police are searching for a man who stole a gold necklace from a Leon Valley, Texas, pawnshop before shooting at an employee on March 11. According to police, the man entered the Cash America Pawn, selected the necklace to look at and handed his ID to an employee. When the employee handed the man the necklace, the man grabbed his ID as well and ran out the door with the necklace.
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The diamond capital of the world sent out a warning signal
The Telegraph via Business Insider
Diamond giant De Beers may have recently predicted demand for the precious stones to increase this year but that hasn't prevented the latest major diamond sale in Antwerp from failing to sell all the stones on offer.
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Cedar Rapids, Iowa, man accused of pawning $3,400 worth of library DVDs
KCRG-TV
A Cedar Rapids, Iowa, man is accused of pawning more than $3,400 worth of DVDs taken from the Cedar Rapids Public Library. According to a Linn County Attorney's Office criminal complaint, 46-year-old Gary L. Driscoll came into possession of DVDs belonging to the Cedar Rapids Public Library. Those DVDs were valued at $3,427.40, according to the criminal complaint.
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Police search for suspects in northeast Houston pawnshop robbery
KPRC-TV
Police are searching for four men who robbed a northeast Houston pawnshop. It happened around 3:50 p.m. Feb. 19 when the suspects aggressively entered a Cash America Pawn shop. They were armed with guns demanding money and jewelry, according to the Houston Police Department.
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'World's most extravangant Easter Bunny' is worth $49,000, has diamonds for eyes
The Huffington Post
The company that first brought us the world's most expensive gingerbread house, the most expensive Christmas pudding and a $100,000 Valentine's Day dinner is now offering something egg-cellent for Easter.
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To be successful, do only what you do best
Entrepreneur
If there were some way for you to download decades of my experience in the business world and sort through the individuals who have had great success bringing real products to market, you’d find something very interesting.
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