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When the wealthy need cash, pawnshops can be appealing
NPR
Traditionally, pawnshops have been the last stop for people desperate for cash. But now there's a small but growing group of pawnshops for the wealthy. Actor and model Regi Huc needed $75,000 in a hurry last year. He was making his first feature film, and needed to do re-shoots before the deadline to enter this year's film festivals.
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Cash America looking to spin off online lending business
Reuters via Chicago Tribune
Payday lender Cash America International Inc. is revisiting a plan to spin off its online lending business to focus on its storefront operations that includes pawn. The company's shares rose 15 percent as a spinoff would separate the fast-growing pawn business from the highly regulated online payday lending operations.
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4 things you should know about the Heartbleed bug
Associations Now
An exploit that's being called one of the worst security issues in the history of the internet was discovered this week — and if you run a website that uses SSL encryption, it probably affects you. Here's what you need to know.
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Deputies: Pawnshop in Fletcher, NC, bought $10,000 of stolen good with tags still on
WHNS-TV
As part of ongoing efforts to ensure that items sold at a North Carolina community's pawnshops are not stolen, deputies said they discovered a Henderson County store owner selling products stolen from other stores. Henderson County deputies executed a search warrant at the Daily Dollar Pawn shop and said they found more than $10,000 worth of stolen merchandise for sale.
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Options for the unbanked
U.S. News & World Report
Almost 10 million U.S. households don't have a bank account. That's one of out of 12 homes in the nation, according to a 2011 survey by the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation. Many people don't want a bank account. According to research conducted over the past few years by the Federal Reserve and released in its 2014 Consumers and Mobile Financial Services report, 24 percent of unbanked consumers say they don't have a bank account because they don't need or want one. Six percent reported they simply don't like dealing with banks.
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Mainstream precious metals analysis off the mark
Resource Investor
On average, every quarter we are exposed to yet another price guidance by a mainstream analyst. Such analysts usually reside within a large investment bank. These calls become focal points for a sector and often seem to carry with them some form of self fulfilling prophecy. What makes them qualified?
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Greensboro, NC, pawnshop fire determined 'unintentional'
WGHP-TV
A fire that destroyed a pawnshop in Greensboro, N.C., and killed an employee is being viewed as "unintentional" by investigators. The fire broke out at USA Pawn on April 7.
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Interview: Joey Esposito opens up on comic book Pawn Shop
Comicosity
The first chapter of Joey Esposito & Sean Von Gorman's Pawn Shop is available on comiXology, and it is a fantastic read. Esposito was kind enough to give us the dirt on Pawn Shop, where the series came from, what readers can expect from the first chapter, and much more!

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Certified polished diamond prices rise in March
Diamonds.net
Diamond markets were positive in March after the Hong Kong show demonstrated steady Chinese demand for commercial-quality diamonds. The recent Basel shows signaled robust demand for top-quality large diamonds, fancy colored diamonds and fine-cut fancy shape diamonds.

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Windows XP users, it's time to upgrade. Here's how
NPR
Microsoft is ending support Tuesday for Windows XP, which means the company won't be fixing any fresh problems that crop up with the 12-year-old operating system. "PCs running Windows XP after April 8, 2014, should not be considered to be truly protected," says a company statement.

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Hearing continued for man accused of Lansdale, Pa., pawnshop armed robbery after defense lawyer's a no-show
Montgomery Newspapers
Confusion and anger reigned inside District Judge Harold Borek's Lansdale court the afternoon of April 1 as the attorney for a Philadelphia man accused of committing an armed robbery of a Lansdale, Pa., pawnshop in 2013 failed to show up for his client's scheduled preliminary hearing, eventually prompting a second continuance of the proceedings.
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Consumer demand still fuels ammunition shortage
The Spokesman-Review
For more than four years, shooting enthusiasts have suffered through ammunition shortages that have often left shelves bare even at giant retailers such as Cabela's. Ammunition manufacturers say point blank the problem is a matter of supply and demand for certain calibers, but many shooters don't buy such a simple answer.
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Indiana woman pawns close to $600 worth of stolen jewelry
WANE-TV
Police have caught a woman selling hundreds of dollars' worth of jewelry at a Fort Wayne, Ind., pawnshop: jewelry that didn't belong to her. Thanks to some good police work and cooperation from the business, detectives uncovered one of the items was actually a family heirloom that was reported missing after a home burglary.
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