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Las Vegas pawnshop auctioning off ex-LAPD Officer Dorner's gun
Los Angeles Times
A month before he set off on a rampage gunning down law enforcement officers in Southern California, ex-LAPD Officer Christopher Dorner walked into a North Las Vegas pawnshop and sold a .38 revolver for $50. Now the shop, Bargain Pawn, has put the gun up for sale in an online auction, hoping to donate proceeds to victims' families.
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Pawn America parent launches new retail concept
Twin Cities Business Magazine
Rixmann Companies, the parent company of Pawn America, has launched a new retail concept called PA Exchange — and its first store opened on April 11. The 15,000-square-foot retail space, located in St. Paul, shares a former Suburban Chrysler auto dealership site with a Pawn America store. … PA Exchange is a retail-only store that specializes in slightly used, refurbished, and new retail items, including clothing, jewelry, electronics, tools, and outdoor equipment such as lawnmowers and snow blowers.
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EZCORP enters racing circuit in High Gear
Speedway Media
EZCORP joined the "Wild Asphalt Circus" at Texas Motor Speedway, partnering with David Gilliland and the Front Row Motorsports No. 38 Ford for the April 13 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race. EZCORP is proud to be part of one of the fastest and most exciting races on the Sprint Cup schedule. Speeds often exceed 190 miles per hour, and the cars shine and the sparks fly in the nighttime setting at the 1.5-mile Forth Worth, Texas, oval.
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Virginia community approves new zoning for pawnshops
Williamsburg Yorktown Daily
After hearing from the public on several cases , the James City County Board of Supervisors in Virgina approved new regulations and zoning restrictions for pawnshops, an addition to the Shops at Carolina Furniture and proposed amendments to landscaping regulations.
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Visiting the 'Pawn Stars' pawnshop
The Online Seller
You probably noticed how much we like the show and the store. Here’s why: There’s a lot of cool stuff in the Gold and Silver Pawn Shop, and it’s the kind of stuff many eBay sellers may have sold themselves at one time. They’re probably interested in much of it. The family is also real and funny, and each member has a distinct personality.
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Counterfeit luxury goods invade Chicago
Crain's Chicago Business
Status-seekers don't have to go to New York or Los Angeles to find luxury knockoffs. They can pick up counterfeit handbags, shoes, belts or sunglasses right here at flea markets, storefront shops, sidewalk stands, "purse parties" and, unwittingly, even high-end department stores. More than 100,000 fakes with a suggested retail value of more than $5 million were seized in the Chicago area during the fiscal year ended Sept. 30, according to the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement's Office of Homeland Security Investigations, one of the federal agencies policing the counterfeit market. That, of course, is only what this one agency confiscated.
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Couple stole engagement ring from Value Pawn in Orlando, Fla.
WFTV -TV
Orlando, Fla., detectives said a couple stole an engagement ring from Value Pawn. WFTV spoke to the cab driver who helped police take down the criminals who tried to use her as a getaway driver.
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US unemployment aid applications plummet to 346K
The Associated Press via ABC News
The number of Americans seeking U.S. unemployment benefits fell sharply to a seasonally adjusted 346,000, suggesting March's weak month of hiring may be a temporary slowdown. Weekly unemployment aid applications dropped by 42,000 last week, the Labor Department said. The steep decline reversed sharp gains over the previous two weeks and brought the level back to a point that signals stronger job growth.
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Gold, silver miners tumble in London as precious metals collapse
Bloomberg
Gold and silver producers tumbled in London trading as the price of bullion slumped to a two-year low after entering a bear market. Petropavlovsk Plc, a miner of gold in Russia, dropped as much as 22 percent to the lowest in 10 years. Fresnillo Plc, the biggest primary silver producer, fell as much as 16 percent, while Randgold Resources Ltd. declined as much as 10 percent.
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Senators seek to cap interest rates on consumer loans
The Hill
Several Democratic senators are taking aim at interest rates and fees on a broad range of consumer loans. Lawmakers, introduced a bill that would create an interest rate and fee cap of 36 percent for all consumer credit transactions, in an effort to end rates that can skyrocket up to 300 percent.

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What drives the gold price?
International Business Times
There is still an incredible amount of misunderstanding on Wall Street about the relationship between the price of gold and the true value of the U.S. dollar. Most pundits simply claim that a rising dollar, as measured by the Dollar Index, causes gold prices to fall …and that is the end of their analysis.

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The 2 most important days in April
American Express OPEN Forum
Eva Rosenberg at MarketWatch brings up a great point—everyone thinks that April is tax month because returns are due on the 15th. While that's true, it's only one of the several tax return deadlines that affect small-business owners over the course of the month.

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5 customer service lessons from Yahoo's missteps
Small Business Trends
Customer service is one of the many backbones of any business, and unfortunately Yahoo has failed to deliver theirs. Brands seeking to grow their place in the market would benefit from a lesson on Yahoo’s customer service missteps and, hopefully, Yahoo can recover.
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How to be the best version of you
Inc.
Truly happy and successful people get that way by becoming the best, most genuine version of themselves they can be. Not on the outside — on the inside. It's not about a brand, a reputation, a persona. It's about reality. Who you really are. Sounds simple … The problem is it's very hard to do, it takes a lot of work, and it can take a lifetime to figure it out. Nothing worth doing in life is ever easy. If you want to do great work, it's going to take a lot of hard work to do it. And you're going to have to break out of your comfort zone and take some chances that will scare the crap out of you.
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