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Big gift for Huntsville. Ala., high school band
WHNT-TV
The sweet sound of music is about to get a little sweeter at Lee High School in Huntsville, Ala. The Marching Generals now have a little more firepower in their arsenal thanks to a timely charitable donation made Thursday by the National Pawnbrokers Association and The Mr. Holland's Opus Foundation. The non-profit groups teamed up to give the marching band more than a dozen new and refurbished instruments, with the total retail value of the donation estimated at almost $18,000.
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Walmart offers less costly money wire service
CNNMoney
Often, the millions of Americans who don't have bank accounts are forced to use wire services offered by companies such as Western Union that charge steep fees for moving money to family or friends. Beginning April 24, Walmart will allow someone to send money from one Walmart in the U.S. to another, where it then can be picked up.
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First Cash earnings rise on higher pawn volume
Fort Worth Star-Telegram
Arlington, Texas-based First Cash Financial Services earned $22.7 million, or 77 cents a share, in the first quarter, up 12 percent from a year earlier despite closures of payday loan locations. The operator of 830 pawnshops in the U.S. and Mexico said the results included a one-time tax benefit of 12 cents a share. Wall Street analysts' consensus estimate for the quarter, which typically excludes unusual items, was 66 cents a share.
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Orlando, Fla., jury convicts men of using hammer, gun to rob Apopka pawnshop
Orlando Sentinel
An Orlando, Fla., federal jury has convicted two men of armed robbery for beating a customer with a hammer while stealing 100 pieces of gold and jewelry plus cash from an Apopka pawnshop, according to prosecutors. One of the men, Linell Devon Lowe, 22, pointed a gun at the store's manager and stole money from cash registers, according to the U.S. Attorney's Office.
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Posh pawn: How business is booming for one very swanky UK pawnbroker
Daily Mail
Situated on a suburban street in the leafy Surrey commuter-belt town of Weybridge in the United Kingdom, the small black shopfront of Prestige Pawnbrokers seems, at first glance, a rather modest affair. Those who peer through the window will see only a plain counter and a sofa and chairs for customers.
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Morpheus represents PlayStation's new reality
CNET
The PlayStation 4 has been a comeback product for Sony, which slipped from videogame domination with the pricey PlayStation 3. With Morpheus, the company could reinvent the console gaming experience, but the package has many moving pieces.
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How to spot a liar: 7 clues anyone can use
Reader's Digest
Who hasn’t heard the old saying “Liars never look you in the eye”? Here are a few more tips from the experts on how to spot a liar, even if he is lying right to your face.
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What's the best password manager?
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In the wake of the Heartbleed bug, which put so many passwords at risk, Richard from Brea, Calif., asks about password managers. Which is the best one? Jefferson Graham offers a guide, in #AskJeffTech.

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Gainesville, Ga., eases pawnshop restrictions
Gainesville Times
Gainesville City Council in Georgia has given its nod to easing restrictions on where pawnshops can be located after a second reading and final vote. The council voted 4-2 on April 1 to amend an ordinance that had required pawnshops to be separated by 2,500 feet.

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Gold type coins ride up on increasing action
Numismatic News
It appears that precious metals are in a new uptrend. Whether this is short term or longer remains to be seen. The action certainly has been a typical fake-out of the weaker longs; because just when they were getting shaken out of the market it turned positive.

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Samsung's new Galaxy S5 phone is one of the best
Business Insider
About a year ago, Samsung launched one of the most hyped smartphones, the Galaxy S4. It had a lengthy list of special features, but failed to impress critics because it was too confusing and difficult to use. This year, Samsung took a step back with its newest flagship phone, the Galaxy S5, and refined the experience to focus on the stuff people care about the most like screen size, camera and battery life.
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We need federal, not state, gun policy
CNN (opnion)
Former New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg plans to spend $50 million of his own money to build a state-by-state grass-roots network focused on stemming the tide of gun violence by expanding the background check system for gun buyers.
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