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Pro athletes in dire financial straits turn to KCK pawnshop in Kansas City, Kan.
KCTV-TV
A KCK pawnshop in Kansas City, Kansas, owner has no doubt that eventually he will be seeing some 2013 MLS Championship rings given to Sporting KC's players and staff. Don Budd has been buying and selling championship rings from cash-strapped athletes since the 1980s. Don Budd has been buying and selling championship rings from cash-strapped athletes since the 1980s.
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Payday lender subpoenaed in US criminal probe
Reuters
A U.S. grand jury has subpoenaed a company that a federal regulator has said is at the center of a deceptive payday lending scheme, a source familiar with the matter said. AMG Services Inc. was subpoenaed as part of a criminal probe conducted by the office of Manhattan, New York, U.S. Attorney Preet Bharara.
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New ordinance possible for Hopkins County, Ky., pawnshops
WFIE-TV
New ordinances are being considered concerning pawnshops in Hopkins County, Kentucky. County Attorney Todd P'Pool introduced a draft for a new county-wide ordinance concerning record keeping and the ability of law enforcement to track shop inventory to make sure stolen merchandise isn't being sold.
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Chicago looking at unlocked cell phone crackdown
Chicago Tribune
Plagued by cell phone thefts, especially on the CTA, Chicago aldermen endorsed a measure Monday that would require those who make money off unlocking the devices to keep records on their customers. The idea is similar to a city law requiring pawn shops to track who walks through the door and sells them merchandise.
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Gold prices rise as clashes erupt in Ukraine
The Associated Press via ABC News
Gold for June delivery climbed $19.50 to settle at $1,302.90 an ounce. Silver for July jumped 50 cents to $19.55 an ounce. The Ukrainian government launched what appeared to be its first major offensive to regain control of an area held by pro-Russian separatists.

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MIT nanocrystals can use your iPhone to ID fake money and drugs
Fast Company
Most of us know the Secret Service as the black-suited organization employed to protect the President. But in reality, the service was created toward the end of the Civil War, before Lincoln was assassinated, to crack down on counterfeit currency. Because up to a third of all money at the time was counterfeit.

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Should you disclose that a diamond's a trade-in?
JCK magazine
We have heard a lot lately about recycled diamonds. At an informative discussion on trade-ins last week at the American Gem Society Conclave (ably summarized here), a retailer raised a loaded question: Must a jeweler disclose to a consumer if a diamond, or piece of jewelry, is pre-owned?

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Gold, silver supplies to rise while prices decline in 2014
Rapaport
Global gold and silver mine production is set to achieve record highs in 2014; two of the key findings from Metals Focus’ inaugural Gold & Silver Mining Focus report. The project was produced under the auspices of the Denver Gold Group, with the generous support of Valcambi.
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How to master the fine art of small talk
Fast Company
Small talk gets a bad reputation. To avoid this allegedly meaningless drivel, people skip networking events. Or, almost as bad, they attend, but talk to the three people they already know. This is shortsighted, says Debra Fine, author of The Fine Art of Small Talk. "Small talk is the appetizer for any relationship," she says, and people like to do business with those with whom they’ve established common ground.
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Feds: 185 counterfeit guitars valued at $1 million seized at Jersey City, NJ, bulk mail center
The Jersey Journal
U.S. Customs and Border Protection officers working at a bulk mail center in Jersey City, New Jersey, have confiscated and will destroy more than 185 counterfeit guitars that would have sold for more than $1 million, authorities announced.
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1 man wanted for 3 pawnshop robberies in Indianapolis
WTHR-TV
Indianapolis Metro police are searching for the gunman behind three pawnshop robberies in less than six months. The Cash America on Lafayette Road was held-up in November and then again in April.
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Man pleads guilty after pawnshop finds child porn on laptop
WITN-TV
A man who sold his laptop containing child porn to a pawnshop admitted to the crimes in court. Wesley Metcalf pleaded guilty to seven counts of third degree sexual exploitation of a minor before a Superior Court judge in Onslow County, North Carolina.
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Optimizing your business posts on Facebook
By Andrea Fischetti
Many of us know that having an active presence on social media is critical for our brands and businesses to remain competitive and relevant. It is equally as important to stay current on what it means to be relevant. For some time now, brands and businesses have focused on attracting "likes" on their posts. These days the playing field has changed. In January, Facebook revised the algorithm that decides what posts users see on their news feeds. Now, users will see more posts from companies that include a picture or video. What does this actually mean?
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Cops nab 2 suspected jewelry thieves for housebreak spree
Boston Herald
Two suspected jewelry thieves from Natick, Massachusetts, have been charged with multiple attempted and successful housebreaks that investigators said date back to Feb. 27 and targeted at least eight communities.
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