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North Texas stores suggest breaking gun laws
KTXA-TV
It's against the law to buy a gun for someone who can't get it on their own, like a convicted felon or someone who's mentally ill. But an undercover CBS 11 I-Team investigation reveals getting around that law is easier than you think. It's called a straw purchase. Stores and pawnshops selling these weapons have to follow federal gun laws, just like everyone else. A perfect example of how a straw purchase works happened just a few months ago in our own back yard.

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Hopkinsville, ky, pawnshops fall victim to fake gold
WTVF-TV
Gold is in high demand, with prices estimated around $1,400 per ounce, but buyers beware. Two pawnshops in Hopkinsville, Ky., are the latest targets of apparent thieves trying to pass off fake gold as real. … "We're going to put acid on it and it should stay if it's real gold," said Glory Guns and Pawn Manager Rob Schneider. "If it's not real it's going to disappear."
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Pawn Max stores strive for fairness at a profit
The Tampa Tribune
Pawn Max deals in everything from used cars — there are more than 60 in his lot in Tampa, Fla. — to CDs that can be had for a dollar. There are plenty of pawnshops in the Tampa Bay area, but Phil Iovino said there are a few things that set Pawn Max apart. He worked at another pawn chain until he decided to do things his way. "I am in this to make money," Iovino said.
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Killer of pawn store manager sentenced to prison
Dayton Daily News
A man convicted of killing an Ohio pawnshop manager will serve at least 36 years in prison. Darren Taylor, 48, was sentenced to two consecutive terms of 15 years to life plus six years for firearms specifications. Store manager Ilya Golub, 53, and one of the other would-be robbers died of gunshot wounds.
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HISTORY to air new season of 'Pawn Stars', May 30
Broadway World
"Pawn Stars" is back! With an all new season, on an all new night. HISTORY's blockbuster series is moving to Thursday nights at 9 p.m. ET, beginning May 30. Each episode of "Pawn Stars" features an array of quirky characters attempting to sell, purchase or pawn items.
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Mobile-payment service Square blocks gun sales
CNN Money
The mobile-payment service, run by Twitter co-founder Jack Dorsey, amended its terms of service for retailers last week to ban sales of "firearms, firearm parts or hardware, and ammunition; or … weapons and other devices designed to cause physical injury."
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Louisville, Ky., pawnshops helping track down stole valuables
WHAS-TV
Louisville, Ky., officials have a new way to crack down on home break-ins. Their new plan involves pawnshops and tracking down stolen valuables. Those who run local pawnshops say this concept is real a win for the community.
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First Majestic cuts spending as silver prices fall
Reuters
Canada's First Majestic Silver Corp cut its 2013 capital expenditure estimate by 16 percent due to a drop in silver prices and said it could make further cuts later in the year. First Majestic joins a growing list of gold and silver miners cutting costs to protect earnings in the face of falling precious metal prices.
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Proposed law would license pawnshops, scrap dealers in Genesee County, NY
The Daily News
Genesee County District Attorney Lawrence Friedman in New York introduced a proposed law to license pawnshops and scrap dealers and track their business records. The primary purpose of the measure is to determine if items the businesses receive or sell are stolen property.
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Looking for a business smartphone: Don't automatically choose the iPhone
Small Business Trends
The iPhone has become ubiquitous in recent years. But as a business user, is it really the best choice for you? Aside from things like call clarity and photo quality, much of the iPhone’s appeal comes from the variety of applications available. The Apple App Store and Google Play have over 700,000 apps available for both the iPhone and Android systems.
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When you're starting a business, there's constant pressure. When everything is a priority, how do you remain calm and complete all your tasks on time?

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Wealth gap among races has widened since recession
The New York Times
Millions of Americans suffered a loss of wealth during the recession and the sluggish recovery that followed. But the last half-decade has proved far worse for black and Hispanic families than for white families, starkly widening the already large gulf in wealth between non-Hispanic white Americans and most minority groups, according to a new study from the Urban Institute.

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Arizona bill recognizes gold, silver as legal currency
CBS News
Did you leave your wallet at home? It could be no big deal if you live in Arizona, where you may soon be able to pay for goods and services with gold and silver.

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Arkadelphia, Ark., pawnshop hit by thieves
The Associated Press via KTHV-TV
Authorities are investigating after four people stole $15,000 cash from an Arkadelphia, Ark., pawnshop after distracting the store's two employees. Arkadelphia Police Sgt. Roy Bethell did not release specifics about how the group stole the cash from Caddo Pawn without anyone noticing.
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What is an EIN and does your business need one?
Intuit
Much like a Social Security number for individual taxpayers, an Employer Identification Number — also called a Federal Tax Identification Number — is how the IRS identifies your company. Business owners use their EINs to conduct activities that would otherwise require a Social Security number. Many entrepreneurs have questions about EINs and whether or not they need one. So we thought we’d provide a few answers.
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Top 5 small-business mistakes
CNBC
Nearly half of all new businesses don't make it past their fifth anniversary, according to the U.S. Small Business Administration. That makes it crucial for mom and pops to get basic strategies right from the get-go. Even though economists tell us the recession has been over for four years, banks remain as stingy with business loans as ever.
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