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Unemployment rates rose in half of US states last month
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Unemployment rates rose in 25 U.S. states last month, driven higher in many cases by more people who began looking for work but didn't immediately find jobs. Rates fell in 9 states and Washington, D.C., and were unchanged in 16 states, the Labor Department said. Despite the pickup in unemployment rates, employers are hiring at a robust pace, boosting job growth in most parts of the country. Thirty-seven states added jobs last month, while 12 states cut jobs. Hiring in Montana was flat.
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Minneapolis adjusts rules for secondhand shops
Minneapolis Star Tribune
A City Council committee voted to update the city's rules for stores that sell used goods, lowering some licensing fees and doing away with some restrictions that had lumped many types of businesses in with pawnshops. If approved by the full council, license fees paid by vintage and used clothing shops will drop from more than $300 to $100. Other changes include updated rules for the types of purchases and sales store owners must report to the city.
Montco man charged with racketeering conspiracy in operating payday loan business
Philadelphia Business Journal
A Montgomery County man was charged with participating in a racketeering conspiracy for the operation of a payday lending business that allegedly violated the usury laws of Pennsylvania and other states, federal prosecutors in Philadelphia said. Adrian Rubin, 58, of Jenkintown, Pennsylvania. was charged via criminal information with one count of conspiracy to violate the Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organizations Act, one count of conspiracy to commit mail fraud and wire fraud, and two counts of mail fraud and aiding and abetting mail fraud.
Changes to pawn ordinance approved in Marshfield, Wisconsin
Pawnshops and secondhand stores must now report transactions to police after changes to city rules were approved. The City Council voted to amend an existing ordinance requiring those businesses to electronically record and report transactions to law enforcement. The council had adopted the ordinance in December but it has not been enforced, as business owners were concerned the ordinance would be burdensome and officials sought to clarify some of its language.
West Valley City, Utah, officers searching for pawnshop burglary suspects caught on camera
Officers said they are searching for two suspects caught on camera breaking into a West Valley City, Utah, pawnshop overnight. Authorities said a security alarm alerted them to the break in at the EZ Pawn. Police said a man broke a window, forced his way in and then broke a display case to steal a few items.
iPhone 6 resale value higher than previous models, analyst says
The iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus are outshining the iPhone 5S and iPhone 5C in terms of resale value.
Released last September in the U.S. and other countries and last October in China, the iPhone 6 and 6 Plus have raked in huge sales for Apple. Over the last quarter of 2014 that ended in December, Apple sold a record 74.5 million iPhones, or 46 percent more devices than the record 51 million sold in the year-earlier quarter. With consumers increasingly craving big-screened smartphones, the new iPhones represented Apple's acknowledgment of that demand, helping it win more customers and gain lost market share.
Why assault rifle sales are booming
"The most wanted gun in America" is what The New York Times dubbed the AR-15-style semiautomatic in February 2013. Even though assault weapons — guns originally designed for combat use and rapid fire — constitute only about 1 percent of all 300 million firearms in America, lately they've been flying off the shelves. Demand has outpaced production. Weapons like the AR-15 represent the leading edge of the gun debate.
Set of wheels stolen from Lamborghini in Portland, Oregon, and sold to pawnshop, police say
A 44-year-old man is accused of stealing a set of wheels for a Lamborghini in Portland and selling them to a pawnshop in Happy Valley, Oregon. Ryan Gerard Griffin is scheduled to be arraigned in Multnomah County Circuit Court on allegations of first-degree theft and second-degree theft.
10 steps to lead a small but effective team
Who gets sent in when the environment is uncertain and risky, the task complicated and challenging, and the opposing force is overwhelming? It's highly trained small teams such as SEALs or Delta Force. There’s nothing like the agility, focus, inventiveness, and esprit de corps of an effective small team of committed and talented individuals, willing to put the team’s success ahead of everything else to deliver the seemingly impossible.
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