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Justice Department: No Proof Gun dealers, pawnshops purposely targeted in Operation Choke Point
The Daily Signal
An internal review of the Justice Department's controversial initiative known as Operation Choke Point found no evidence that agency attorneys intentionally used the program to target legal and legitimate businesses such as pawnshops, gun dealers and payday lenders.
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The Armed Citizen® Pawn Shops
America's 1st Freedom
Many pawnshops deal in cash, which can sometimes attract criminals bent on making an easy score. Consequently, many pawnshop owners and employees carry a firearm for protection. Following are four accounts of pawnshop employees and customers using firearms to defend themselves and others.
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Production company behind Pawn Stars sues Fox Business for $4.5 million
Adweek's TV Newser
Leftfield Pictures is suing Fox Business Network for $4.5 million for failing to pick up a reality series, according to a complaint filed in New York Supreme Court. Leftfield claims it was in the middle of production for a new reality series for the network, when FBN terminated the agreement and refused to pay.
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After initial misgivings, Smith said owning pawnshop a good life
The Rantoul Press
Pawn stores are a dark, sleazy business connected to criminal activity. That's what many people used to think, and count Pat Smith among them. Smith found out differently a long time ago. Forty years ago this month, he bought The Pawn Shop in Rantoul, Illinois, from his uncle, W.O. Smith.
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Millennial pawnbroker from Florida grabs national business honor
PRZen via Digital Journal
Pawn legacy, Joshua Davis, was recently chosen to receive the first ever Young Professional Award at Pawn Expo Las Vegas, the industry’s annual trade show. The award was conceived by the National Pawnbrokers Association (NPA) which tapped Davis to receive this award from a large field of qualified candidates. The NPA was founded as a trade association in 1987 and supports independent pawnbrokers worldwide. As the industry’s only national association, it offers education and networking for members and advocates on behalf of the industry.​
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Movie crew uses South Bend, Indiana, pawnshop as makeshift set
WNDU-TV
Customers at a South Bend, Indiana, pawnshop got more than they bargained for. The sales floor at Worldwide Jewelry and Pawn was turned into a movie set for the feature film called "Crowning Jules."
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Florida pawnshop raided in search for stolen goods
WJXT-TV
The EZ Money Pawn Shop in St. Augustine, Florida, was shut down and raided as part of an investigation into whether or not the pawnshop was dealing in stolen goods, police said. Deputies served a warrant at the shop and detectives went through the shop's inventory and comparing it to items stolen in recent burglaries.
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How to spot a fake Rolex watch
HUH. Magazine
Buying a second hand or antique watch can be a very risky and game, especially if you're new to the industry, with counterfeit timepieces flooding the market. That's why Watches2U have created a new infographic designed to help you spot a fake watch from luxury designer brands like Omega, Rolex and Tag Heuer. The advise goes from the obvious, such as looking for spelling mistakes in the brand name, to smaller details such as dust or finger prints on the inner workings.
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Apple updates its iPod Touch, Nano and Shuffle line
USA Today
Apple has not forgotten about its iPods. Hitting stores are new iPod Touch, iPod Nano and iPod Shuffle models. Entry price for the iPod Touch remains $199 for the 16-Gigabyte model. Larger models include 32GB ($249), 64GB ($299) and a new 128GB model ($399), available only at Apple retail stores and the online store.
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Gold hits 4-month low as Federal Reserve signals rate rise this year
Reuters
Gold prices fell to four-month lows, extending losses for a third session as Federal Reserve Chair Janet Yellen said the U.S. central bank remains on track to raise interest rates this year. In testimony prepared for the U.S. House of Representatives' Financial Services Committee, Yellen said the labour market is expected to improve steadily, and that turmoil abroad is unlikely to throw the U.S. economy off track.
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3 insurance scams every small business should avoid
CNBC
Many small-business owners think that as long as they buy a general liability policy, they're covered for whatever minor — or major — disaster hits. Not so. I run an insurance agency, and one of my biggest challenges is educating customers about the dangers of insurance policies that look like they're a bargain but leave them at risk of giant losses or getting sued.
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