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Felony theft charges against man who blames actions on addiction to Texas Lottery
A-J Media via Lubbock Avalanche-Journal
A former Texas Tech employee told a Lubbock police detective he stole from the university and from two other businesses to support his addiction to playing the Texas Lottery. A Lubbock County, Texas, grand jury indicted Douglas Sims on a three third-degree felony counts of theft between $20,000 to $100,000. Prosecutors accuse Sims of stealing thousands of items from three companies including Tech and pawned them at four pawnshops and at a metal scrap yard in Lubbock, according to an arrest warrant.
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New rules for Missoula, Montana, pawnshops approved
KPAX-TV
An amendment cover the way that local pawnbrokers report and record transactions was passed by the Missoula City Council in Montana. The new ordinance requires pawnbrokers to electronically transfer certain information to the Missoula Police Department - including a descriptions of the goods pawned, the amount of money loaned and the full name of person pawing the item or items.
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Los Angeles just passed a major gun control law
Reuters via Business Insider
The Los Angeles City Council voted unanimously to ban the possession of large-capacity gun magazines, following San Francisco to become the second major city in California to take that step. The ordinance prohibits Los Angeles residents from possessing a handgun or rifle magazine that fits more than 10 rounds.
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Alexandria, Louisiana, man charged after chainsaw found at pawnshop
Alexandria Town Talk
A chainsaw recovered at a pawnshop led Rapides Parish Sheriff's detectives to the Alexandria, Louisiana, man who allegedly stole it, according to a release. Deputies had taken a theft report on July 17 from a job site in Alexandria.
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Silver will decline to $13 levels
Business Standard
Silver prices have fallen faster than gold prices in the last one year. Nic Brown, head of commodities research, Natixis, in an email interview discusses the outlook for silver prices with Rajesh Bhayani.
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Americans say it's time to rein in payday lending
CBS News
Payday loans, a lending option for consumers desperate to get cash before their next paycheck, are reviled by the American public. According to a survey by the Pew Charitable Trusts, most people want to see them more heavily regulated and with lower interest rates. Only 1 in 10 of those surveyed — 1,018 people were interviewed — had a positive opinion of payday lenders. By comparison, credit unions had a 62 percent positive rating.
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How to install Windows 10 in 2 easy steps
TIME
Microsoft's Windows 10 is out. That means the clock is now ticking for current users of Windows 7 and up, who will have one year from July 29 to take advantage of Microsoft's free upgrade offer. Ready to make the move to Windows 10? Here's a quick and dirty guide to installing it. As with all major upgrades, remember to back up your machine first. It's also a good idea to check if your computer can handle the new software.
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Process of buying firearms from Alabama pawnshops, gun stores
WVTM-TV
Investigators claim Lafayette, Louisiana, theater shooter John Rusty Houser legally bought the handgun that injured 9 people and killed two women at a Phenix City pawnshop in 2014. So we did some digging to find out what the process is to buy a gun from a pawnshop in Alabama. All customers have to undergo a background check before they can walk out of a store with a new gun. There are dozens of questions the federal government asks about the buyer to make sure that person is not a convicted felon.
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Woman admits to cashing forged check in Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania, pawnshop
Wilkes Barre Times-Leader
A Hanover Township, Pennsylvania, woman has admitted to cashing a forged $502 check at a city pawnshop. Amber R. Sipple, 34, pleaded guilty Monday in Luzerne County Court to a single felony count of forgery, according to court papers.
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