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How I moved to New York by selling teeth
MainStreet
"Gold has been strong in the past few years, but can fluctuate pretty dramatically," says Jordan Tabach-Bank of the New York Loan Company, a.k.a., 'Pawnshop To The Stars.'"Items that seldom lose their value include large diamonds, fancy colored diamonds, signed jewelry and high-end complicated watches."
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Obama nixes ITC ban on sale of some Apple products
USA Today
The Obama administration has rejected a U.S. International Trade Commission order that Apple be banned from selling certain older iPhones and iPads that the commission said violated Samsung Electronics patents. Styled a "veto," the move is not unheard of, but it is rare. The last time a presidential veto of a product ban was invoked
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High-cost payday lenders are fighting back
The Atlantic
As the Rev. Susan McCann stood outside a public library in Springfield, Mo., last year, she did her best to persuade passers-by to sign an initiative to ban high-cost payday loans. But it was difficult to keep her composure, she remembers. A man was shouting in her face. He and several others had been paid to try to prevent people from signing. "Every time I tried to speak to somebody," she recalls, "they would scream, 'Liar! Liar! Liar! Don't listen to her!'"
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A high-end pawnshop for Miami's rich and entrepreneurial
WLRN-TV
There's a wall mural depicting a highly stylized Queen Isabella, the Spanish monarch responsible for fostering Christopher Columbus' journey to the New World. The mural is a fitting metaphor for Miami for a few reasons; it's a city which houses the wealthiest of the world, back-dropped with the mystique of frontier land. The mural was painted by local artist Diana Contreres and is found on the newly constructed Midtown Pawn Boutique, a high-end pawnshop that hopes to serve the rich and entrepreneurial.
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Katie Couric visits 'Pawn Stars,' checks out unique piece signed by Mark Twain
The Huffington Post
"Pawn Stars" got an injection of star power when a very famous face walked in. Katie Couric stopped by and dropped some major cash in the shop. "So, tell me about this. This is a Mark Twain signature," Couric said to co-owner Rick Harrison.
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$10,000 reward offered in pawnshop robbery
KTVK-TV
Police are searching for three men who robbed a pawnshop in west Phoenix. According to detectives from the Phoenix Police Department, the perpetrators backed their vehicle into a handicapped parking spot in front of the store and put on ski masks.
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Gold inches up on weak jobs data, stimulus hopes
Reuters
Gold edged higher after softer-than-expected U.S. nonfarm payroll data eased fears of an imminent tapering of the Federal Reserve's stimulus measures. Gold had fallen below $1,300 after strong U.S. gross domestic product and factory activity data that reduced its investment-hedge appeal. However, it rebounded after data showed U.S. employers slowed their pace of hiring.
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Minnesota state employee accused of stealing, pawning laptops
Duluth News Tribune
A longtime Minnesota state employee allegedly stole and pawned several work computers starting in April, according to charges filed in Ramsey County district court. Daryl B. Bacchus, 38, of Woodbury, was arrested at his workplace, the Minnesota Department of Employment and Economic Development (DEED), and "did not appear surprised and didn't even ask why he was being arrested," according to charges
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Gun sales for Sturm Ruger at post-1990 peak rebut concern
Bloomberg
Sturm, Ruger & Co. defied concern that the fading debate over gun control would crimp demand for firearms with its highest quarterly sales since at least 1990. The shares advanced to a four-month high. Second-quarter revenue surged 50 percent to $179.5 million, the Southport, Conn.-based company said. That beat the estimate of $155 million from Scott Hamann, a KeyBanc Capital Markets Inc. analyst, who rates the shares underweight.
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Thieves using cellphone trade-in machines to get quick cash from stolen goods
WBNS-TV
EcoATMs are placed at malls around central Ohio to provide a way for customers to trade their old phones in for money. A user can just drop their phone in a bin, and the machine scans it for market value. Customers can get up to $300 cash on the spot.

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Unemployment rates rise in 90 percent of US cities
The Associated Press via Fox News
Unemployment rates rose in nearly all large U.S. cities in June as college graduates and many of those still in school began searching for jobs. The Labor Department said that unemployment rates rose in 347 large metro areas in June compared with the previous month. They fell in 12 and were unchanged in 13.

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Ammunition shortage hits Macomb and Oakland counties in Michigan
The Macomb Daily
No ammo? “Huge problem,” said Ken Neeley of KD Outdoors in Waterford Township. “Department of Homeland Security keeps ordering more ammo and those orders are just being filled. The four major manufacturers (Winchester, Remington, Honady and Federal) are trying to fill their orders for the government, and they can barely put a dent in the orders for distributors and retailers.

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Woman arrested for stealing, pawning $20K in BBQ grills, lawn mowers and tools
The Associated Press via Daily Journal
Police say an Ogden,Utah-area woman is facing shoplifting charges for stealing and pawning more than $20,000 in barbeque grills, vacuums and other home improvement tools. Ogden police say in a statement 26-year-old Amanda Barnes would list the items on KSL-TV's classified website, and once a buyer contacted her to purchase an item, she would steal it.
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Kenosha, Wis., advisory group looks to restrict rise of pawnbroker locations
Kenosha News
As with, say, planning a wedding, the devil can be in the details. The same may be said for trying to fashion a licensing ordinance aimed at restricting one type of business but not hurting or unduly barring another in the city of Kenosha, Wis. Which is why there more more questions than answers when the City Council’s advisory Pawn Broker Regulation, Secondhand Article Dealer and Secondhand Jewelry Review Work Group held its inaugural meeting Wednesday night.
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How to manage an underperforming employee
By Karen Childress
No matter how thorough you are when screening and hiring employees, every now and again you're going to end up with someone who doesn't perform up to standard. And occasionally long-term staff members will begin to exhibit poor work habits, become less productive than usual, or lose interest in their work. When you realize you have an underperforming employee, the first thing to consider is the reason behind the behavior. Here are five common causes for poor performance, followed by suggestions on how to handle each one.
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7 things really persuasive people do
Inc.
While many people don't like to sell, most find themselves having to persuade someone at some point. Persuasion is not just for salespeople and their prospects. You may try to persuade an employee to perform better, or perhaps you want to persuade your boss to take on your brilliant idea. Often the most effective persuaders are your kids. Somehow they come by it naturally while you, the adult, has to work hard to find the persuasive path to success.
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    What a falling gold price means for pawnshops (NPR)
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Les Gold, 'Hardcore Pawn' Star: 'Detroit is coming back' (The Huffington Post)
Survey: 80 percent of U.S. adults face near-poverty, unemployment (The Associated Press via CBS News)

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