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Rick Harrison of 'Pawn Stars' builds empire to outlast show's popularity
The Las Vegas Sun
Long before he was the star of "Pawn Stars," Rick Harrison made his living as proprietor of Gold & Silver Pawn. Since opening in 1989 on Las Vegas Boulevard South, the pawn shop has shared a neighborhood with some famous Las Vegas figures. It still does, in fact. Harrison remembers, about 15 years ago, taking a call from a neighbor, a local legend who owned a piece of land next to the pawnshop. The man was experiencing a serious case of mistaken identity.
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Gold just below multi-week highs on dollar weakness, equities rout
Gold edged down, but remained close to a seven-week high as the dollar and shares tumbled on concerns about a slowdown in the Chinese economy and uncertainty about the timing of a Federal Reserve interest rate hike. The dip was partly due to heavy losses in the rest of the commodities sector, with crude oil down more than 3 percent, copper falling 2.5 percent to a six-year low and silver down 3 percent at $14.86.
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Virginia attorney general sues Spotsylvania pawnbroker, alleging illegal loans
The Free Lance-Star
Attorney General Mark Herring filed a lawsuit against a Spotsylvania County business. The suit alleges that B&B Pawnbrokers Inc. has been making illegal, unlicensed motor vehicle title loans and charging excessive fees for them.
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    Marrero, Louisiana, brothers arrested, accused of stealing guns from pawnshop
    The Times-Picayune
    Two brothers have been booked with theft of a firearm after authorities said they stole two handguns from the Cash America Pawn Shop in Marrero, Louisiana. Jefferson Parish Sheriff's Office Col. John Fortunato said Dedrick Bennett, 21, and Fredrick Bennett, 34, both of Marrero, were arrested after a detective recognized the brothers in surveillance video from the store. A crime scene technician also found Dedrick Bennett's fingerprints at the scene, Fortunato said.
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    Man pawned thousands in items stolen from Nutley, New Jersey, home, police say

    A Belleville, New Jersey, man has been charged with pawning thousands of dollars in items stolen from a Nutley, New Jersey, home earlier this month. Dexter Banks, 24, is accused of using a garbage can to lift himself through an unlocked window from the Romano Street home on Aug. 4.
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    Brown County, Ohio, police arrest robbery suspects, end 4-month crime spree
    Police report two more suspects were arrested in connection with a string of robberies in Brown County, Ohio. The crimes spanned a four-month time frame and covered three counties. Police said the thieves stole more than $150,000 worth of items.
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    Battle of the Samsungs: Galaxy Note 5 vs. S6 Edge+
    There's a lot riding on Samsung's latest smartphones, the Galaxy S6 Edge+ and Galaxy Note 5. Ever since the South Korean company hit a bit of a rough patch early this year it's been looking for ways to improve its bottom line. Meanwhile, profits at the company have declined for seven straight quarters, forcing it to cut prices for its Galaxy S6 and S6 Edge.
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