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Onondaga County, New York, settles lawsuit with man who proved pawn shop laws unconstitutional
Onondaga County legislators unanimously approved a $15,000 settlement with a Syracuse, New York, man who successfully challenged the constitutionality of the region's pawnshop laws. In 2009, Syracuse Police and Onondaga County sheriff's deputies hauled about $300,000 in gems, jewelry, gold and silver, coins, power tools, compressors and large industrial heaters out of Gerald Workman's home, and a West Side warehouse.
Man hospitalized after Killeen, Texas, pawnshop stabbing
The Killeen Daily Herald
A man is in serious condition after being stabbed at a pawnshop in Killeen, police said. Just before 10 a.m., Killeen police officers responded to First Cash Pawn after an altercation between two males resulted in one stabbing the other inside the store.
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Fire opals are prized for their vivid orange and play of color
Orange and red fire opals have fascinated people for thousands of years. Much of the stone comes from Mexico, where it is considered the country’s national gemstone. The Mayans and Atzecs had a special reverence for fire opal, using it in their ceremonial rituals. They called it Quetzalitzlipyolliti,” which means stone of the bird of paradise because the flash of colors is similar to beautiful, colorful birds flying and dancing in the air.
Financial regulators in Florida want payday lendors left alone
The Washington Times
Florida's financial regulators want the federal government to butt out of their business. At least their payday lending business. "If they really wanted to be helpful, they'd leave us alone," Drew Breakspear, the commissioner of Florida's office of financial regulation, told The Washington Times, speaking of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau's proposed rules to regulate the payday lending industry.
How to deal with growth without hiring employees
The workforce as we know it has changed permanently. If economic conditions weren’t enough to discourage bringing on full-time employees, the Affordable Healthcare Act (ACA) certainly is. The way the ACA is applied discourages companies from ever exceeding 50 employees. The result is a strong incentive to outsource to freelancers and agencies, which is driving strong growth in freelance demand.
Majority of Americans want background checks for all gun sales and a ban on assault-style weapons
Americans want tougher gun control laws when it concerns background checks, banning assault weapons and other measures intended to reduce the threat of gun violence, according to a new survey. The Pew Research Center surveyed people in July, after the Charleston church shooting but before the Lafayette, Louisiana, movie theater shooting, on gun control efforts and came away with these numbers:
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