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Pawn shop helps state police ID burglary suspects
WFMZ-TV
Police are searching for two men who reportedly pawned thousands of dollars worth in jewelry that had been stolen hours earlier from a home in Alsace Township, Pennsylvania. The burglary happened in the 30 block of Juniper Lane around 9 a.m. on Aug. 20, police said.
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Thieves rob pawn shop, escape with guns
WMC-TV
Thieves were caught on surveillance video on Aug. 2 stealing a gun from Flash Pawn on Watkins Street in Memphis. According to the shop's owner, Jim Dorman, two young guys were standing near the gun cases when workers heard glass break and saw the men run out.
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Gold recovers from low as Ukraine ceasefire uncertain
Reuters via CNBC
Gold edged higher on Aug. 3, recovering from an earlier 2-1/2 month low, as initial expectations of a ceasefire in eastern Ukraine receded and ahead of a meeting of the European Central Bank. Prices hit their lowest since mid-June at $1,261.19 an ounce in earlier trade after Ukraine said it had reached agreement with Russian President Vladimir Putin on a "permanent ceasefire" in its eastern Donbass region.
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Banning Russian-made AK-47s sets off a US buying frenzy
The Washington Post
Thirty-six hours after the Obama administration banned importation of the classic brand of AK-47 assault rifles as part of sanctions against Russia, a Maryland dealer specializing in the weapon took stock of its inventory. There was nothing left. The AK-47 buying frenzy presents yet another example of a paradoxical consequence of trying to limit gun sales: booming demand.
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Small businesses must be resourceful to stay afloat. With smaller budgets, big ideas need to be as proactive as they are cost-efficient, taking into account everything from consistent industry changes, cash flow, customer needs and the unexpected challenges you never saw coming.

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Gold prices rise as clashes erupt in Ukraine
The Associated Press via ABC News
Gold for June delivery climbed $19.50 to settle at $1,302.90 an ounce. Silver for July jumped 50 cents to $19.55 an ounce. The Ukrainian government launched what appeared to be its first major offensive to regain control of an area held by pro-Russian separatists.

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2 little words that will help you sell more
Inc.
"Yes, and … "That two-word phrase can deepen your relationships and make you better at sales. That's the word from Isaac Rodriguez, CEO of Provident Loan, and an amateur improv performer. He learned "yes, and …" as an improv technique for continuing or escalating a scene, but then discovered it was very effective in the business world as well.

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AG&J proposes solution to detecting fraudulent replicas of certified diamonds
Diamonds.Net
This text will deal with the problem of identification and certification of diamonds when synthetic diamonds, larger than 2 carat, become common enough to sufficiently meet the needs of the market. How can consumers and jewelers trust that mounted diamonds have been identified and certified? Based on the data contained within almost all diamond certificates, it is relatively easy — especially with round diamonds — to manufacture identical replicas of certified diamonds.
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Understanding your 'unique selling proposition'
Entrepreneur
Before you can begin to sell your product or service to anyone else, you have to sell yourself on it. This is especially important when your product or service is similar to those around you. Very few businesses are one of a kind. Just look around you: How many clothing retailers, hardware stores, air conditioning installers and electricians are truly unique? The key to effective selling in this situation is what advertising and marketing professionals call a "unique selling proposition" (USP). Unless you can pinpoint what makes your business unique in a world of homogeneous competitors, you cannot target your sales efforts successfully.
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