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FBI rolls out $1 billion facial recognition system, Next Generation Identification
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The FBI is gearing up to launch a national facial recognition system that is expected to transform how the organization fights crime.The Next Generation Identification program, a $1 billion update to the FBI's national fingerprint database, matches surveillance images to photos of known criminals to aid agents in identifying and catching suspects. More



Pawning off stardom
Minnesota Daily    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
Jory Herman is realer than the real of reality television's stars of pawn: He's a third generation pawnbroker with 31 years' experience who runs his family's 78-year-old Hy's Pawn and Jewelry in Minneapolis. Herman's business and others like it are fodder for a newer TV-show phenomenon characterized by "Hardcore Pawn" and "Pawn Stars", among others. … Pawn shows are big on these moments of unpredictability, but they fail to capture the everyday reality of running a pawnshop. First, they rarely focus on pawning. Pawnbrokers are not solely resale jewelry and electronic stores. More

State steps in after landlord seizes Hilton Head, SC, pawnshop
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A Hilton Head Island, S.C., pawnshop launched by two golfbuddies in 2009, was forced to close last month, and the state's consumer affairs office has taken the unusual step of winding down the business. More

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Pawnshop business is booming in Central Europe
Austrian Times    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
Pawnshops in Austria in Central Eurpope have been booming since the financial crisis. But the Austrian Arbeiterkammer or Chamber of Labour that runs the Austrian equivalent of the Citizens' Advice Bureaus is warning cash strapped people that pawning cars or silver is not always the cheapest way to go to get to quick money. More

Bally Tech hopes slot fans will pine for 'Pawn'
Las Vegas Review-Journal    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
Apparently, the apocalypse is upon us. Chumlee has been immortalized on a slot machine. Game maker Bally Technologies will unveil a slot machine based on the History Channel show "Pawn Stars" at next month's Global Gaming Expo in Las Vegas. More



New pawn shop ordinance proposed in Barbourville, Ky.
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The Barbourville City Council in Kentucky wants all pawnshops to keep computer records of how they got the items in their store in an effort to reduce crime. The policy is already in effect in at least one pawnshop. Each transaction at T and L Pawn is logged into a computer. The employees record the item and the seller's personal information. "It's great. Anytime a police officer comes in, we can pull up anything we buy, pawn, or sale for that matter for them to see, and it's just really effective," said Teresa Gray, owner of T and L Pawn. More

Gold rush: Metro-East, Ill., towns look to control buying and selling of gold
Belleville News Democrat    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
As gold prices have gone up, so has the popularity of buying old gold and reselling it. But it's a largely unregulated business. Anyone can set up as a gold buyer, and anyone call sell anything to them without identifying himself or the source of the item. Now that's changing in the Metro-East, Ill. More
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Charges filed in case of child accidentally firing gun at Fairbanks, Alaska, pawnshop
Fairbanks Daily News-Miner    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
A reckless endangerment charge has been filed against a Fairbanks, Alaska, pawnshop employee accused of failing to pay attention while her 1-year-old son took hold of her revolver and passed it to another young child. No one was hurt in the incident, which occurred in April at the AK Fast Cash pawnshop. More

Gold eases from 6-month high on strong dollar
The Wall Street Journal    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
Gold futures paused, weighed by a stronger dollar ahead of a week filled with key central-bank policy decisions in the U.S. and Europe. The most actively traded contract, for December delivery, was recently down $7.70, or 0.4 percent, at $1,732.80 a troy ounce on the Comex division of the New York Mercantile Exchange. More

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Cops: Man with crutch, cowboy hat robs Pennsylvania pawnshop
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Pennsauken Police in Pennsylvania is searching for a man who they say robbed Joe's Jewelers minutes after the store opened. Investigators say the man had a limp and walked with a single crutch. He was wearing a cowboy hat when he entered the store and told the woman working at the shop that he wanted to pawn a gold ring. More

Deputies: Man rams South Carolina pawnshop with truck
WLTX-TV    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
Lexington County, S.C., deputies are searching for a suspect they say tried to break into a pawnshop with a pickup truck. Officers say the incident took place at Y B Broke Gold & Pawn. Officers say the suspect used a white or gray Ford Ranger pickup to hit the building. Despite his efforts, he was not able to make off with any items inside the store. More


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