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Crooks turn to different outlets to sell stolen goods as pawnshops improve
Pawnshops often get a bad rap; but the last few years have seen a dramatic change in the way pawnbrokers operate. They're working with police more, and criminals are taking notice and changing up how they work. "I've been coming here for a while," said Daniel McGough after buying some DVDs at Pawn Express in north Waco, Texas. He says the reputation pawn shops have of being a dumping ground for stolen property is outdated.
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Landmark court ruling in Westport woman's fight with pawnbroker
The Westport News
An elderly Westport, Connecticut, woman who pawned her wedding ring on Christmas Eve has set in motion a legal action that may force dozens of pawnbrokers across the state to shut their doors.
"Life as Connecticut pawnbrokers have known it is over," said Bridgeport lawyer Jonathan Klein after the Connecticut Supreme Court ruled last week that the state's pawnbrokers must reduce the interest rate they charge for so-called buy-back loans -- the bread and butter of many pawnbrokers -- because they are in violation of the state's usury law.
Apple will no longer unlock most iPhones, iPads for police, even with search warrants
The Washington Post
Apple said that it is making it impossible for the company to turn over data from most iPhones or iPads to police — even when they have a search warrant — taking a hard new line as tech companies attempt to blunt allegations that they have too readily participated in government efforts to collect user information.
School or pawnshop?
Tamika Hamilton says she just wanted her son to go to summer school, but she didn't have the money. She says she told Maple Heights, Ohio, school superintendent Charles Keenan she couldn't pay the $400 up front, so he later suggested she could leave something of value in the district safe until she paid off the summer school amount.
Georgia man received more than $3,000 pawning rented items
Northwest Georgia News
A Silver Creek, Georgia, man turned himself in to authorities after he was accused of pawning several items that he didn't own, according to Floyd County Jail reports.
Study: Online gun sales open market to buyers who would fail a background check
The Washington Post
Tens of thousands of guns will be sold through online portals in Washington state this year, and none of the buyers will be subject to background checks. That’s because of a loophole in federal law that allows unlicensed dealers to make sales online without conducting criminal records checks on those who purchase their firearms. A new study suggests a significant portion of those buyers — at least 10 percent — would fail a background check conducted by a licensed dealer.
When lying is good
No lie: There are times when not telling the truth is a good thing. That's according to a new study about the ethics of lying released today by the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania.
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Motorola's Moto 360 smartwatch available for sale again
Motorola is again offering its new Moto 360 smartwatches for sale to consumers on its website, now that they've restocked after selling all the devices that were available after the product launched on Sept. 5. There is a caveat, however—the black models of the $249.99 smartwatches again sold out the same day they were announced on Sept. 16, leaving only Stone Gray models available for sale on Sept. 17.
Easy as 1-2-3: Ways to simplify your business
Keeping things simple helps your team stay focused. This seems like it should be easy enough, but as billionaire investor Warren Buffett says, "There seems to be some perverse human characteristic that likes to make easy things difficult."
CMT's Swamp Hunters, Swamp Pawn return
Country Music Television
CMT is heading back to the bayou this fall to catch up with familiar Swamp Pawn friends in Bayou Pigeon and join the journey of Swamp Hunters in Honey Island Swamp, Louisiana.
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