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New Kmart rent-to-own program turns $300 TV into $415 buy
Kmart is introducing a rent-to-own program charging the equivalent of 100-plus percent annual interest, a move into a business that has drawn criticism for hurting low-income consumers.
2 York County, Pa., women caught trying to pawn items stolen in burglary
Two Lewisberry, Pa., women were arrested after police said they stole cash and jewelry in a residential burglary and later tried to sell some of the stolen items at a pawnshop.
Colorado Attorney General investigating pricey, stolen bicycles found at Aurora, Colo., pawnshop
The Denver Channel
The Colorado Attorney General's office is working with Aurora Police to investigate bikes stolen in a Denver bike shop burglary that ended up at an Aurora pawnshop. "They just smashed out the front glass and grabbed two bikes off the wall and two others and got out," said Wade Washburn, owner of C3 Bike Shop in Denver. "My heart just sank, you know. You work so hard for what you have."
Gun shoppers finally holster their wallets
Americans' fondness for snapping up firearms—and the fear they will become tougher to buy—appears to finally be waning a bit. During recent months, the number of background checks conducted by the FBI marked the first year-over-year drop in almost two years. In August, for instance, the FBI processed 1.4 million inquiries into potential gun buyers, down 7 percent from August 2012.
6 tips for running your business on a budget
American Express OPEN Forum
When they're first starting out, small-business owners usually have plenty of ideas. What they often don't have enough of is operating funds. So what can you do if your ideas are bigger than your bank balance? How can you get your company up and running with limited funds?
2 die in blast at South Africa jewelry pawnshop
The Associated Press via ABC News
An explosion rocked a store that buys gold and jewelry in Johannesburg, killing at least two people and injuring three others. The exact cause of the blast was not immediately clear, but police suspect criminal activity.
California ammunition sales limit overturned
San Francisco Chronicle
In a setback for gun-control advocates, a state appeals court has barred enforcement of a California law that would require all purchases of ammunition "principally for use" in handguns to be made in person rather than by mail order or on the Internet.
Who cares about 'likes' anyway?
By Jeffrey Dobkin
The answer is no one. Do you have a big "like" button wasting space on your website? Do you send visitors unimportant requests to "like" you, instead of valuable requests such asking for referrals? I guess you see where this is heading. What's the value of a like? Not much, really. When likes started, they seemed to be such a great idea: Google and other data collection sites could measure your popularity. The more likes, the more popular. So what happened?
CMT's 'Swamp Pawn' season premiere extended preview
CMT is traveling back down south to Bayou Pigeon, La., when SWAMP PAWN returns for a 16-episode second season on Saturday, Nov. 16 at 10 p.m. – 11 p.m., ET/PT.
Motorola unveils budget smartphone, aimed at world
The Associated Press via ABC News
Motorola says it wants to equip the world with the latest smartphone technology, at less than a third the price. The new Moto G phone starts at $179 in the U.S. without a contract requirement. That compares with $600 or more that people must pay for phones without traditional two-year service agreements.
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