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Americans' personal data shared with CIA, IRS, others in security probe
McClatchy Washington Bureau
U.S. agencies collected and shared the personal information of thousands of Americans in an attempt to root out untrustworthy federal workers that ended up scrutinizing people who had no direct ties to the U.S. government and simply had purchased certain books.
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'Pink Star' diamond sells for world record $83 million at auction
NBC's TODAY
The "Pink Star," a huge flawless pink diamond, sold for a world record $83 million at auction in Geneva, Switzerland on Wednesday, the auction house Sotheby's said. "Ladies and gentlemen, 68 million (Swiss francs) is the world record bid for a diamond ever bid and it's right here," Sotheby's David Bennett said to applause as he brought down the hammer in the salesroom.
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Little things mean a lot to pawnshop craftsman
San Francisco Chronicle
Yoshio Daikoku put the final polish on a gold bracelet after replacing its missing opal. It wasn't exactly a major repair job - other jewelers, he says, wouldn't waste their time with it. "Even my wife laughs at me sometimes and asks, why do you want to repair this?" Daikoku said. "I do it anyway, and that's the best moment for me."
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Poll finds Americans skeptical of so-called smart guns
AmmoLand
"Smart Guns" is a made-up term for a conceptual firearm that incorporates technology that theoretically permits the gun to be fired only by the authorized user. Failed attempts to develop and market "smart guns" have been going on for years.
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New pawnshop headed to north Fort Collins, Colo.
The Coloradoan
City National Pawn plans to add a second Fort Collins, Colo. City Pawn was originally started by Mathew Braunschweig and Mark Bohlinger in Cheyenne, Wyo., in 2005.
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Even the wealthy need a pawnshop from time to time
Bloomberg News via The Day
Last year, Marc Kaye suffered a cash shortage. He had tuition to pay at three colleges — including Harvard and Columbia — and his insurance business wasn't generating enough commissions to cover the bills.
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Pawned items lead to felonies
Florida Keys Keynoter
A Miami man arrested for allegedly stealing from a friend, writing bad checks and illegally pawning goods he didn't own remained jailed at the Monroe County Detention Center on $45,000 bond.
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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, Colo., 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.

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2 York County, Pa., women caught trying to pawn items stolen in burglary
The Patriot-News
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.

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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.

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Forbes
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Flipboard app launches on Windows 8
PC Magazine
The Windows 8 marketplace is slowly becoming more populated, today adding personal magazine app Flipboard. Built exclusively for the Windows 8.1 platform, the "truly beautiful, custom experience" comes with unique touches for Microsoft mobile users.
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