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Small Business Saturday is coming
Small Business Trends
Coming up on Nov. 29 is Small Business Saturday, an event founded by American Express to promote small businesses. Customers can register to get up to $30 back when they Shop Small by spending $10 or more at participating businesses. Your business can also participate in this event by becoming a part of the American Express Shop Small movement.
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Are your customers ready to shop small on Small Business Saturday? (Business 2 Community)
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Police investigate Kansas City, Missouri, pawnshop fire as arson
KSHB-TV
Police are investigating the fire as arson. Authorities believe someone set a trash can on fire in the alley of National Pawn in Kansas City, Missouri. The fire’s crackling flames lit up the sky before sunrise. The blaze burned so hot and quick that at one point firefighters had to evacuate the building after the roof caved in. It took 80 firefighters to get a handle on the massive fire.
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New encryption technology hits nerve with DOJ
FOX News
The latest technology used by Apple and Google to meet consumers' demands on securing private data is hitting a nerve with the Department of Justice. In a meeting last month with Apple executives, the No. 2 official at the Justice Department said the company's new encryption technology that locks out law enforcement would lead to a tragedy, The Wall Street Journal reported. A child would die and the police would not be able to search the suspect's phone, the official allegedly said.
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Testimony begins in pawnshop slaying case in Fayetteville, North Carolina
Fayetteville Observer
Kyle Harris dreamed of becoming a lawyer. The 19-year-old from North Carolina was majoring in criminal justice in his second year at the University of North Carolina at Greensboro. But he never got the opportunity. Harris was shot and killed on the afternoon of Nov. 6, 2010, during a robbery of Cumberland Pawn Shop in Fayetteville, North Carolina, where he worked as a clerk on the weekends to help pay his way through college.
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Washington state museum won't give up guns after all; pawnshop offers to run background checks
The Associated Press via The Star Tribune
A small museum in northwestern Washington state says it won't be removing all of the weapons from its World War II exhibit, after all. The Lynden Pioneer Museum had announced that because of concerns about the state's new law requiring background checks for gun transfers, it was returning the 11 rifles it had on loan to their owners before the law takes effect next month.
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TRENDING ARTICLES
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    Longtime Sacramento, California, pawnbroker relocates inside rival's shop (The Sacramento Bee)
Police: Thieves try pawning coins back to owner (WFOR-TV)
Women without bank accounts are on the verge of launching a mobile money revolution (The Washington Post)
Serial pawnshop bandit suspect charged by Snellville, Georgia (The Atlanta Journal-Constitution)

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How pawnbroking is targeting new audiences in the UK
Professional Jeweller
The U.K. pawnbroking industry has grown 8 percent in recent years, as asset-rich but cash-poor individuals use what's sitting in the safe for monetary loans. Now, with TV shows and advertising campaigns pitching pawnbroking to consumers of all ages and socio-economic background, three industry leaders tell Kathryn Bishop about new trends in pawnbroking, the impact of marketing and breaking taboos.
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Meet the Gold family from 'Hardcore Pawn' at a holiday fundraiser
Detroit Metro Times
Are you a hardcore fan of the reality TV show Hardcore Pawn? Then you won't want to miss this opportunity to meet the Gold family, the show's stars and owners of pawnshop American Jewelry and Loan, at a holiday fundraiser next month.
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Gold prices weaker as US dollar index hits 4-year high overnight
Forbes
Gold prices are modestly lower in early U.S. trading. The yellow metal bulls continue to find it very difficult to shake off the negative impact of a stronger U.S. dollar against the other major world currencies. The U.S. dollar index notched another four-year high in overnight trading.
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