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Lab-made diamonds are the new rage
MSNBC
Now that people are more conscious about the source of diamonds and supplies of the jewels are decreasing, lab-grown diamonds are gaining popularity. TODAY's Sheinelle Jones reports.
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Congressman wants FDIC officials to pay for seeking to 'Choke' legal businesses
The Daily Signal
Senior FDIC officials must be held accountable for banking regulators' "unethical" and "illegal" actions against legitimate businesses that are out of favor with the Obama administration, a congressman with a background in banking said. In a letter to Martin Gruenberg, chairman of the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation, Rep. Blaine Luetkemeyer, R-Mo., says he wants a full review of all FDIC employees involved in Operation Choke Point.
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See related story:
Luetkemeyer says FDIC lied to Congress about 'Operation Choke Point' (St. Louis Post-Dispatch)


Senate leader: Auto title loan bill dead for year
The Detroit News
Legislation allowing Michiganians to borrow money against the value of their vehicles and be subject to triple-digit interest rates is dead for the year, Senate Majority Leader Randy Richardville said. The proposed change to Michigan's nearly 100-year-old pawnbrokers law would have allowed pawn shops to charge a 20 percent monthly “"sage fee" on loans to customers who borrow money and continue driving their car.
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FBR: First Cash a best-in-breed pawnshop, but fully valued
Barron's
FBR Capital Markets' Bob Ramsey has a new note out about First Cash Financial Services, a retail-based pawn and consumer finance stores in 24 states in Mexico. He maintained his Market Perform rating and $57 price target, but noted that the company loos able to grow earnings per share at a mid-teens pace, thanks to its 10 percent growth in store count, mid-to-low single digit same-store sales growth, positive leverage and stock buybacks.
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Get luxury items for less!
KTNV-TV
Max Pawn buys, sells, loans, trades or co-signs luxury jewelry and other valuables. This Friday, get a great deal at the annual VIP sale! There will be snacks, raffles and more! Watch today for all the details!
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Robber uses hammer to threaten St. Louis-area pawnshop worker, break into jewelry case
St. Louis Post-Dispatch
A man used a hammer to break into a jewelry case at a pawnshop, then threatened a worker with the tool before leaving with an undisclosed amount of jewelry. Police are hoping surveillance photos of the robbery will lead them to the man responsible.
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Buffalo Grove, Illinois, adds new restrictions on pawn, resale shops
Chicago Daily Herald
Opening a pawn or resale shop in Buffalo Grove, Illinois, now requires village approval, thanks to a change to the town's zoning ordinance approved recently by village trustees. The measure also bars such businesses from being located within 1,000 feet of one another, preventing them from becoming concentrated in one part of town.
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