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Strange rock from Russia contains 30,000 diamonds
LiveScience via Yahoo News
Here's the perfect Christmas gift for the person who has everything: A red and green rock, ornament-sized, stuffed with 30,000 teeny-tiny diamonds. The sparkly chunk was pulled from Russia's huge Udachnaya diamond mine and donated to science (the diamonds' tiny size means they're worthless as gems). It was a lucky break for researchers, because the diamond-rich rock is a rare find in many ways, scientists reported at the American Geophysical Union's annual meeting.
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New software will help police department gather information from pawnshops
KTIV-TV
Sioux City City Council members in Iowa approved a request from the police department to purchase software that will help them to gather information from pawnshops. Pawnbrokers would have to record all of their goods by using the software which would make it harder for stolen goods to pass through.
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NRF: 17 percent of Christmas Shoppers purchased jewelry or precious metal item
Rapaport
Slightly more than 9 percent of U.S. consumers who purchase gifts for the Christmas festival have completed their shopping, according to an updated survey conducted by Prosper Insights & Analytics for the National Retail Federation . Overall, consumers said that a little more than half of their shopping was completed as of December 10.
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Little Egg Harbor, New Jersey, adopts regulations for pawnshops and junkyards
The SandPaper
Little Egg Harbor, New Jersey, has passed two ordinances that will put a dent in stolen items resold through pawnshops and junkyard businesses. The ordinances require those who buy jewelry or other metals for resale must register with the township within 90 days or risk fines. Although the town does not currently have a pawnshop or a junkyard, the ordinances will govern future shops that locate in town.
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Outgoing US senator calls for tougher gun laws
Sputnik International
Congress can end the cycle of gun violence the United States has become stuck in by passing legislation imposing tougher background checks on gun sales and banning the sale of military-style assault weapons, outgoing US Senator Carl Levin says. … Recent polls cited by Levin in his letter show that 90 percent of Americans support tougher background checks on individuals trying to purchase firearms. The same polls show that over 50 percent of pawnbrokers and gun dealers support tougher restrictions.
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Florida salesman accused of pawning jewelry intended for sale arrested again
Sun-Sentinel
A salesman who was arrested in October for reportedly pawning goods he was supposed to sell was arrested again after another business accused him of the same crime. The Palm Beach County Sheriff's Office said Gregg Sulkin was accused of theft by Gregg Ruth Precious Color Jewelry Company between August 2013 and August of this year. In October, Sulkin was accused of taking more than $160,000 in jewelry from William & James Jewelry and pawning it.
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Teaneck cash-for-gold businesses among 71 cited for violations in New Jersey
Cliffview Pilot
Three Teaneck stores combined for 172 violations of "cash-for-gold" sales requirements, state officials said in announcing a crackdown this morning on nearly six dozen New Jersey shops accused of operating the businesses illegally.
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Stolen iPhone recovered at pawnshop, but thief, lesson lost
WCPO-TV
After a thief stole her daughter's iPhone, Stephanie McKenzie was determined to get it back. The Fort Thomas mom used GPS to trace the phone to a resale shop in Cincinnati. The phone shop knows who sold it to them, but for one important reason, the crook will never get caught.
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