NPA Weekly NewsBrief
Feb. 27, 2014

California couple finds $10 million in gold coins buried in yard
NBC News
A Northern California couple out walking their dog on their Gold Country property stumbled across a modern-day bonanza: $10 million in rare, mint-condition gold coins buried in the shadow of an old tree. Nearly all of the 1,427 coins, dating from 1847 to 1894, are in uncirculated, mint condition, said David Hall, co-founder of Professional Coin Grading Service of Santa Ana, which recently authenticated them. More

The House passed a bill that would make unlocking your phone legal again
Fast Company
The U.S. House of Representatives narrowly passed a bill that will allow Americans to legally "unlock" their cell phones once their original plan expires, allowing them to bounce between carriers. So theoretically, if you had an iPhone 5s on AT&T but wanted to switch over to T-Mobile once your contract expired, you could do just that, no questions asked.More

Fort Myers, Fla., family searching for late son's pawned items
A Fort Myers, Fla., family is desperately searching for several sentimental items their son pawned shortly before he died in a car crash. Odin Firing, 18, was killed when his car ran off the road. The Cypress Lake High School grad had a scholarship to attend Stetson University, but the money didn't cover all of his tuition. He pawned two guitars, a paintball gun, some music equipment and his Xbox to make up the difference. More

Gold, silver hit 4-month highs on bullish chart postures
Gold and silver prices ended the U.S. day session solidly up and scored four-month highs. The markets were boosted by slowly improving technical pictures. Gold saw increasing safe-haven demand amid geopolitical concerns. April gold was last up $14.30 at $1,337.90 an ounce. Spot gold was last quoted up $11.80 at $1,338.50. March Comex silver last traded up $0.283 at $22.065 an ounce.More

8 conversational habits that kill credibility
Dressing for success may create a good impression, but people judge your intelligence and credibility based upon what comes out of your mouth. Here are eight verbal habits that immediately mark you as somebody who's either foolish or shifty.More

Former mail carrier sent to prison for stealing Cash America packages
Fort Worth Star-Telegram
A former mail carrier was sentenced Friday to 2 1/2 years in federal prison for stealing jewelry mailed to Cash America International’s corporate office in Fort Worth, the U.S. attorney general’s office reported. More

Filing small business taxes early? 5 things to know via FOX Small Business
Filing season is officially upon us. Yes, April 15 is still months away, but the IRS has begun accepting 2013's returns, and millions of Americans are getting ready to file their taxes. However, tax law can still be extremely complicated, especially for small business owners.More

Gun sales are plunging
Background checks by the Federal Bureau of Investigation, considered to be the most accurate means of tracking gun sales, plunged by a third in January compared to the year before. There were about 1.66 million background checks last month, and nearly 2.5 million in January the year before. More

Valley Pawn in Albuquerque, NM, packing up for big move
Albuquerque Business First
Valley Pawn, a Albuquerque, N.M., shop that has been in the same location for eight years, will move to new location. Justin "J" Bernstein told Business First the company has outgrown its two 6,000-square-foot buildings and he has purchased the 18,000-square-foot warehouse across the street. More

Firefox launching $25 smartphones
Discovery News
Firefox OS, an upstart smartphone operating system aimed at challenging the Apple and Google duopoly, will power a new category of $25 smartphones for developing countries, the California-based nonprofit Mozilla Foundation said.More

5 forgotten offline marketing tactics
Duct Tape Marketing
With the rise in popularity of online marketing, many proven offline methods are simply forgotten when marketing campaigns are planned. Of course, online marketing is hugely important in today's Internet-connected world, but offline engagement with customers still has unique and distinct value that shouldn't be forgotten.More

Bill would ban pawnshops, check-cashers in central Philadelphia community
A bill was introduced into City Council which would create a new Neighborhood Commercial Area zoning overlay in Spring Garden, a neighborhood in Philadelphia, for the purposes of banning new pawnshops, payday lenders, and check-cashing joints from locating in the neighborhood. More