SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — Mormon leaders vowed to be a leading advocate for the belief that marriage is an institution exclusive to a man and a woman during the religion's biannual conference Saturday that also included two rare events.
INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Hundreds of people calling for Indiana to add protections for gays and lesbians to the state's civil-rights laws marched through downtown Indianapolis Saturday, attracting the attention basketball fans attending the NCAA Final Four, some of whom offered the protesters cheers of support.
CHICAGO (AP) — An aunt of a convicted murderer who was captured in Chicago after a nearly three-day manhunt was charged Saturday with giving her nephew information that helped him escape from an eastern Illinois jail where she had once worked.
By Jon Herskovitz AUSTIN, Texas (Reuters) - After centuries on the fringe of consumer finance, the neighborhood pawn shop is pushing its way toward the mainstream, thanks to the power of reality television and the long arm of government regulation. The History Channel's hit show "Pawn Stars," featuring a Las Vegas shop run by three generations of the quirky but endearing Harrison family, has helped transform the image of the pawn shop, portraying it as a fun place to do business and discover one-of-a-kind buys. At the same time, more consumers, even those with other loan options, are finding that the simplicity of the pawn shop has its appeal. "The big change in the industry has been the mainstreaming of the image," said Emmett Murphy, spokesman for the National Pawnbrokers Association.