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White fails to qualify for Worlds

BBC - Fri, 2014-04-11 12:38
Jimmy White fails to make it through qualifying for the World Championship after a 10-4 defeat by Ian Burns.

How 'Choose Your Own Adventure' was born

Marketplace - American Public Media - Fri, 2014-04-11 12:14
Friday, April 11, 2014 - 14:51 Sushiesque/Flickr/Creative Commons

A party for choose your own adventure.

Ed Packard was a lawyer for RCA records. But it wasn't his true calling. Ed wanted to be a writer, and one fateful night back in 1969 he was telling his daughters Caroline and Andrea a bedtime story about a character named Pete marooned on a desert island.

"I was tired from a long day at work, and I couldn't think of what should happen next in the story. So I asked them. I got two different answers. I could sense that this was an unusual approach. They could not just identify with the main character. They could be the main character." 

Ed penned his first book on the train from his home in Connecticut to his law office in New York. He got an agent at William Morris who told him his first book "The Adventures of You on Sugar Cane Island" would be a big hit. But after countless doors were slammed in his face by children's book publishers who told him his work was more like a game than a book, Ed gave up.

He put his manuscript in his desk drawer and left it there to collect dust.

It was only after he met a young literary agent named Amy Berkower through an old college buddy that the books finally got a good, hard second look a decade later. And with the help of another upstart in the publishing business, Joelle Delbourgo at Bantam, "Choose Your Own Adventure" exploded into a phenomenon that rewrote the book on children's literature.

This story is part of Marketplace's new collaborative series with Mental Floss Magazine. For the full story, follow the link here.

As fans of "Choose Your Own Adventure" books ourselves, we here at Marketplace decided to build a choose your own adventure story to navigate and re-live the week's business news. Try it out:

Marketplace for Friday April 11, 2014

In partnership with Mental Floss.

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Total Eclipse Of The Moon Next Week Throughout North America

NPR News - Fri, 2014-04-11 12:11

The lunar eclipse peaks late Monday or early Tuesday, depending on your time zone. It begins a so-called tetrad of four eclipses occurring roughly six months apart.

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Royal Canada tour details revealed

BBC - Fri, 2014-04-11 12:06
Details of the Prince of Wales and Duchess of Cornwall's forthcoming tour of Canada - including events to mark the World War One centenary - have been announced.

William Burns, Diplomat Who Led Negotiations With Iran, Will Retire

NPR News - Fri, 2014-04-11 12:06

President Obama said he has relied on Burns for "candid advice and sensitive diplomatic missions." Burns' back-channel talks with Iran are credited for jumpstarting nuclear negotiations.

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Can't Ask That? Some Job Interviewers Go To Social Media Instead

NPR News - Fri, 2014-04-11 12:06

In the hiring process, employers aren't allowed to ask certain things, like if you go to church or intend to have children. But is it OK for employers to check social media sites for this information?

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Osborne hails UK growth in US speech

BBC - Fri, 2014-04-11 12:04
Chancellor George Osborne hails the UK's economic recovery in a keynote speech in Washington DC.

The Latest Wacky Food Adventure: A Year Without Sugar

NPR News - Fri, 2014-04-11 12:01

Is banning sugar from your home to chronicle the effects on your family a gimmick veiled in a health halo? Actually, there's a lot to learn from a memoir of obsessive label-reading and weird baking.

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Bus Accident Leaves 10 Dead On Trip To College

NPR News - Fri, 2014-04-11 12:00

Federal and state authorities are investigating a deadly bus crash in California. A bus full of prospective students headed to Humbolt State University was hit by a truck that veered across the freeway median.

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The Ukrainian Prime Minister's Visit, As Seen From Behind Barricades

NPR News - Fri, 2014-04-11 12:00

Ukraine's interim prime minister visited Donetsk Friday in an effort to reduce tensions in the east of the country. Pro-Moscow militants among the area's largely Russian-speaking population have seized two government buildings in the region and are demanding referendums on the area's future. NPR's Ari Shapiro has been behind the barricades at one of the occupations.

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Onlookers Show No Worry Over Market's Week In Tumult

NPR News - Fri, 2014-04-11 12:00

The stock market endured a volatile week as investors sold off technology stocks. Weak bank earnings added to the sour mix. But the selloff hasn't triggered alarm, and indicators for the broader economy are mostly positive.

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As Sebelius Steps Down, Obama Taps Budget Director To Replace Her

NPR News - Fri, 2014-04-11 12:00

President Obama bid farewell Friday to Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius, whose lengthy tenure was marred by the botched rollout of the government's health insurance website. Obama wants his budget director, Sylvia Mathews Burwell, to replace Sebelius.

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Ebola Drug Could Be Ready For Human Testing Next Year

NPR News - Fri, 2014-04-11 12:00

There's no treatment yet for the deadly viral disease, but several approaches are in the works. At least one experimental drug seems effective in monkeys. Next step: safety tests in people.

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Barack Obama's income fell in 2013

BBC - Fri, 2014-04-11 11:57
President Barack Obama's income fell in 2013 as sales of his books slowed but he paid a higher tax rate, documents released by the White House show.

Gay row mayoral hopeful withdraws

BBC - Fri, 2014-04-11 11:57
A Bristol councillor who said gay actor Sir Ian McKellen should not talk about homosexuality in schools withdraws from his bid to become Lord Mayor.

Police fear UDA trouble in town

BBC - Fri, 2014-04-11 11:56
A senior policeman says officers have "credible intelligence" that loyalist paramilitaries are planning to attack police in Carrickfergus, County Antrim, on Friday night.

How 'Choose Your Own Adventure' was born

Marketplace - American Public Media - Fri, 2014-04-11 11:51

Ed Packard was a lawyer for RCA records. But it wasn't his true calling. Ed wanted to be a writer, and one fateful night back in 1969 he was telling his daughters Caroline and Andrea a bedtime story about a character named Pete marooned on a desert island.

"I was tired from a long day at work, and I couldn't think of what should happen next in the story. So I asked them. I got two different answers. I could sense that this was an unusual approach. They could not just identify with the main character. They could be the main character." 

Ed penned his first book on the train from his home in Connecticut to his law office in New York. He got an agent at William Morris who told him his first book "The Adventures of You on Sugar Cane Island" would be a big hit. But after countless doors were slammed in his face by children's book publishers who told him his work was more like a game than a book, Ed gave up.

He put his manuscript in his desk drawer and left it there to collect dust.

It was only after he met a young literary agent named Amy Berkower through an old college buddy that the books finally got a good, hard second look a decade later. And with the help of another upstart in the publishing business, Joelle Delbourgo at Bantam, "Choose Your Own Adventure" exploded into a phenomenon that rewrote the book on children's literature.

This story is part of Marketplace's new collaborative series with Mental Floss Magazine. For the full story, follow the link here.

Iraqi deputy PM in clash with troops

BBC - Fri, 2014-04-11 11:46
Guards protecting the convoy of Iraq's deputy prime minister have been involved in clashes with soldiers, his office says.

Man in village explosion arrested

BBC - Fri, 2014-04-11 11:17
A 19-year-old man who was injured in an explosion in a field at his Pembrokeshire home has been arrested.

What if you could kill your stolen phone?

Marketplace - American Public Media - Fri, 2014-04-11 11:11
Friday, April 11, 2014 - 11:59 Geoff Holland/Flickr/Creative Commons

A London sign that read: "Beware, mobile phone thieves operating in this area."

 Thieves want your smartphone. They really, really want it. Consumer Reports estimates 1.6 million smart phones were stolen in 2012.

"In some cities, a majority of the reported thefts are for smart phones and other mobile computing devices," said Rob D'Ovidio, a criminal justice professor at Drexel University.  

He thinks a kill switch, which would allow you to disable your phone remotely, could make a lot of sense. A stolen phone that doesn't work isn't worth much. But the ability to kill a phone could be worth a lot to its owner.

"People who formerly had their phones stolen, they won't have that happen anymore so they won't have to go out and buy a new phone," said William Duckworth, a statistician at Creighton University.

And if there's a lot less theft, he said, insurance for phones wouldn't cost as much. All together, he estimated, kill switches could save consumers $2.6 billion a year. That doesn't include the time that police officers spend on smart phone thefts.

"When you look at the rate of thefts of smartphones in major metropolitian areas in the United States," D'Ovidio said, "it's just taxing law enforcement resources.

He thinks it's just a matter of time before all phones come with kill switches. Apple's newest operating system allows users to shut down a phone remotely. And according to Duckworth's research, that's something 99 percent of smart phone owners want.

Marketplace for Friday April 11, 2014by Adriene HillPodcast Title What if you could kill your stolen phone?Story Type News StorySyndication SlackerSoundcloudStitcherSwellPMPApp Respond No
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