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My money story: Boom and bust, at the blackjack table

Marketplace - American Public Media - Fri, 2015-01-30 09:16

Josh Axelrad used to be a professional gambler, (illegally) counting cards. Now, he's a writer and a dad. 

Once he stopped playing blackjack professionally, and started playing poker badly, he lost $50,000.

“I thought it was impossible that the 50 Gs I’d succeeded in vaporizing would ever come my way again,” he says.

This is the story of his crash, and how he was made whole again.

You can listen to Josh's crash story in the audio player above. To hear a longer version, visit The Moth.

Money Story: Crash and recovery at the blackjack table

Marketplace - American Public Media - Fri, 2015-01-30 09:16

Josh Axelrad used to be a professional gambler (a card counter), now he's a writer and dad.

He told Marketplace Weekend about what happened when he stopped playing blackjack professionally and started playing poker badly...he lost $50,000. This is the story of his crash, and how he was made whole again.

You can listen to Josh's crash story in the audio player above. To hear a longer version, visit The Moth.

Landlady killer 'sent death text'

BBC - Fri, 2015-01-30 09:15
A man accused of murdering a hotelier sent a text message to a friend saying he had killed a woman, a court is told.

Global crashes in an interconnected economy

Marketplace - American Public Media - Fri, 2015-01-30 08:59

People crash. So do companies. And stock markets. And, occasionally, entire countries.

We live in an increasingly interconnected world, which means that when one country crashes financially, there's a genuine risk that we could end up with a regional, or even a world-wide pileup.

We wanted to find out how likely a crash of epic proportions is, so we turned Paddy Hirsch, Senior Editor and resident explainer at Marketplace. He spoke with Marketplace Weekend about the global economy. So is it really all that fragile?

Sharapova aims to end 11-year run

BBC - Fri, 2015-01-30 08:52
World number two Maria Sharapova aims to end a losing streak against Serena Williams in the Australian Open final.

Greece shuns debt talks with troika

BBC - Fri, 2015-01-30 08:43
Greece's new finance minister snubs his main eurozone counterpart, saying Athens will not negotiate over debts with the EU-IMF troika.

M4 oil spill causes 13-mile queues

BBC - Fri, 2015-01-30 08:42
A lane of the M4 is closed and traffic is queuing for 13 miles between Cardiff and Newport because of a hydraulic oil spill.

Churches oppose three-person babies

BBC - Fri, 2015-01-30 08:42
Senior church figures call on the government to block the creation of so-called three-person babies, but scientists urge MPs to back a law change.

Meteorologist Gary Dobbs: Living through a tornado

Marketplace - American Public Media - Fri, 2015-01-30 08:40

A traumatic crash can be a very personal, deeply transformative moment, an event where life's momentum stops and your reality is changed.

How do you move forward? How does it affect the way you look at things? Gary Dobbs dealt with that first hand.

For 31 years, he worked as a meteorologist at ABC's affiliate in Huntsville Alabama.

In April of 2011, Gary had just gotten home after a long day of covering a tornado outbreak.

With storm warnings still in effect, he laid down to take a nap.

Listen to the full story in the audio player above.

Ginola out of Fifa presidential race

BBC - Fri, 2015-01-30 08:38
Ex-Premier League player David Ginola is out of the Fifa presidential election race after failing to secure nominations.

Jeremy The Koala, Rescued From Australian Brushfire, Goes Home

NPR News - Fri, 2015-01-30 08:36

The animal had suffered burns to his paws in the blaze that swept through the Adelaide area earlier this month. After a full recovery, he has been released back into the wild.

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MP Murphy to stand down at election

BBC - Fri, 2015-01-30 08:30
Paul Murphy is to stand down as Labour MP for Torfaen after 28 years in parliament.

Requiem for Romney's presidential dream

BBC - Fri, 2015-01-30 08:22
Washington establishment does double-take as Mitt Romney announces his decision not to run for the presidency in 2016.

Weekendish: The best of the week's reads

BBC - Fri, 2015-01-30 08:21
A collection of some of the best reads from the BBC News website this week.

Police probe Roy Keane 'incident'

BBC - Fri, 2015-01-30 08:10
Police are investigating an alleged road rage incident in Greater Manchester involving former footballer Roy Keane.

Does technology make people touch each other less?

BBC - Fri, 2015-01-30 08:09
Does technology make people touch each other less?

10 things we didn't know last week

BBC - Fri, 2015-01-30 08:08
Dutch babies smile more than US babies, and other nuggets.

Go Figure: The week in numbers

BBC - Fri, 2015-01-30 08:08
The week's big numbers visualised.

Nokia name row with London start-up

BBC - Fri, 2015-01-30 07:59
Nokia has threatened legal action against a UK start-up over the use of the word "HERE".

Brian Blessed pulls out of King Lear

BBC - Fri, 2015-01-30 07:56
Actor Brian Blessed pulls out of Guildford Shakespeare Company's production of King Lear on doctor's advice, after collapsing with heart trouble during a performance last week.

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