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    Crosstown Pub opens in Batavia, highlights rivalry

    Bartender Brian Penzick of Elgin prepares limes and lemons Friday afternoon at the draft-beer bar at the new Crosstown Pub and Grill in Batavia. The gastropub opened Friday night.

    Jan 30, 2015 5:08 PM

    The sports rivalry between Batavia and Geneva is highlighted at the new Crosstown Pub that opened Friday in Batavia. But even if you aren't into sports, there some 40 fresh-made dry rubs for the chicken wings, and dozens of craft beers on tap.

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    Germany to Greece: Don’t try blackmail

    Dutch Finance Minister and Eurogroup President Jeroen Dijsselbloem, left, talks to Greece’s Finance Minister Yanis Varoufakis, right, as he leaves following a joint news conference following their meeting Friday at the Finance Ministry in Athens. Germany bluntly rejected on Friday suggestions that Greece should be forgiven repayment of its rescue loans, while Dijsselbloem, on visit to meet the new Greek government officials, said there was no decision yet on what to do after the country’s bailout program runs out at the end of February.

    Jan 30, 2015 1:47 PM

    Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras’ government, voted in last Sunday, has already said it will cancel several planned privatization projects and considerably scale down planned budget surpluses required to pay down Greece’s massive national debt.

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    Stocks sag at close; January finishes on weak note

    Danny Meyer, center, Founder & CEO of Union Square Hospitality Group, waits for the Shake Shack IPO to begin trading Friday on the floor of the New York Stock Exchange. Shares of Shake Shack Inc. have more than doubled minutes after they debuted.

    Jan 30, 2015 5:01 PM

    Nine of the 10 sectors in the S&P 500 fell, with utilities declining the most. The one sector that rose was energy. Benchmark U.S. crude rose $3.71 to close at $48.24 a barrel in New York. The price rose on expectations of lower supplies as the number of working drilling rigs continued to fall, according to a closely-watched industry count.

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    Record 41.1 million visit Las Vegas

    Westgate Superbook Race and Sportsbook in Las Vegas last Tuesday. The Las Vegas Convention and Visitors Authority says 3.1 million visitors came to Sin City in December, up 5.5 percent.

    Jan 30, 2015 1:43 PM

    The Las Vegas Convention and Visitors Authority confirmed Friday what it had already been anticipating: 41.1 million visitors, up 3.7 percent from 39.7 million in 2013, stayed overnight at the destination in 2014. The total visitor volume is the most the destination has ever seen in one year.

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    Hoffman Estates chamber hands out annual awards

    Andy Spentzos, co-owner of Apple Villa Famous Pancake House & Restaurant, accepts the award for Business of the Year Thursday at the Hoffman Estates Chamber of Commerce and Industry's fourth annual Celebration of Excellence.

    Jan 30, 2015 6:44 AM

    Apple Villa Famous Pancake House & Restaurant was recognized as Business of the Year Thursday night at the Hoffman Estates Chamber of Commerce and Industry's fourth annual Celebration of Excellence. It was one of 31 nominees in a total of six award categories recognizing businesses in the Hoffman Estates area who have made contributions to the chamber and helped spur economic development in the community.

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    Milk industry takes on bad publicity

    Glasses of milk look refreshing, but how good is the food, really? U.S. milk producers have launched a social media campaign to rebuild public confidence in the health benefits of their product.

    Jan 30, 2015 2:51 PM

    Some scientists have begun to question previous statements about milk’s benefits. For example, some researchers have noted low fracture rates in Asian countries where little milk is consumed, and questioned whether there is enough evidence to support the federal milk consumption recommendations.

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