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  • Netflix won’t say how many people watch their series Jan 17, 2015 6:41 AM
    Even as Netflix continues to pump out more original programming, its bosses say they will continue to keep secret details on how many people are actually watching. The ratings “arms race” on traditional television has a negative effect on creativity, an executive says.

  • Netflix drops hints on where streaming service may expand Jan 17, 2015 6:41 AM
    Netflix Inc., the world’s largest subscription streaming service, is dropping hints about where it may expand next. In a research note, Citibank analyst Mark May pointed out a LinkedIn job posting seeking people fluent in Arabic, Hungarian, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Polish and Vietnamese.

  • App check: Relaxation is just a few breaths away Jan 17, 2015 7:00 AM
    Breathe2Relax, an app that teaches you how to do deep breathing, comes from, of all places, the Department of Defense -- which explains the militaristic (but sometimes creepy-looking) avatar in its demonstration video.

  • Book notes: Mike Greenberg signs book, broadcasts live in Winnetka Jan 17, 2015 5:30 AM
    Mike Greenberg, co-host of ESPN Radio’s “Mike and Mike” sports talk show, signs copies of his new book, “My Father’s Wives,” and broadcasts live on the radio from noon to 2 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 24, at The Book Stall in Winnetka. Chicago-area author Mary Kubica discusses and signs copies of her debut novel, "The Good Girl," at 7 p.m. Monday, Jan. 19, at the Vernon Area Public Library in Lincolnshire.

  • Nicole Kidman shows her silly side in ‘Paddington’ Jan 17, 2015 6:00 AM
    Nicole Kidman knows most people don’t consider her a comedic actress. So how did she end up in a modest role as a delightfully villainous taxidermist in the children’s film “Paddington” with a relatively unknown director at the helm? The answer is simple: She was asked.

  • DVD previews: ‘Boxtrolls,’ ‘The Drop’ released Tuesday Jan 17, 2015 5:30 AM
    “The Boxtrolls” creates a feast for fans of old-school animation art, and the story is a delight as well. It comes to DVD Jan. 20.

  • On the road: Your love is lifting me higher Jan 17, 2015 1:23 PM
    Take a different approach to Valentine's Day with the “Love is in the Air Romance Package” at Hilton Chicago/Oak Brook Hills Resort & Conference Center, including a helicopter ride and some sweet treats. The Chicago Children's Museum's "Move It" exhibit gets kids crawling, climbing and jumping.

  • Obese preschoolers may slim down with Head Start, study says Jan 17, 2015 7:00 AM
    Head Start programs have been shown to help poor children do better in school, but they may also help them fight obesity, a study suggests.

  • Be careful of arsenic levels in rice Jan 17, 2015 7:00 AM
    Arsenic is toxic and it is found in high concentrations in rice. Rice is unique among plants in that it will absorb large amounts of arsenic from the soil. Rice-based food consumption can account for almost 50 percent of daily arsenic consumption.

  • Weekend picks: Arboretum rolls out Enchanted Railroad Jan 17, 2015 5:45 AM
    The Enchanted Railroad is back and newly renovated with multiple miniature trains traveling through landscapes experiencing the four seasons starting Saturday at the Morton Arboretum in Lisle. The Greater Chicago and Geneva All-American Soap Box Derby Association host the Indoor All American Soap Box Derby Race at Charlestowne Mall in St. Charles. If your kids have a fondness for prehistoric reptiles, take them to see the oversize animatronic ones in the Discover the Dinosaurs exhibit at the Donald E. Stephens Convention Center in Rosemont. And you can meet a couple "Sons of Anarchy“ stars and other celebrities appearing at the 31st Annual Chicago Cycle Show & Swap Meet at Pheasant Run.

  • 2015 Humanitarian Award given to Elgin councilman who died Jan 17, 2015 3:39 PM
    Longtime Elgin City Council member Robert Gilliam was given the 2015 Humanitarian Award posthumously at Saturday’s Elgin prayer breakfast at Elgin Community College. “He lived for the town, helping people, and was never too busy to listen to anybody that had a problem,” Marianne Gilliam said of her late husband, choking back tears.

  • 'American Idol' talks of working with 'Empire' Jan 18, 2015 9:51 AM
    "American Idol" producers have talked about a cross-promotion with "Empire," Fox's hot new series about a music industry family, perhaps getting some of the contestants on the scripted show, producers said Saturday.

  • 'Czech capital of beer' becomes European capital of culture Jan 18, 2015 10:15 AM
    'Czech capital of beer' Plzen inaugurated European capital of culture for 2015

  • When house shopping, look for steak, not sizzle Jan 17, 2015 12:01 AM
    Q. My husband and I have been together for three years, and are ready to buy our first house. It’ll be a tight squeeze, but we both have good credit and good jobs. Do you have any advice about where to find bargains in houses for sale?

  • The fixed-rate option is different with a HECM reverse mortgages Jan 17, 2015 12:00 AM
    A reader caught me off guard the other day by saying that she had counted 28 articles on adjustable rate mortgages on my website, but all of them pertained to standard mortgages. Not one applied to reverse mortgages, and she wondered whether that was because the issues were exactly the same? I winced at that, because the issues are not the same — not even close.

  • McNally Smith to stage Winter Jazz Blast Jan. 24 in St. Paul Jan 17, 2015 4:06 AM
    High school jazz bands to perform for each other at Winter Jazz Blast Jan. 24 in St. Paul

  • Verizon CEO foresees big profits in mobile pay TV Jan 17, 2015 7:33 AM
    Verizon Chief Executive Officer Lowell McAdam has long wanted to become a force in mobile television. Now he’s poised to make that happen so McAdam is exploring deals with AOL and other companies that are leaders in so-called programmatic advertising.

  • FAA employee arrested after flying with gun in carry-on Jan 17, 2015 1:06 PM
    FAA security inspector arrested after flying from Atlanta to New York with gun in carry-on

  • Frontier Airlines to shed 1,300 jobs in Denver and Milwaukee Jan 17, 2015 1:06 PM
    Low-cost carrier Frontier Airlines will outsource 1,300 jobs at Denver airport and Milwaukee

  • AP PHOTOS: Post-typhoon, can the pope repair broken ties? Jan 17, 2015 12:05 PM
    AP PHOTOS: Typhoon survivors hope the pope can mend broken community ties

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