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Will Kendrick Lamar make history at the Grammys?

Mesfin Fekuda Nekesa Mumbi Moody NEW YORK — Kendrick Lamar has a chance to become the first rapper to win album of the year since Outkast took the prize in 2004 for “Speakerboxxx/The Love Below.” He could also be the first rapper OF ALL-TIME — said in Kanye voice — to win song of the […]

Doing Valentine’s Day right with have-it-your-way doughnuts

Most everybody loves fresh, warm doughnuts. But most everybody doesn’t love the hassle of making those fresh, warm doughnuts. It’s a messy process that involves making a dough that can be temperamental. Who has time for that on Valentine’s Day? So we’ve created a method of making doughnuts that takes the temperamental out of the […]

In a rush? Grab a rotisserie chicken for a flavorful stew

By Melissa d’Arabian Having a trusty fast food strategy is the busy person’s key to eating well. When I’m swamped with work, travel, kids’ activities (or whatever), I quite simply cannot be trusted to choose the healthy meal over the quick one. Unless, that is, the healthy one is the quick one. Over the years, […]

Do Valentine’s Day your own way with chai spice truffles

By Meera Sodha Valentine’s Day can throw the best of us into a wild panic. How to show the one you love the way you feel without succumbing to cliches? You know what I mean – booking a table at a romantic restaurant for the set steak dinner with a side of heavy breathing couples, […]

Super Bowl 50 advertising winners and losers

  NEW YORK — The Denver Broncos defeated the Carolina Panthers during Super Bowl 50 — and there were clear winners and losers off the field, too. Advertisers pulled out all the stops to woo the 114 million-plus viewers during the Big Game. With 30-second ads costing up $5 million, it’s a huge gamble to […]

Review: Coldplay lets Beyonce, Bruno Mars overshadow band

  Give Chris Martin and Coldplay credit: It takes a certain lack of ego for musicians to essentially let themselves be upstaged at their own Super Bowl show. The British band invited Beyonce and Bruno Mars to share the spotlight Sunday for the halftime extravaganza, which evolved into a 50th anniversary tribute to Super Bowl […]

Offbeat humor, upbeat messages dominate Super Bowl 50 ads

NEW YORK — From a strange creature called “Puppymonkeybaby” to a tear inducing Audi ad, Super Bowl ads ran the gamut this year from offbeat humor to heartfelt messages. On advertising’s biggest night, Chrysler celebrated Jeep with an ad filled featuring black-and-white portraits of veterans, kids and pop icons. In Audi’s spot, a depressed aging […]

CBS says ‘The Good Wife’ will end its run in May

NEW YORK — CBS used the Super Bowl as a platform to announce the imminent end of the network’s most critically-acclaimed show, the Sunday night drama “The Good Wife” starring Julianna Margulies. The network ran an ad during the game’s first half on Sunday saying the series was heading into its final nine episodes, and […]

Inarritu wins top DGA prize, further obscuring awards season

LOS ANGELES — An unclear cinematic season got a little foggier on Saturday with Alejandro Inarritu’s Directors Guild win for his harrowing frontier epic “The Revenant.” With only weeks to go before the Academy Awards on Feb. 28, the race is still as wide open as ever. Even the guilds are divided in their top […]

‘Kung Fu Panda 3′ tops Super Bowl weekend at box office

NEW YORK — The Coen brothers’ “Hail, Caesar!” and the Jane Austen-monster mashup “Pride and Prejudice and Zombies” followed distantly behind “Kung Fu Panda 3,” which remained on top of the box office over Super Bowl weekend. DreamWorks Animation’s “Kung Fu Panda” sequel earned an estimated $21 million in its second weekend of release, according […]

Sports on TV for Sunday, Feb. 7, 2016

Sunday’s TV sports Baseball Australian Baseball League •Championship series, game 3, Adelaide at Brisbane, MLB, if necessary, midnight (Sunday) Basketball College men •East Carolina at UConn, CBSSN, 9 a.m. •Miami at Georgia Tech, ESPNU, 10 a.m. •Iowa at Illinois, Big Ten, 10 a.m. •Saint Louis at St. Bonaventure, NBCSN, 11 a.m. •SMU at South Florida, […]

This date in sports history for Feb. 7

Feb. 7 1882 — John L. Sullivan wins the world heavyweight bare-knuckle title by beating Paddy Ryan in a nine-round bout in Mississippi City, Miss. 1942 — At the Millrose Games in New York, Dutch Warmerdam becomes the first man to clear 15 feet in the pole vault indoors. Warmerdam, the first to break the […]

Skiing: Snow report for Sunday, Feb. 7, 2016

California Alpine Meadows — Sat 6:48 am packed powder machine groomed 74 – 114 base 85 of 100 trails 85% open, 13 of 13 lifts, Mon-Fri: 9a-4p; Sat/Sun: 9a-4p; Badger Pass — Sat 1:14 pm packed powder machine groomed 60 – 78 base 10 of 10 trails 100% open, 1 mile 80 acres, 4 of […]

I’m so tired of being ignored by my husband I am almost suicidal

Dear Annie: All of my life, I’ve heard about the “golden years.” Why are mine only black and gray? I have been married to my husband for 40 years. He has not been sexually capable for half that time. I understand that, but he also does not want to kiss me, hold me, talk to […]

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Horoscope: Feb. 6

ARIES (March 21-April 19). In these early stages of a relationship or project, you may be in the mood to conceal your thought process. After all, what gives them the right to know everything that’s going through your head? TAURUS (April 20-May 20). There’s no getting around it; mad notions inspire crazy reactions. Your best […]

How can I steer the conversation away from kids, grandkids?

Dear Annie: I live in the same town as two friends from high school. One of these friends married right out of high school and starting having children. My other friend and I both went to college together, and then she also married and started her family. Neither of these women had a career outside […]

Horoscope: Feb. 4

ARIES (March 21-April 19). While you may deem an emotion to be “useless,” and realize that it will not bring you progress, that doesn’t keep you from having to feel and deal with it. Accept and move through it — this one will be quick. TAURUS (April 20-May 20). What you say will matter more […]

A microwaved muffin in a mug may be just the treat you need

By Melissa d’Arabian I’m not sure how it happened, but the microwave mug muffin is suddenly an internet sensation. I’m a believer in making muffins in large batches and freezing, so I admit I’ve only taken interest in the individually-made microwave version recently. My kids love to eat anything from a cup (ever since my […]

Staying home on Valentine’s Day is easy with these scallop

This Valentine’s Day, take a pass on the expected. As in, ditch the restaurant reservations. You’re just going to get overcharged for so-so food, anyway. Instead, stay home and show your lover how much you care by assembling this simple – but impressive – baked scallop dinner. The beauty is that this recipe – which […]

9 hacks to help you drink better wine by drinking it better

Aiming for a new and improved you in 2016? That’s tough. Improving your wine experience? That’s not hard at all. Because if you want to drink better wine, the first step is drinking wine better. To help you get the job done, we asked the pros for their best wine drinking hacks that will make […]

Horoscopes: Feb. 2, 2016

ARIES (March 21-April 19). Because you want people to feel free to express themselves around you, you sometimes hold back your reactions. That’s smart. The restraint you demonstrate today will garner the deep trust of a dear one. TAURUS (April 20-May 20). You’ve no shortage of imagination. You conjure and create to your heart’s content. […]

A nightmarish bedtime routine

Q: My two girls, ages 3 and nearly 7, share a room but will not go to sleep unless each has a parent by her side until she passes out. Anything less, and it’s complete waterworks and screaming, with the little one forcing herself to throw up. How on earth do we break this awful […]

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Skiing: Snow report for Sunday, Jan. 31, 2016

California Alpine Meadows — Sat 6:50 am 4 new powder machine groomed 72 – 111 base 78 of 100 trails, 78% open, 13 of 13 lifts, Mon-Fri: 9a-4p; Sat/Sun: 9a-4p; Badger Pass — Fri 1:24 pm packed powder machine groomed 60 – 78 base 10 of 10 trails 100% open, 1 mile 80 acres, 4 […]

Sports on TV for Sunday, Jan. 31, 2016

        Sunday’s TV sports Auto racing •IMSA, Rolex 24 at Daytona, at Daytona Beach, Fla., FS1, 4 a.m. •IMSA, Rolex 24 at Daytona, at Daytona Beach, Fla., FS1, 10 a.m. Basketball College men •Lehigh at Boston U., CBSSN, 9 a.m. •Villanova at St. John’s, Ch. 2, 40, 9 a.m. •George Washington at […]

This date in sports history for Jan. 31

Jan. 31 1920 — Joe Malone of the Quebec Bulldogs scores an NHL record seven goals in a 10-6 victory over the Toronto St. Patricks. 1941 — Joe Louis knocks out Red Burman in the fifth round at Madison Square Garden to retain the world heavyweight title. 1950 — High school pitcher Paul Pettit signs […]

Horoscope: Jan. 30

ARIES (March 21-April 19). It’s easy for you to take people where they want to go. The trouble is that today they don’t want to go to the places that are good for them to be. Your job is harder than usual, but far from impossible. TAURUS (April 20-May 20). You’ve heard a good pep […]

Film academy reforms spark new round of protests

NEW YORK — Since the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences said it was altering membership rules in response to an outcry over the diversity of its voters and nominees, another uproar has erupted around Hollywood. Many academy members are protesting that the new measures unjustly scapegoat older academy members and imply they’re racist. […]

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