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12:01am

Mon February 7, 2011
Monkey See

'Justified' Brings Back Raylan Givens, Another Working-Class Man From FX

On Wednesday, Raylan Givens is back on TV in the second season of Justified on FX.

Here are a few things Raylan Givens definitely is not:

Lazy. Insecure. Unsophisticated. Or stupid.

Instead, Givens is a modern-day U.S. marshal with the soul of a sheriff from the old west. He's as crafty, streetwise and smart as you might imagine. Created by novelist Elmore Leonard, bred in eastern Kentucky, Givens represents an interesting trend on FX: smart, emotionally complex working-class heroes.

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12:01am

Mon February 7, 2011
Politics

New Approach: Obama Woos Chamber Of Commerce

The headquarters of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce in Washington is just across Lafayette Park from the White House, but the distance between the Chamber and the Obama administration often seemed wider during the president's first two years in office.

The Chamber actively campaigned against key parts of the Obama agenda, including the health care law and new rules for financial services. But in recent weeks, the administration has been talking more about ways to work together with businesses to put people back to work. In that spirit, Obama will speak at the Chamber on Monday.

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12:01am

Mon February 7, 2011
Africa

Tunisians Sure Young Democracy Will Lure Tourists

The popular uprisings in Tunisia and Egypt are affecting the tourism industries in both countries.

Tunisia, which succeeded in overthrowing its dictator Zine El Abidine Ben Ali three weeks ago, is assessing the damage. With its sandy beaches and Roman ruins, Tunisia ranks among the world's top 40 tourist destinations.

The revolution chased the tourists away for now. But many Tunisians believe they will eventually return in far bigger numbers.

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12:01am

Mon February 7, 2011
Health

What 'Ah-Choo!' Can Do For You

We all know that sneezing spreads cold viruses. But it turns out that sneezes actually do some good — for the sneezer.

The sneeze is the body's first line of defense against alien invaders such as viruses and bacteria. Eli Meltzer, an allergist who is co-director of Allergy and Asthma Medical Group and Research Center in San Diego, says germs, dust, pollen and other irritants that make their way into the nose are no match for the mighty sneeze.

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12:01am

Mon February 7, 2011
Health

Why Some People Evade Colds And Others Don't

During a recent trip across the country, I got a severe cold that took me out of work for a week. My 85-year-old mother, on the other hand, remained healthy. I might have figured that, at her age, my mother was more fragile and therefore more susceptible to getting sick. I figured wrong.

It illustrates what many cold experts call the million-dollar question: Why do some people get sick and others in similar environments don't?

There's no cure or effective treatment for the common cold. Over-the-counter remedies may control symptoms, but they don't cure them.

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