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Researchers at the University of Maryland Medical Center said they’ve cracked the code for the common cold — meaning they’re closer to a cure. The University of Maryland School of Medicine and the University of Wisconsin, Madison, worked together on the research and were able to build a family tree of the rhinovirus (or the common cold), finding about 100 different variations of it . The rhinovirus results in between $60 and $100 billion in health care costs a year. It is the cause of middle ear infections, can lead to respiratory distress and is to blame for 80 percent of childhood asthma attacks. Researchers could find the cure or cures for the cold within the next five years, but when it’s available to consumers will be up to the Food and Drug Administration. MSNBC

The automakers that received federal loans last year must submit viability plans today to government officials. Since December, General Motors and Chrysler have received $9.4 billion and $4 billion, respectively, to help them survive plummeting auto sales and mammoth debts. GM may be eligible for another $4 billion, while Chrysler is expected to ask for an additional $3 billion. Without government aid, both companies are at risk for bankruptcy. Do you think GM and Chrysler should continue to get billions in federal loans? ABC News

The founder of an Islamic television station in upstate New York aimed at countering Muslim stereotypes has confessed to beheading his wife. Muzzammil Hassan was charged with second-degree murder after police found the decapitated body of his wife, Aasiya Hassan, at the Bridges TV station in the Buffalo suburb of Orchard Park. His wife filed for divorce January 6, and police had responded to several domestic violence calls at the couple’s home, Benz said. Hassan was arrested Thursday. CNN

It’s probably safe to say that there were more shoulder pads at Goodwill drop-off bins than at fashion boutiques in recent years. But big shoulders edged onto the runways of Marc Jacobs, Donna Karan, Alexander Wang, Diane von Furstenberg and others as Fashion Week ended its fourth day of fall previews Monday. “Shoulder pads scare people but remember, runway is a fairy tale,” said Gloria Baume, fashion director at Teen Vogue. “Now we have to figure out how to make it real.” (Or we could just leave the shoulder pads in the Goodwill drop-off bins where they belong.) Newsweek

In other fashion news, pop star Justin Timberlake tops GQ magazine’s 10 Most Stylish Men in America List. Timberlake, 28, launched his own clothing line, William Rast, in October 2006. LA Times


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