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Back at work: Sally Jessy Raphael returned to her talk show Monday after two weeks in seclusion following the death of her daughter.

Raphael told viewers the last few weeks had been "the most awful and difficult time of my life."

Allison Vladimir, Raphael's 33-year-old daughter, was found unconscious in bed Feb. 2 at a bed-and-breakfast mansion owned by her parents in Erwinna, Pa.

A coroner's report said she died accidentally from the combined effects of several legally prescribed and non-prescription drugs. Alcohol was also a factor, the coroner said.

Last month, Raphael's 19-year-old son was seriously injured in a car crash.

Medal for Mann: Jack Mann, who spent 2{ years as a hostage in Lebanon, left his sickbed Monday to receive an honor bestowed on him by Queen Elizabeth II.

The 77-year-old World War II Royal Air Force pilot stood at attention as British High Commissioner David Dain placed the ribbon of a Commander of the Order of the British Empire around his neck.

"The veteran war hero simply said "Thank you, sir,' as the ribbon was placed round his neck. It was a very moving occasion and there were tears in the eyes of most people present," said Chris Drake, one of about 40 friends and diplomats invited to the ceremony. The press was barred.

Mann was hospitalized Friday with a pulmonary infection and congestive heart failure.

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