Costs are soaring. States are struggling. People are losing their coverage. Has Washington even noticed?
The Hollywood version
With a Middle East peace initiative, Crown Prince Abdullah rolls out a new, assertive Saudi style
How Europeans Can Be Useful (Global Agenda)
Instead of slamming America, they should give the rest of the world a boost
How I Bought Two Slaves, to Free Them (Letter From Thailand)
A journalist gets caught up in a story in which happy endings are hard to find
Put It Back in the Drawer (Viewpoint)
The Saudi "peace plan" is just smoke and mirrors--and brilliant p.r.
A TIME reporter visits a town at the center of India's killing frenzy between Muslims and Hindus
SOCIETY & SCIENCE
Change Of Heart (Medicine)
In a surgical first, doctors fixed a deadly heart valve defect in a 23-week-old fetus. Here's how they did it
Darwinian Struggle (Ideas)
Is there a place in evolutionary theory for the hand of God? Maybe in Ohio. Hearings start this month
Dying to Have a Family (Essay)
Genetic screening guaranteed a healthy baby. Did Mom make the right choice?
Hunting Made Easy (Nature)
Shooting captive animals to mount their heads on a wall is a booming sport. Should Congress step in?
Meet The Chipsons (Technology)
Jeffrey, Leslie and their boy Derek will be America's first cyborg family. Are you ready to "Get Chipped"?
Faith in Their Father? (Society)
A TIME journalist goes home to witness a priest testing his parish's loyalty
Sneakers? Not. (TIME Bonus Section/Inside Business/Fashion)
Fashion adds new bounce to the market for athletic footwear
The Asbestos Pit (TIME Bonus Section/Inside Business/Litigation)
An old issue is back, and the lawsuits are killing shares
Generation Hex? (TIME Bonus Section/Inside Business/Management)
A new book identifies four age groups warring at work
Gold's New Rush (TIME Bonus Section/Inside Business/Retail)
He's the man behind the furniture we live with. Now Mitchell Gold wants to set a new standard all his own
Within Crumbling Walls (The Arts/Television)
A twist of fate yields an unprecedented look inside the World Trade Center during its last minutes
Can the Real Robin Still Stand Up? (The Arts/Show Business)
Robin Williams got hooked on sappy roles. Now he's getting help, by doing improv and acting out
The Bubba of Primary Colors gets a measure of respect in the nonfiction version
When Little Kids Take Big Tests (Personal Time/Your Family)
Sure, you want your child to get into a good college. But does that mean 9-year-olds should be taking SATs?
In Brief (Personal Time/Your Family)
Is Your Doctor Too Drowsy? (Personal Time/Your Health)
Legislators are raising alarms about sleep-deprived surgeons--and if you're concerned, so should you
Your Health (Personal Time/Your Health)
The Out-of-the-Box Gourmet (Personal Time/Your Technology)
Two tasty websites serve up savory meals you can prepare at home in minutes. But is great grub worth it?