Bookended by 9/11 and a financial wipeout, the first 10 years of the century will likely go down as the most dispiriting decade Americans have lived through since World War II. Can the next one be better?
From wars to financial meltdowns, TIME looks back on the low points of the last ten years.
The moving image of the TIME cover shot by photographer Finlay MacKay, using a Red One digital camera
Can Attack Dogs Be Rehabilitated? (Society | Rescued Dogs)
The largest dogfighting crackdown in history rescued more than 500 tortured pit bulls. But the next step is tougher: rehabilitating and finding homes for canines who have known nothing but violence
The rescue of 500 fighting dogs, and the birth of a 100 puppies, spares generations of canines from a tragic end: a gallery of dogs ready for homes
Obama's 'Mistakes': Way Too Early to Judge (In the Arena)
The media are giving Obama grief for just about everything. But it's far too soon to judge his policies
Is the breakout TV show anti-Christian or replete with teachable moments?
Air France inaugurates its A380 service to JFK, complete with six bars, an onboard art gallery and in-flight live music. But has the economic crisis made the Airbus superjumbo a white elephant?
Weekly letters to the editor
ARTS & ENTERTAINMENT
Holiday Movies (Holiday Movies)
TIME's Richard Corliss previews the season's best offerings and hottest tickets
A fail-safe option for nervous investors, gold could also help the world's monetary system
HEALTH & MEDICINE
The Year in Health From A to Z (Health / The Year in Health)
Even in tough economic times, science doesn't stop. The past year was another in which we got a lot smarter and maybe a little healthier. Here are some highlights
The Mammogram Melee: How Much Screening Is Best? (Health / Health Care)
Why the furor over the new screening guidelines could be a sign of things to come
The World According to Mickey (Travel)
Disney offers guided tours far from any theme park, but are they worth the Magic Kingdom prices?
Cloud Storage (Technology)
Make way, external hard drives. Some online services will back up unlimited data for $5 a month
Helping Women Get Their See Legs (Fitness)
Reebok's new sneakers promise more of a workout while you walk
Colleges Fight Back Against Anonymous Gossip Sites (Social Norms)
Vicious? Yes. Cowardly? Ditto. Legal? Ay, there's the rub. How colleges are dealing with the trend
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The Miracle Mineral (Global Health)
Diarrhea kills 1.6 million children every year. But simple, cheap zinc tablets could change that
Diet, exercise and genes aren't the only factors responsible for body weight, say researchers, who are discovering evidence of another component: the bacteria in your gut
America is facing an Eggo shortage and Thomas Jefferson is partly to blame
Konstantin Feoktistov (Milestones)
10 ESSENTIAL STORIES
William Langewiesche's new book is not a takedown of Captain Chesley (Sully) Sullenberger, but rather a reminder that opportunity, not valor, is perhaps the better part of heroism