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CROSSED. The edge of the solar system; by VOYAGER 1, a 26-year-old spacecraft that has traveled farther than any other man-made object. Scientists differ on Voyager 1's precise location, but radio transmissions from the probe indicate that it has entered or is about to enter a turbulent border zone more than 13 billion kilometers from Earth called "termination shock," where matter from interstellar space slams into radiation emitted by the Sun. Data sent by Voyager 1 showed a marked drop in the speed of solar winds and a hundredfold increase in charged particles, some of which probably originated in deep space. "Voyager is beginning to explore the final frontier of the solar system," said Edward Stone, a physicist at the California Institute of Technology. Launched in 1977, Voyager 1 is expected to continue sending data until it runs out of electricity in about 2020.

DIED. R.M. WILLIAMS, 95, iconic cattleman of the Australian bush whose leather-goods and clothing company became a global business empire; near Toowoomba, Queensland. Williams worked as a gold prospector and ranch hand before he began making elastic-sided boots in a shed in the 1930s. He became a multimillionaire but remained a rugged outdoorsman. At the age of 70, Williams finished first in a 250-kilometer horse race in Queensland.

CANCELLED. THE REAGANS, a four-hour cbs miniseries about Ronald Reagan and his wife Nancy, after Republicans complained that it was biased against the former U.S. President; in New York. The network shifted the TV series, which portrays Reagan as out of touch with reality, to pay channel Showtime; critics accused producers of surrendering their artistic independence.

Jessica Lynch's Story
November 17, 2003 Issue

 Sri Lanka: Political Crisis
 China: Pride and Prejudice

 Books: Afghan Women
 Books: Yu Hua comes West

 Philippines: Tower of Trouble
 Indonesia: New Terror Tactic?
 China: The Longish March

 Learn Cooking from the best
 Skiing around the world
 Giving David a Bath Top Headlines
RECOVERING. LEE KUAN YEW, 80, Singapore's founding father, after prostate surgery; in Singapore. Lee was listed in stable condition. His surgery came after his wife suffered a stroke in London last month. Although he stepped down as Prime Minister in 1990, Lee still wields significant influence as Senior Minister.

DIED. BOBBY HATFIELD, 63, tenor who was half of the "blue-eyed soul" duo the Righteous Brothers, whose song You've Lost That Lovin' Feelin' is one of the most played in U.S. radio history; in Kalamazoo, Michigan. Under producer Phil Spector, the group stood out as white artists in a genre dominated by black musicians. The duo's hits included Unchained Melody and (You're My) Soul and Inspiration. They were inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame this year.

SENTENCED. SUSHIL SHARMA, 43, former Congress Party youth leader, to death for murdering his wife and then attempting to dispose of her dismembered body in a tandoor, or clay oven; by a court in Delhi. Police say Sharma, who suspected his wife of infidelity, shot her after finding her drinking vodka and talking on the phone with the suspected paramour. The grisly case shocked India, where it is known as the "tandoor murder."


40% Proportion of U.S. wealth held by the richest 1% of Americans

18% Proportion of Britain's wealth held by the richest 1%

$1.4 trillion Potential cost to South Korea if the North Korean economy collapses, according to rating agency Standard & Poor's

900 Number of suspected separatist rebels that the Indonesian military claims to have killed in Aceh since martial law was declared six months ago

40,000 Number of Hong Kong people who celebrated China's first manned space mission at a ceremony featuring astronaut Yang Liwei in song with actor Jackie Chan

43 million Number of Indian children aged 6 to 14 who do not attend school

$5 million Amount set aside by Microsoft to reward people who inform on hackers. The company is offering a $250,000 bounty on those responsible for the Sobig and Blaster computer viruses

80 megabytes Average amount of information produced annually per person on the planet—equivalent to 1,333 copies of Tolstoy's War and Peace