The Afghan Way of War (The War)

As a rebel offensive sends the Taliban running, TIME looks at how both sides fight to the death

Profile Of A Killer (War and Terror/Anthrax)

Lacking hard evidence, the FBI hopes its portrait of the anthrax mailer will flush out a suspect

The Near Misses (War and Terror/Hunt for bin Laden)

Saudi Arabia's ex-intelligence chief tells TIME about the failed efforts to bring in Osama

General on the March (Justice)

John Ashcroft wants to mobilize the Justice Department to fight terror. Is he going too far?


Yer Out! (Sports)

Baseball says two poor teams have to go. Players wonder if the owners are just playing hardball

Best Of Tech (Inventions of the Year/Buyer's Guide)

Shopping in the high-tech aisle can be scary. Those blinky lights, those haughty salesclerks. That's why we've gone through all the major product categories and picked out the best bet at each of three price points: cheap, moderate and expensive. This year give the gift of gear!

Best Of The Rest (Inventions of the Year/Best Inventions)

Windup cell phones, stink-free shoes and 31 other ideas. What will they think of next?

But Will They Fly? (Inventions of the Year/Best Inventions/Blue Sky)

Always on the launching pad, rarely in the air, these flying machines still haven't taken off

Web Shopping (Inventions of the Year/Web Shopping)

Who says the dotcoms are dead? Online sales are one of the bright spots in the post-Sept. 11 economy, and the products on the pages that follow are proof that the Web is alive with gorgeous and original gifts for everyone on your holiday shopping list

Where It's At (Inventions of the Year/Best Inventions)

A machine code-named Ginger was all the buzz last January. And now?


Rudy's Unlikely Heir (Politics)

Riding Giuliani's coattails into city hall, billionaire Michael Bloomberg is about to discover how the second hardest job in America got even harder


Flying Low (Airlines)

Holiday bookings are down, and carriers' losses are up. Just how safe and solvent is the industry?

Gates And The States (Technology)

Nine attorneys general settle with the software giant. Nine soldier on. Has Microsoft already won?


The Culture Comes Home (The Arts/Art)

Reconciling? Reprioritizing? Popular entertainment was doing it long before Sept. 11

All Steady on Teddy (The Arts/Books)

After his slippery life of Reagan, Edmund Morris finds sure footing again with Theodore Roosevelt

Pokers Wild (The Arts/Books)

What happens when geniuses attack

When He's 64 (The Arts/Cinema)

Wrinkles and all, Robert Redford is the American cinema's eternal, and most principled, hunk

Wizardry Without Magic (The Arts/Cinema)

The Harry Potter film has loads of technical expertise but lacks the enthralling life of Rowling's original

Unsnobby at the Keys (The Arts/Music)

Stephen Hough has a MacArthur grant and lots of new classical CDs. But don't call him an intellectual

Hoop Roots (The Arts/Short Takes/Books)

By John Edgar Wideman

Heist (The Arts/Short Takes/Cinema)

Directed by David Mamet

Shallow Hal (The Arts/Short Takes/Cinema)

Directed by Peter and Bobby Farrelly


The Box Meets the Cube (Personal Time/Your Technology)

Hot new video-game consoles from Microsoft and Nintendo arrive in stores this week. So which is better?

In Brief (Personal Time/Your Technology)

A New Way to Shop for a College (Personal Time/Your Money)

An online service helps parents save for tuition every time they spend for groceries, gasoline--or even a house


Father Makes Two (TIME Bonus Section/Families)

Unmarried men who raise their children are one of fastest-growing groups in America

Donor to Order (TIME Bonus Section/Families)

As more women seek just the right donors to start their families, sperm banks are taking note

Lonely...with an Only (TIME Bonus Section/Families)

Couples who can conceive only one child have trouble finding emotional support

Spicy Cheers (TIME Bonus Section/Families)

High schools crack down on suggestive cheerleading moves

When Love Is Mixing It Up (TIME Bonus Section/Families)

More couples are finding each other across racial lines--and finding acceptance