December 20 Issue

Cover story U.S.
A cancerous ulcer bigger than the Superdome is sucking down a poor, industrial stretch of bayou known as Cancer Alley
Crying Uncle
In Focus

Crying Uncle

An effigy of North Korean leader Kim Jong Un is set on fire during an anti-North Korean rally on the second anniversary of the death of former leader Kim Jong Il in central Seoul December 17, 2013. North Korea's political and military elite publicly pledged their loyalty to leader Kim Jong Un on Tuesday, less than a week after he ordered the execution of a powerful family ally in a rare public purge. REUTERS/Kim Hong-Ji
Launch Slideshow 4 PHOTOS
With their men in prison, women are taking the lead in Egypt's Islamist opposition movement

Murder in the Air

Twenty-five years on, a Lockerbie widow recalls the day she lost a husband and her three small children lost a father
Our gadget guru scours the earth for newfangled connected devices. A Porkfolio for the person you love?

Waking the Dead

A new study finds that patients in a vegetative state can recognize familiar faces
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Will the rebuilt right knee of America's best skier and most intriguing athlete be ready for the Winter Olympics?

Kicking Ash

A town digs out of a volcano's destruction stronger but dustier