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The aura of terrorist assaults loomed large in 2002 with deadly attacks in Bali, Moscow and the Middle East. Meanwhile, the U.S. hunted al Qaeda in Afghan caves, prepared to face off Iraqi leader Saddam Hussein and fended off snipers around its capital -- all as the dust continued to settle from the catastrophic events of September 11, which marked a one-year anniversary this fall. Overview »

1. Crisis in Iraq
2. Sniper attacks
3. Terror reigns
4. War in Afghanistan
5. Corporate scandals
6. GOP rallies in midterm elections
7. The economy rocks and rolls
8. Catholic sex scandal
9. Homeland security
10. 9/11 anniversary

Gallery: More influential stories from 2002

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NEWS JUNKIE
How closely did you follow the news in 2002? Take our quiz and find out if you are a true news junkie.
TIME: PERSONS OF THE YEAR external link
They took huge professional and personal risks to blow the whistle on what went wrong at WorldCom, Enron and the FBI -- and in so doing helped remind us what American courage and American values are all about.
PHOTO GALLERYexternal link
TIME Magazine features a gallery of the most compelling images of 2002. The gallery features photos in four sections: A year in conflict, the natural world, people and the human spirit.
AMERICAN MORNING WITH PAULA ZAHN
Beginning December 23, American Morning with Paula Zahn takes a daily look at the memorable events of 2002. The program airs weekdays from 7 - 10 a.m. ET.
NETSCAPE: THE YEAR IN REVIEW external link
From the terror of a sniper to the Osbournes and the rise of Eminem, take a look back at the biggest events of 2002.
FROM OUR PARTNERSexternal link
Court TV: The Year in Crime and Justice
Fortune.com: Best Technology of 2002
Fortune.com: Best States of 2002
Fortune.com: Blue Ribbon Companies
EW.com: The Best of 2002
Business2.0: The 101 Dumbest Moments
GOLFONLINE: Golf in 2002
CNN Asia: The Year in Review
TIME.com: Best & Worst 2002
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