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This year began with all eyes on Iraq as U.S. and coalition forces prepared for war and ended with the capture of Saddam Hussein. In between, public interest widened from troop movement to other high profile stories that spotlighted social issues like child abduction, legal action surrounding sex charges, civil rights for gays, safety in space exploration, the spread of global diseases and the upcoming 2004 U.S. presidential election.
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1. War in Iraq
2. Loss of space shuttle Columbia
3. California gubernatorial recall
4. Terror war
5. Massive August 14 blackout
6. Spread and consequences of SARS
7. Gay civil rights issues
8. Celebrities and sex charges
9. Recovery of Elizabeth Smart
10. Deaths of Qusay and Uday Hussein editors voted on the top stories of 2003. Now it's time for you to vote too in our readers poll.
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From Bob Hope to Sen. Strom Thurmond, 2003 witnessed the deaths of many notable politicians, entertainers, athletes and scientists.
U.S. soldiers braved attacks and chaos in Iraq to unseat and capture Iraqi leader Saddam Hussein and earn TIME's distinction as its Persons of the Year.
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Court TV: The year in crime and justice
TIME: 21 Days to Baghdad
Fortune: Best technology of 2003
Fortune: The year's 25 best products
Netscape: 2003 Year in Review
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