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May 7, 2007

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FEATURES

COVER STORY

American Idols
Who are the 100 most influential Americans, past and present? Let the debate begin...


INTERNATIONAL

What's Your (Blood) Type?
In Japan, it's widely believed that blood type has a big impact on personality and ability.

Northern Ireland's "Troubles"
Will an agreement between Protestants and Catholics bring an end to a long conflict?


NEWS ANALYSIS

Legislating Common Sense
Should government regulate things like texting-while-walking or calling-while-biking?


ENVIRONMENT

Elephant Trouble
Humans may be responsible for an increase in bizarre and violent elephant behavior.


TIMES PAST

1987: "Tear Down This Wall"
President Ronald Reagan challenged the Soviet Union to tear down the Berlin Wall, the most potent symbol of the Cold War.


SPORTS

Girls Hit the Mats
As more girls sign up for wrestling, they often practice with, and compete against, boys.


DEPARTMENTS

NEWS & TRENDS
Missing bees, absentee Senators, a shortage of vets, slowing down in Germany, and more

DEBATE
Should the penny be retired?

OPINION
Excerpts from New York Times columnists

CARTOONS
Some lighter looks at what's in the news