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updated 10/02/2006 at 01:00 AM EDT

originally published 10/02/2006 01:00AM

23 SCOOP
Kate Hudson and Owen Wilson step out ... George Clooney lobbies the United Nations ... Aaron Carter gets engaged (he's just 18!) ... Plus: How well do you know celebrity babies?

70 COVER
Despite two autopsies, new details still don't answer why Anna Nicole Smith's son Daniel died a puzzling and unexpected death

74 Kevin and Melissa Buckles share what they've learned with other parents of conjoined twins

78 In the midst of Madrid's new ban on super-skinny models, Kate Bosworth shows up at New York's Fashion Week looking frighteningly frail

85 After 14 wild years, Whitney Houston and Bobby Brown call it quits

88 A final farewell is said to Australian adventurer Steve Irwin in a public memorial service attended by thousands

90 James Cavallo Sr., a Pennsylvania police chief, faces a cop's worst nightmare—turning in his own son for robbing a bank

92 Political good ol' gal Ann Richards, who went from housewife to the Texas statehouse, dies of esophageal cancer at 73

105 Police arrest nurse anesthetist Sally Hill for killing a former schoolmate, possibly because of a 30-year grudge

108 Heroes: Meet people who braved raging fires, onrushing trains and dangerous fugitives to save lives

118 The intergalactic costumes of Teri Hatcher and Kirsten Dunst are up for sale at this month's Star Trek auction

122 Clay Aiken opens up about the gay rumors, why he's taking antianxiety medication and what's up with his new look

131 Elizabeth Edwards, wife of former veep contender John, chronicles her struggle with breast cancer in a moving new memoir

146 On the new ABC comedy Ugly Betty, actress America Ferrera (yes, that's her name) makes up for her crazy eyebrows and blue braces with charm to spare and tells why Charlize Theron is the perfect role model

149 In an exclusive interview with PEOPLE, two-time Oscar-winner Elizabeth Taylor talks about those health rumors, life at age 74, love, marriages and her burgeoning business empire as a jewelry designer

ALSO IN THIS ISSUE

MAILBAG 8
PEOPLE.COM 10
STAR TRACKS 12
SCOOP 23
PICKS & PANS 41
INSIDER 69
PASSAGES 121
PUZZLER 136
STYLE WATCH 139
CHATTER 156

ON THE COVER Photograph by Miranda Shen/Globe. Right insets (from top): Matthew Rolston; Groomer: Steve Daviault/Link NYC; Stylist: David Thomas/Luxe Management; Shirt: Steve Allen; Eric Charbonneau/Wireimage

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