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updated 12/05/2005 AT 01:00 AM EST

originally published 12/05/2005 AT 01:00 AM EST

23 SCOOP
Usher raps about his favorite movies...
Simon Cowell is negotiating a new Idol contract...
Russell Crowe cops a plea ...
Oprah Winfrey and David Letterman call a Late Night truce...

150 COVER Britney Spears and Kevin Federline celebrate their first Thanksgiving with baby Sean Preston at their home in Malibu

61 Books, CDs, DVDs and gotta-have-it gadgets in our sparkling holiday gift guide

84 Did David Ludwig kill Kara Borden's parents after they learned of the teens' secret relationship?

90 Get a look at scenes from Jennifer Aniston's new comedy Rumor Has It

92 Christina Aguilera and Jordan Bratman tie the knot

99 ET's Steven Cojocaru shares his ordeal of a second kidney transplant

102 Dad-to-be Tom Cruise looks forward to Katie's home sonogram

105 Brad, Angelina and others join Muhammad Ali at his new cultural center

109 Rachael Ray launches her own magazine. Next up? A talk show

114 After two months, Kimberly Stewart gets engaged to Laguna Beach star Talan Torriero

116 The war of words between Alec Baldwin and ex Kim Basinger gets angrier

119 Some preschools are tossing out tots who don't toe the line

125 Jennifer Garner takes time off for family

127 Nancy Hemenway helps infertile couples realize their dream: a baby!

131 Sela Ward of House takes on a new role: making emergency kits for families

135 Celebs are sweet on baker Raven Dennis's cakes

IN EVERY ISSUE

MAILBAG 6
PEOPLE.COM 8
STAR TRACKS 12
SCOOP 23
PICKS & PANS 35
INSIDER 83
PASSAGES 149
ROYAL WATCH 156
PUZZLER 178
STYLE WATCH 181
CHATTER 202

138 Former Brit soldier James Blunt storms the pop charts

141 Hilary Duff and Joel Madden dish on their duo

144 Country music likes the tasty tunes of Sugarland

154 Kids in tow, Brad and Angelina spotlight humanitarian causes in D.C.

158 Philadelphia mourns the death of Terrell Pough, a devoted single dad at 18

163 Bishop Charles Blake says it's time for his African-American flock to give back

169 In a new memoir, model Petra Nemcova recalls the tsunami that took her boyfriend's life

175 Prison Break's Stacy Keach knows what it's like to be an inmate: he had a view from the inside

191 Celebs toast Gucci's creative force Frida Giannini

194 Paul English discovers the secrets to getting a real, live human on a help line

197 Professor Wally Bacon became a woman, and no one was more supportive than his wife, Lynne

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