Now that The New York Times pay wall is live, you only get 20 free clicks a month. For those worried about hitting their limit, we're taking a look through the paper each morning to find the stories that can make your clicks count.
The home page leads with news that Pakistanis were behind a 2007 border raid in Afghanistan that killed one American military officer and injured three others in a firefight that Washington, allegedly, kept under wraps. Also high on the page, a report on oil drilling in North Dakota, where 30 percent of natural gas is burned off as waste--enough to heat half a million homes for a day. And spend a few clicks on the special Health section Small Fixes, all about low-cost innovations in healthcare.
World: The report on Turkey successfully maneuvering the tricky politics of the Arab Spring is worth your click for a glimpse of how the region is moving forward. Also check out World Briefing, in which the Iranian lawyer for the two imprisoned American hikers says their claims of abuse are false and politically motivated. And in a unique feature, a Red Cross worker gives her account of what it's like to work in a Kandahar hospital in war-torn Afghanistan.
U.S.: The lead story, on how unemployment is disproportionately plaguing the once-booming American South, is a great read, but pretty depressing. And in case that didn't ruin your mood, check out the report from Reading, Pa., which has edged out Flint, Michigan as the city with the nation's highest percentage of residents in poverty. On a lighter note, the U.S. Postal Service has decided to let living people appear on stamps, so we might soon plaster Lady Gaga's photo on our phone bill.
Business: In economic news from Europe, check out the report on German Chancellor Angela Merkel's pledge to put her country's resources to work in stabilizing Greece's economy. And check out the fascinating food-news story on how chain restaurants find the trouble of adding alcohol means it doesn't boost their bottom line like they thought.
Health: The Science coverage today comes in the form of a special Health section called Small Fixes, which includes reports on low-cost solutions to major health issues, such as the coordination of AIDS patients in Africa that allows them to save on trips to town to get medicine, and Thai health professionals using vinegar to treat cervical cancer.
Sports: Skip the baseball stories, as there's no major news on the standings. Rather, check out the report on a controversial on-ice confrontation for the Rangers, who just landed a spot in the Winter Classic.
Opinion: Columnist Frank Bruni has the lead op-ed today, with a report on a disabled college freshman from Zimbabwe whose life story provides a "crucial reference point for what we in America call hardship."
Arts: Check out the report from the opening of the Metropolitan Opera, with its breakout star soprano Anna Netrebko. Juxtapose that with the review of Guardian Alien, the drum-driven experimental rock band breaking out of Brooklyn.