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.
Leading the home page today is a report on the U.S. considering pulling out even more troops from Afghanistan than it had indicated a few weeks ago, because of budget concerns and an already-dead Osama bin Laden. Also at the top of the news: Israel has opened fire on Pro-Palestinian protesters who tried to breach its boarder with Syria. But for sheer novel fascination, the top click has got to be the story on modern cattle rustlers in Texas, and the rangers that still pursue them.
World: The clash at Syria's Israeli border leads, but in the north of the country, the government has reportedly killed 38 people in a crackdown on protests. And in Yemen, demonstrators greeted the news of President Ali Abdullah Saleh's departure for Saudi Arabia for medical care as something of a victory. But while both those stories are developing (see more accounts here and here, the story to click on is Jeffrey Gettleman's analysis of the brinkmanship delaying the peace process in Sudan.
U.S.: You've got to check out the report on real-life cattle rustlers who still operate in Texas. And in a much more sobering account, the feature on deadly abuse in New York State's facilities to house the developmentally disabled is also worth a read.
Business: A lengthy and worthwhile feature on troubled bank stocks leads today. And there's a great profile of Troy Carter, Lady GaGa's business manager, and his role in helping to start the social sports and music fan site Backplane.
Technology: The feature on new, profitable Internet video entrepreneurs is worth a read if you haven't caught it yet (it went up yesterday). And there's another interesting business-type feature on the boom in online storage sites.
Science: Definitely check out the account of farmers and scientists breeding drought-resistant crops to thrive in a warming climate. And those interested in jazz or the science of the mind will enjoy the coverage of musicians working with scientists at the World Science Festival.
Health: Your best bet here is the story on new drugs to combat melanoma.
Opinion: Serbian human rights activist Natasha Kandic has the lead op-ed on Ratko Mladic's arrest and Serbia's relationship with a dark period in its history.
Arts: Fans of visual art will enjoy the coverage of the Venice Biennale, which marries new ideas and old styles. And closer to home, a review of Brooklyn black-metal band Liturgy explores the inherent contradiction of putting faith in nihilism.