Trimming the Times: Karzai on NATO, Joplin's Trees

A guide to what's in the New York Times for those worried about hitting its pay wall

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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 today's home page, Hamid Karzai has some strong words for NATO, warning the coalition that Afghans won't tolerate civilian casualties from its air strikes. Also, Medicare plans to determine its spending by tracking hospital performance, which hospitals aren't happy about. And a slide show of damaged trees helps convey the shocking amount of destruction in Joplin, Missouri.

World: The feature on Japan's culture of nuclear dependence leads the section, and is well worth a read to help understand some of the societal background to an institution such as Fukushima. Also worth your click: The profile of Equatorial Guinea under the iron fist of Teodoro Obiang Nguema Mbasogo.

U.S.: The story on an increasing effort to warn against the dangers of hookah smoking gets top placement here, though it's been said before. More unique and poignant is the story and slide show of tornado-damaged trees in Joplin, Missouri. But by far the most fun clicks come from the slide show documenting the private train of the Ringling Brothers Barnum and Bailey circus.

Business: Dismal news on housing prices leads the section, and while it's fine coverage you can get the story elsewhere. For a bit more intrigue, check out the story about Steve Simkin and Laura Blank's divorce re-discussion, which has reached the state supreme court because of complications surrounding wealth associated with Bernie Madoff.

Science: Today's section leads with the stunning news that scientists can actually detect groundwater depletion from space, by measuring variations in the Earth's gravity. And in this particularly deadly tornado season, the story on forecasting the twisters carries extra weight.

Health: This week is the 30th anniversary of the first cases of AIDS to be discovered in the United States, and physician Lawrence Altman has a feature recounting the world's ongoing struggle with the virus.

Sports: In this break before the NBA finals tip-off Tuesday, check out the story on the American official who blew the whistle on corruption in the soccer authority FIFA.

Opinion: In today's lead op-ed, Douglas Johnson has some words of warning about Sudan's possible backslide into civil war.

Arts: Definitely check out the review of the San Francisco Asian Art Museum's Bali exhibit.

Style: Your best bet here is Jim Rutenberg's lengthy account of the battle over a Farrah Fawcett biopic.

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