Trimming the Times: Mortgage Manipulation; Steve Jobs in Patents

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.

Thursday's home page leads with a report on a government-backed mortgage refinancing plan being considered as a stimulus plan for homeowners to get back some liquidity in their finances. News analysis on the uncertain situation in Libya jockeys for position. But our favorite is another prominently placed story: An interactive graphic feature detailing all Steve Jobs's patents (there are a lot).

World: Putting aside the flood of Libya news and features (The Lede blog is a good way to stay current on that situation if you wish), there's an interesting and frustrating feature on foreign workers stranded in Baghdad with no pay and no way home. And in case you missed it on Wednesday, an unmanned Russian cargo rocket crashed on its way to resupply the International Space Station.

U.S.: The lead story here is worth a read, on the increasing viability of online university degrees. Also worth a look: Federal Geologists have sharply cut their estimate of how much natural gas might be hidden away in the East Coast's Marcellus Shale rock formation.

Business / Technology: Of course, Steve Jobs's resignation as Apple CEO leads the way here, and if you didn't catch the news with us on Wednesday, The Times story is a good way to start. You'll also want to check out some of the analysis, such as the question of what Jobs's resignation means for Apple's iconic design. And of course, that interactive feature on Jobs's patents is great.

Sports: We don't usually direct you to the game story, but Thursday's account of a riveting-sounding game between the Oakland Athletics and the New York Yankees is worth your click.

Opinion: In the lead op-ed, labor and immigration law professor Jennifer Gordon argues that the unfortunate situation with foreign exchange workers striking at a Hershey's plant is indicative of America's "sweatshop diplomacy."

Arts: The lead feature on New York City's "inadvertent art" is worth the click just to read critic Roberta Smith's case for city scenes as artwork, whether you agree with her or not.

Style: It's already time to get ready for fall, and the lead feature here has five key fashion items deemed necessary for the change of seasons.

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