Trimming the Times: Al-Awlaki Killed; Trip to Krakow

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 TimesĀ 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 the news that U.S.-born cleric Anwar al-Awlaki, an Al Qaeda leader in Yemen, was killed by a U.S. drone strike on Friday morning. Also high on the page, a bit of political analysis plots Barack Obama's path to 270 electoral votes in 2012. And don't miss the 36 Hours feature on Krakow, Poland, which seems like the perfect early autumn destination, even for an armchair visit.

World: The report on the activists vying to define the role of Islam in post-Arab-spring politics is a great feature worthy of your click. Another foreign political report worth the read comes from Russia, where President Dmitri Medvedev gave a television interview, to air Friday night, in which he defended his decision to switch places with Prime Minister Vladimir Putin. And the Vernier Journal report on a massive apartment complex near Geneva is also worthwhile, as it poses an interesting issue about a city trying to figure out the smartest way to grow amid a housing shortage.

U.S.: The report on a disappointing conference of Mexican and American border-state governors, which only one American governor attended, makes for a good look at just how frustrating it can be to gain local consensus on U.S. border policies. And the report on a cash-strapped U.S. government considering selling a spooky-sounding island off the coast of Long Island will certainly grab the imagination.

Business / Technology: The departure of Leo Apotheker as CEO of Hewlett Packard reminds us that massive executive severance pay is not a thing of the past, even for failed leaders. And for a unique view of business from India, check out the report on mobile bank tellers there, toting their gear to the countryside to allow rural people without Internet access to manage their money.

Sports: Unless you just love reading about baseball, skip the continuing hubub about the end of the regular season (which was on Wednesday night) and check out the much more sober NFL roundup, in which Congress wants to meet with the league, the players' union, and the anti-doping agency to talk human growth hormone.

Opinion: In the lead op-ed, author Siddhartha Deb points out that cars have become a staunch symbol of economic mobility in India, where there weren't many models available just 15 years ago.

Arts: You're definitely going to want to catch the Critic's Notebook preview of the New York Film Festival, which opens on Friday and runs through Oct. 16 -- it even includes some vintage Charlie Chaplin.

Travel: There may not be a better pick for early fall: 36 Hours bites off something substantial with its armchair visit to Krakow, Poland, which may actually get you shopping for plane tickets.

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