Trimming the Times: Mulling Militants; Nevermind Seattle

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.

The home page leads with a report on the White House's questioning of just how much latitude the United States has to kill Islamist militants in places like Yemen and Somalia, which will bear on the overall war on terrorism. Also high on the page: Approval rates for Congress have matched record lows, according to a New York Times / CBS poll. Our top choice today: The heavy dose of nostalgia that comes with the 20-year anniversary feature on Nirvana's Nevermind.

World: The feature on Bahrain "boiling under the lid of repression" reminds us that the unrest of the Arab Spring, and the counterrevolutionary measures, still rage on in many areas. And in a bit of deadly spy drama involving poison needles, one North Korean defector has killed another, who had lead a Seoul-based activist group called Fighters for Free North Korea.

U.S.: The lead story, checking in on Seattle 20 years after the release of Nirvana's Nevermind, is well worth your click, not for the modern scene report it promises but barely touches on, but for the full-fledged romp down memory lane that it provides. And check out the report, which The Times covers much more in-depth than most, of a research project in Baltimore that allegedly knowingly exposed black children to hazardous lead dust in the 1990s.

Business: The lead story, on China's dominance in producing rare-earth metals, is a good read to understand the leverage such resources provide the emerging superpower. But don't miss the special Retirement section, and its feature on the trend of friends retiring together.

Technology: The report on the Federal Trade Commission's revisiting of online privacy regulations for children covers an important issue, but one that can be found elsewhere. Other news stories worth your click include the report on Research in Motion's profit falling 58.7 percent, and the update on a lawsuit against Google's plan to create a digital library.

Science: You've probably already read about the discovery of Tatooine, the planet orbiting two stars, which leads the section. But another fascinating discovery went less reported on Thursday: The discovery of feathers, trapped in amber, that hint at more colorful animals during the dinosaur age.

Health: Check out the interactive Patient Voices feature on those suffering from a rare condition known as Sjogren's Syndrome.

Sports: There's a great story about some amazing video from 1994 that's just surfaced, showing retired baseball legends such as Ralph Branca and Yogi Berra visiting Austria.

Opinion: In the lead op-ed, University of Minnesota political science professor Kathryn Sikkink makes the case that countries that prosecute their tyrannical former leaders tend to come away stronger for it.

Arts: The Emmys are this Sunday, and TV critic Alessandra Stanley shares her picks for what shows should win.

Travel: This week's 36 Hours heads to Ecuador, for a stop in the capital city of Quito -- frequently little more than a checkpoint for those making a bee-line to the Galapagos Islands.

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