Trimming the Times: Counting Jobs; Afghan Harvest

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 homepage leads with the news on the latest U.S. employment report, which shows the country just barely keeping ahead of a downward trend in the number of those employed. Also high on the page comes the news of the Nobel peace prize, which went to three women from Liberia and Yemen. For us, though, the top pick was the report of a sympathetic cease-fire for a unique Afghan harvest.

World: You can get it elsewhere if you care to, but the news of NATO's decision to stay on in Libya is worth reading, and The Times' story is a good one. Also worth the click is this look at the softening U.S. policy toward Myanmar following a political transition there. And C.J. Chivers fascinating report on an Afghan cease-fire to allow pine-cone pickers a chance to harvest is a wonderful read.

U.S.:  Now that President Barack Obama has mentioned Occupy Wall Street in a national address, it's worth a click on the report on how the movement may benefit or ensnare him. And there's a quite interesting Indio Journal story about an unexpected side effect of this year's unrest in Egypt: A shortage of palm fronds in the United States with which to celebrate the Jewish holiday of Sukkot.

Business / Technology: Check out the counterintuitive report that found some unemployed folks don't support an extension of unemployment benefits because they'd rather see the government spend money on efforts to get businesses hiring. And for more on the passing of Steve Jobs, check out the story of the Apple chief's tyrannical style with his colleagues and competitors, as well as the report on how he managed his time with an endless stream of goodbyes in the weeks before his death.

Health: The news that a government health panel has said prostate screenings are unnecessary in healthy men is worth a click, as its a turnaround from conventional wisdom.

Sports: It's a sad day for Yankees fans, and even if you're not one, you should check out the report on the end of the team's run through just a couple games of the post-season after unexpected success earlier in the year. And just for fun, take a peek at the feature on the Phillies' lucky "rally squirrel" that's been hanging around Busch Stadium.

Opinion: In the lead op-ed, Author and performer Mike Daisey, who has a monologue show about Steve Jobs, argues that the way to mourn Jobs's passing isn't with nostalgia, but with forward thinking.

Arts: The reviews are the highlights of today's section, with A.O. Scott taking on George Clooney's political thriller The Ides of March, and Edward Rothstein offering his take on the website of the Metropolitan Museum of Modern Art.

Travel: Fall means leaf-peeping in the Northeast, and the Pracitcal Traveler has some click-worthy tips on where to get good deals in an area ravaged by Hurricane Irene.

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