Robot Casinos and Tumbling Tumbleweeds

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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 biggest news of the day is that New York City has its first casino (attached to Aqueduct Racetrack), but has robots dealing cards to avoid running afoul of state laws. I guess that's only big news for gambling addicts and fans of nearly sentient card playing machines.

World: Today's Page One looks at how German Chancellor Angela Merkel maneuvered her way to a Eurozone debt deal and solidified her place as Europe's chief shot caller.

Science: Today's "Mother Nature is crazy" story: Pythons don't eat very often, but when they do, their bodies undergo remarkable changes and those biological oddities could be a key to solving human heart disease. WARNING: Article comes complete with a photo a snake eating an alligator whole.

U.S.: Who is Guy Fawkes and why are these protesters wearing his mask? (You know, in case you haven't read or seen "V for Vendetta.") In much bigger news, Times scion A.G. Sulzberger takes down the Menace of the Midwest: tumbleweeds.

Recommended Reading

Travel: For everyone who hasn't been on an airplane since the last holiday season, the Travel section has an update on the latest rules and regulations from the TSA and the airlines.

Arts: A biography of legendary film critic Pauline Kael has people re-examining her talents and the era that defined them (and that she helped define), the 1970's.

Sports: Changing golf is not easy, but the oldest rule book is sports is making a few long-needed adjustments.

Sunday Magazine: This weekend's insert contains features on the U.S.'s bioterrorism defenses (we don't really have any) and China's crackdown on satire and parody on the Internet.

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