Too Many People and Not Enough Jobs

A summary of the best reads behind the paywall of The New York Times.

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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.

Today's front page leads with the elections in Tunisia and the ongoing European debt crisis, but since you can read about those stories elsewhere, dig a little deeper for some change of pace articles.

World: Taking another look at a development that few people are talking about, the death of Saudi Arabia's crown prince and heir to the throne has created an opportunity for a new leader to take his place. Neil MacFarquhar takes a look at his likely replacement (and possibly the next ruler of the kingdom) Nayef bin Abdul Aziz.

U.S.: Two stories examine Leon Panetta's Defense Department, including his pledge to make sure the U.S. remains a player in the Pacific rim. In smaller town news, Tim Stellch has the mysterious tale of young man who disappeared 24 years ago and the battle that's still raging between those searching for answers and those who want to move on.

Business / Technology: A new e-book by two MIT researchers posits that improved automation is accelerating the productivity of today's businesses, but destroying the economy by taking jobs away from people — and they aren't coming back. On a related note, farmers in California are being paid to not grow crops, in order to save water for thirsty cities. But what happens to the land (and jobs) that river leaves behind? Maybe those workers could become "environmental concierges," catering to rich people who care about the planet, but are too busy to recycle.

Science: In yet another example of good intentions gone bad, the paper argues that the U.S. ban on horse slaughter (specifically, processing broken down animals for human consumption) hasn't stopped the practice. It's merely exported it to other countries, prolonging the agony of the steeds and hurting American farmers. There's also a cool story about "hearing loops," a new technology that could re-invent the outside world for people who rely on hearing aids.

Sports: Forget about the "World" Series of American baseball... New Zealand just became a true world champion in rugby, fending off a tough challenge from France to win the World Cup on their home soil.

Opinion: The world's population will soon hit 7 billion. Is this planet big enough for all of us?

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