Oscar Fashions, Rick Perry's Lucrative 'Retirement', and a Man Without a Country

A summary of the best reads found 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.

Top Stories: The State Department has revoked the citizenship of a man who has lived in the U.S. since he was 9 (and gave up the citizenship of his home country), because of a clerical error made by someone else 22 years ago. The U.S.S. John C. Stennis picked up 1,100 relatives of crew members in Hawaii to join them on the final leg of their cruise home after 7 months at sea. What makes innocent people confess to crimes they didn't commit?

Books: A new book looks at Bell Labs, the past home of some of America's greatest innovations.

World: Many refugees are finally returning to their homes in Darfur. A town in France is building a Napoleon theme park.

New York City: A student at one of the New York's most competitive high schools talks about what it's like to be one of 40 black kids in a school of 3,295 students. The teacher ratings that are being used to identify New York City's weakest teachers also draws attention to its very best.

U.S.: An Amish community in Ohio has been shaken by a ponzi scheme pulled off by one of their own. A California prison has some convicted killers looking after other prisoners suffering from Alzheimer's and dementia.

Style: Oscar Fashion reviews of both the men and the women.

Science: The mild winter could wreak havoc on the plants and trees that are blooming too early.

Politics: Rick Perry's presidential run has revealed the little-known pension benefits that he can collect from the state of Texas even though he isn't retired yet.

Health: The "perception gap" about environmental risk creates a different set of problems when we ignore big dangers due to fears of less pressing concerns.

Travel: Experienced travel writer Paul Theroux says the United States and Mexico share the most peculiar border crossing he's ever faced.

Photo Gallery of the Day: The Oscar's Red Carpet.

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