Seeking Cheap Rent, Clouds and Global Warming, and Avoiding the F-Word

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 10 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: Iran flexes its regional muscles by fighting the U.A.E. over a 4-sq-mile island in the Persian Gulf. A private equity fund started by Mitt Romney's son relied on the wealthy donors to his father's campaign to get off the ground. Scientists argue over whether clouds can help or hurt global warming.

Law: The Supreme Court does not allow the word "fuck" in oral arguments, even when it is central to the case at hand. (And the NYT won't print it, even when it the subject of the story.)

Science: The largest ever underground fossil forest has been discovered in Illinois, tempting researchers with clues about the Earth's history. Scientists are also studying fossil records to learn about ancient marine life and the massive "Permian extinction" 252 million years ago.

Health: Psychologist Elizabeth Spelke studies infants to try and learn what they instinctively know when they are born.

Obituaries: Benzion Netanyahu, the father of Israel's prime minister, Benjamin. Legendary poker player Amarillo Slim.

Real Estate: By always keeping her rent under $700, a Brooklyn woman's many moves chart the rise of rents and neighborhoods through New York City.

Television: Ryan Seacrest is building a television empire.

Books: Satirist Christopher Buckley's latest novel is about Chinese-American relations.

Food: California's celebrity chefs are fighting a ban on foie gras. California journalist Gustavo Arellano is "perhaps the greatest (and only) living scholar of Mexican-American fast food."

Sunday Magazine: One of Mitt Romney's former colleagues (and biggest donors) argues that income equality is actually a good thing.

Photo Gallery of the Day: The Sakura Matsuri Festival celebrated Japanese culture at the Brooklyn Botanic Garden

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