Justice for Ground Zero Volunteers, Oil-Rig Troubles, and 2013 in Food

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

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Behind the New York Times pay wall, 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: The House Republicans' overwhelming opposition to a fiscal deal that gained 89 percent of Senate Republican votes is "further proof that House Republicans are a new breed, less enamored of tax cuts per se than they are driven to shrink government through steep spending cuts."

World: Latvia, though still facing hard times, is being hailed as an austerity success story by the International Monetary Fund.

U.S.: Finding the remains of a Brewster Buffalo, a "snub-nosed little fighter" plane, has "rekindled interest in the aircraft and a record that, with the passage of time, seems as colorful as tragic."

New York: Ground Zero volunteers suffering from illnesses now have the challenge of proving that they were actually there.

Energy & Environment: The beaching of one of Shell Oil's Arctic drilling rigs is "threatening environmental damage from a fuel spill and calling into question Shell's plans to resume drilling in the treacherous waters north of Alaska in the summer."

Technology: It's going to be a big year for Silicon Valley in Washington as government "scrutiny will come even greater efforts by the tech industry to press its case in the nation’s capital and overseas."

Health: A new report finds that "those whose B.M.I. ranked them as overweight had less risk of dying than people of normal weight."

Baseball: Sam Khalifa, now a cab driver, was at one point the starting shortstop for the Pittsburgh Pirates. His father, founder of a mosque in Tuscon, was murdered in 1990.

Opinion: Sonia Faleiro on sexual harassment and rape in India.

Television: Bill Pullman, who stars in the new comedy 1600 Penn and appears in the documentary The Fruit Hunters, has had many obsessions including "the subject of a lot of attention lately, his orchard."

Dining & Wine: Julia Moskin explains what we'll see in food trends in 2013 so get ready for "pig tails" and "artisanal soft-serve."

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