News You Can Use:
Mashpedia works in sort of the same way as Google News: it aggregates news articles about a specific topic. But, it also does a lot more -- it also brings in blog entries, videos, Tweets and Twitter feeds, Facebook posts, and more. Because of how much social media it brings in, Mashpedia is great for very, very current events (like learning about the protests in Egypt, the aftermath of the Japanese earthquake, or the war in Libya). You can't necessarily cite someone's Twitter feed in a paper for school, (so be careful what you use Mashpedia for and what parts of it you use) but it's a cool tool for getting information you can't get anywhere else.
ProCon.org, like the Opposing Viewpoints database, does a great job of laying out major pro and con arguments for controversial issues. Like Opposing Viewpoints, they link to articles arguing both sides of the story. The website is run by a group of teachers and librarians, so the content is always authoritative and unbiased (not taking one side or the other in the debate).
Newsmap is a graphic representation of the latest news from around the world. Each major story has a box; bigger boxes mean bigger stories (or at least stories that are being covered more). The boxes are also color-coded by topic (blue for sports, yellow for national news, etc.), so you can see which areas are making news more (sports are big on Mondays during football season, national news is big before elections). You can search by country, by topic, or compare all of the countries and see what’s a big deal where.
Have you ever been reading a newspaper article (or a book, or hear someone having a discussion) about a current event and not really known what they were talking about? Enter News Basics, a website dedicated to getting people informed about the issues that shape our world on a day-to-day basis. Their quick synopses (this is not an in-depth site you should use for research) give you background information without you having to wade through the internet to get it.
10 x 10
Every hour, 10 x 10 generates a grid of 100 pictures (that link to 100 news stories) that matter most during that hour. Each hour is then archived, so you can go back to a very specific place in time and see what was important to the world community then. It's very focused on international news from international sources, so it's a great way to get a different perspectice on what's going on in the world.
Newseum: Today's Front Pages
Newseum (a news museum, get it?) gathers images of the front pages of more than 700 newspapers from 80 countries -- every day. You can search by headline, by region, by country, and view archived days going back to 2003 (the archives focus mostly on major world events).
Every day. Newswordy features a new vocabulary word that comes from news articles and blogs from around the internet. It defines the word, and then links to a few news stories where the word is used. Probably not the bst site for finding current events about a specific topic, but it is nonetheless very cool (and maybe helpful on your SATs!).
The Week in Rap
Exactly what it sounds like. For something like this, also try Autotune the News, but do note: there is some mildly graphic language (it's rated PG-13, basically).
The New York Times
Wall Street Journal