If you need to know the news as it happens use Mesa Dynamics Tickershock , a ticker banner that displays headlines from your RSS feeds.
You can have Tickershock on all the time as a banner below your menu bar or at the bottom of your screen. See an interesting headline? Click it, and a separate window opens to display the RSS summary of that story; click the link in the window, and you’ll go to the full story on the Web.
Tickershock has six different banner styles, and you can adjust the opacity of the banner, the colors, font, how headlines are displayed, and more.