A writer's job is to communicate a specific set of events, within a given time frame, in a specific place or places while making it all believable in the case of fiction or authentic (read accurate and truthful) in the case of non-fiction or journalistic writing. In order to accomplish this goal, it's advisable that writers subscribe to a few newfeeds/wires. Writers need to stay abreast of news and current events to keep their well of writing ideas supplied.
Here are four of the best websites for writers in search of current news, current event updates, and writing ideas:
The New York Times--News, Culture and Commentary
Poynter--"Everything you need to know about being a journalist"
Many email providers now supply their users with a customizable homepage which also manages RSS feeds (example: My Yahoo! at yahoo.com). Check your email account to see if you have this option. You can also subscribe to RSS feeds and manage them using Bloglines.
Best of all, as long as you stick to current news and events coverage, these services are free. If you find yourself needing archived materials you may incur a charge to acquire it.