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From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:
News \News\ (n[=u]z), n [From New; cf. F. nounelles. News is plural in form, but is commonly used with a singular verb.] 1. A report of recent occurrences; information of something that has lately taken place, or of something before unknown; fresh tidings; recent intelligence. [1913 Webster] Evil news rides post, while good news baits. --Milton. [1913 Webster] 2. Something strange or newly happened. [1913 Webster] It is no news for the weak and poor to be a prey to the strong and rich. --L'Estrange. [1913 Webster] 3. A bearer of news; a courier; a newspaper. [Obs.] [1913 Webster] There cometh a news thither with his horse. --Pepys. [1913 Webster]