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.
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            Evil news rides post, while good news baits.
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   2. Something strange or newly happened.
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            It is no news for the weak and poor to be a prey to
            the strong and rich.                  --L'Estrange.
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   3. A bearer of news; a courier; a newspaper. [Obs.]
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            There cometh a news thither with his horse. --Pepys.
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