An excellent way to collect news, particularly if you’re U.S.-based.
The new Topix.net doesn’t look that great, but it’s simple and easy to configure. Most importantly, you can grab topics as XML feeds, straight into your RSS reader (or to your Yahoo homepage if you prefer). If you live in a U.S. town, you can grab local news in the same way, just by entering your ZIP code. I like the way you can revisit recently toured categories easily: They’re listed in a box on the right hand side of the screen.
Oh, and it’s all free.