Commentary: A piece or pieces of information, usually timely and specific. Often something reported in newspapers or newscasts.
They awaited news of the outcome.
No news is good news, I guess.
We received news that the enemy is planning a surprise attack!
News of my death was greatly exaggerated.
Have you heard the news?
WordNet 2.0 Sense Numbers: 1 4
Commentary: Used in specific expressions. Something can come as news to a person, meaning that they've never heard it before. The phrasal "news to" is probably the only way this sense appears.
This is news to me.
Is this coming as news to you?
WordNet 2.0 Sense Numbers: 2
Commentary: Programs, papers, etc. that communicate timely information. Usually used with "the"
There was a story on the news about a car accident down the road.
I read the news today, oh boy.
My mother's name appeared in the news.
We watch the news at seven o'clock every night.
WordNet 2.0 Sense Numbers: 3
Commentary: NEWS[+event] Describes something or somebody that is news-worthy or interesting.
He is no longer news in the fashion world.
"Dog bites man" is nothing, but "man bites dog" is news!
WordNet 2.0 Sense Numbers: 5