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Use the Web to Create Breaking News Alerts

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If you are at work all day without access to breaking news stories, or just out and about and want to catch the news as it happens, then breaking news alerts are for you. Most popular online news sources offer these email alerts as a free service when you register at their sites.

Not only can you sign up for breaking news alerts, but you also have available to you comprehensive newsletters that you can customize to have only the news that interests you. NOTE: Be careful when you give out your personal information; you shouldn't be asked to give anything more than your name or email address.

Sites That Offer Breaking News Alerts

  • Yahoo News Alerts. Concise and easy to use.
  • Google News Alerts. Get news from over 5000 sources on the topics you pick.
  • CNN News Alerts. You have to register, but it's quick.
  • Fox News Alerts. Fast process, easily customized.
  • BBC News Alerts. Requires downloadable software (for Windows users only) that will install an alert box on your PC every time a story breaks.
  • CBS News Alerts. Get not only news, but content from 60 Minutes, The Early Show, and 48 Hours Investigates.
  • ABCNews.com. Sign up is quick, allows you to customize.
  • New York Times. Sign up for the NY Times; it's free, fast, and then you get to pick what you want to come to your inbox.
  • EurekAlert - Science News: Sign up for all kinds of great science and technology breaking news alerts.
In addition, if you want breaking news alerts from your local newspaper or television station website, you can usually find them by entering in the name to a search engine of the newspaper or the TV station call letter followed by the phrase "breaking news alerts".

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