DNN: The Death News Network
out of a possible 20 "news" items on us.cnn.com/, a full 15 focus on death (usually violent death), crime, weather, religion, or celebrity.
of the remaining 5 items, 2 are related to politics, 1 is related to business / entertainment, 1 is science, and 1 is random.
in other words, about 80% of news is simply death, weather, or fame.
think i'll go back to reading TechMeme and ESPN.