Among the leading stories in the news today from mainstream, inner-ring or upper-tier media outlets, are these nuggets:
Kidnapped 7-year-old thrown from bridge
NBA bust facing 15 years in prison for major gun charges
Knife-wielding man in Stockholm stabs police officer in neck, officials say
Corpus Christi police: Gunshot victim wasn't burglar
Why are these stories "top news" stories? How many of them are things you really NEED to know? Why do they appeal to the news organizations?