I’ve been trying to cut down on the time I spend reading news for a long time, I even built my own Ruby news aggregator and summariser. Lots of NLP and lots of mess.
I’ve recently settled on a simpler solution using IFTTT.com. Most sources tweet new content, this is gives a ready summarised feed in a consistent form for all sources.
Clearly you’ll want to follow different accounts, or maybe less of them. This lists around 200 items a day. It normally takes between 5 and 10 mins to scan the list.
I don’t read them in the morning, only add them to ‘Reading List’ from the iOS mail client to pick them up later on. (normally while walking or eating!)
I still use Yahoo! New Digest for world & UK news.