Since I started to use WordPress as my blogging tool, I loved the Slashdot.org headlines plugin by Dave Wolf. But my favourite newspages are heise.de and telepolis. So I modified little bit of the code from Dave Wolf: changed the newsfeed urls, added UTF-8 support for the german special characters and voila. The usage is the same as for the Slashdot.org plugin. Just use HeiseHeadlines(x) or TelepolisHeadlines(x) to insert into any template.
You can download the files here.