You know what's a good feature? The NYTimes.com news alert. I get it delivered to my inbox, and I specifically moved it from my "Promotions" tab to my "Primary" tab. Theoretically, I can take a break from the online news cycle without having to worry that I'm missing an important story--like when some asshole blows up a dumpster.
Furthemore, the news alerts pertain to actual news! It's not like I'm going to get a news alert about Demi Lovato being fat-shamed online.