News in Levels has very short news stories in three levels of English. Students can read and listen to the texts.
For example, Young Whale Helps Its Mum – level 1:
A whale goes into shallow waters. She is with her calf. She cannot move. This happens in Australia. The calf tries to help her. It pushes her. After 40 minutes, the whale is free. She swims away with her calf.
Difficult words: whale (a big animal which lives in the sea), shallow (not deep; there is not enough water for the whale), calf (the child of an animal such as a whale).
Compare with Young Whale Helps Its Mum – level 3:
A humpback whale with her calf was filmed east of Brisbane where the mother was stranded in shallow waters. The calf appeared to nudge its mother to help dislodge her to safety.
Fortunately, the whale became free after 40 minutes and could be seen swimming off with her calf.
Difficult words: calf (the baby of an animal such as a whale), stranded (unable to leave), nudge (push, bump against), dislodge (move).
A similar site is Breaking News English.