Cutting and pasting is an infringement on copyright. If you copy verbatim, refer to the source you are copying, it becomes your own work. Is this correct?

Something I found that worked, at least on some news sources:

Using Microsoft Word,

If you highlight some text on a web page and then choose "copy" and then go into Word and just select the ordinary "paste", then what you are pasting is the text in web page format. There may be invisible web page codes that are causing Word to choke. Try going to the Edit menu and choosing "Paste Special" and then checking "Unformatted text".

I'm kind of a gossip hound, but watching the media whip the small fires into giant forest fires so that they can cover the result is infuriating.