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I can not answer with absolute certainty because the law balances a number of factors in these situations. BUT - It is nearly certain that you can use the news articles because factual events are not subject to copyright protection. Also to the degree you are using them for commentary and discussion your use may very well be a Fair Use under the copyright law.
Furthermore, newspapers notoriously did not register or renew their copyrights for the daily papers. It was not economically feasible to do so. Therefore anything thay predates 1963 is almost certainly in the public domain. If the material was published between 1977 and 1989 without a copyright Notice and without registration such material is also in the public domain.
Otherwise the material published after after 1963 is still under copyright. You may be able to use it anywy if you can assert a Fair Use. The problem with the Fair Use argument is that we can't be certain that it will be successful.
Fair Use is a balance between the copyright hoders rights and the user's Amendment Rights.
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