Here in Montréal, we are being bombarded with the gory and sick details of the murder etc of Jun Lin, and learn that the body of "a small black dog" was also among the finds. The cruelty to non-human animals in this case was specifically excluded, and yet some of us would like to emphasize that those who treat other living beings such often go on to humans.
I can't bear to read the news, but it is repeated over and over on the radio (and doubtless on TV, but I don't watch TV - however nowadays with the Internet the boundaries have disolved.
And of course there is gruesome international news, including the ISIS stories which are indeed horrible, but played up (in contrast to other state and non-state torture and killings) in a deliberate stoking of war fever.
Are you directly, emotionally affected by these stories? If so, what do you do to protect yourselves and vulnerable people?