I remember listening to an author interview, oh a year ago, and she said that her book grew out of a bit of news she stumbled upon. The news, she said, was something that always gave her if not full out story plots, then simple ideas to wiggle in at least.
I've never really felt a similar vibe from the news. It's always rather bland to my storytelling self, but then a story came up on the news last night - a father taught his 9 year old daughter to drive because he was always drunk.
I live in a messed up area. :/
But anyway, can you see all the potential in that? The character studies, the local gossip that would happen, and the events leading up to such a thing. I'm not saying I'll use it anytime soon, but it'll crop up in something I'll write in the future, I'm almost positive.