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I'm glad that the news is good.
I'm glad that the news are good.

News, though plural in form, always takes a singular verb. If only one thing is meant we say a piece or an item of news: This Is a good piece of news.

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The scissors are lying on the table.
The scissor is lying on the table.

All names of things consisting of two parts (like scissors, trousers, spectacles, shears, pliers) take a plural verb. We can say: a pair of (scissors, etc.) is...

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Tom as well as Mark are coming.
Tom as well as Mark is coming.

Two singular nouns joined by as well as require the verb to be singular.

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The number of pupils are increasing.
The number of pupils is increasing.
A number of pupils is absent today.
A number of pupils are absent today.

When we precede number by the it denotes a unit and is singular. When it's preceded by a it means several or many and is plural.

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They're now using new machinery.
They're now using new machineries.

Machinery is a singular noun and always takes a singular verb and pronoun. We can say a piece of machinery or pieces of machinery

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