Just found that this is also coming up as an error too:

The content of line 725 was mentioned in my previous post above.

Thanks. I was having a similar issue

I wonder how long it will take to get this cool new "feature" up and running... I have a feeling that the official cutenews will never be as good as UTF-8... Or even at the same level. They will most likely "steal" some code from UTF, but I'm not that convinced (yet) of the official teams php skill...

I agree but I think it'll be somewhat comparable.  Either way, I think it would be a cool addition