If you use Google News at all, try using this live, dynamic "treemap visualization" instead. It's pretty stunning to just get a brutal, visually rich weighting of what people are reading about. (Or, rather, writing about--as near as I can tell, emphasis is weighted by the number of "related articles," same as on Google News.)
If you think this is as cool as I do, you'll probably also like flipping through the different country tabs. And if you have a giant screen, try "Select All News" for a side-by-side comparison.