The New York Times addition was cute, but didn’t add much. There simply aren’t enough stories to make it especially useful. However, Google News brings in items from 4,500 new sources, so there are literally thousands of items on the map. This is excellent, because it allows you to zoom in tight on an area, and see the latest news items from around there.
To activate this feature in your copy of Google Earth, just click on the “Gallery” category in your “Layers” tab, and check the box next to “Google News”.