The Google News home page lost a feature about a week ago that lets you quickly view trending topics on the left hand side bar. Reports began coming in a week ago, which Google only replied to within the past 24 hours in a forum thread.
The trending topics feature would show the most active news related searches on the left hand side bar. Here is a picture of what it looked like some time ago from Adam Shrek’s blog:
That no longer shows up, instead you just see the standard news related categories, such as Word News, Technology, Entertainment and more.
Google’s Stacie Chan said that the appropriate team has been notified and “a fix is being worked on” that will hopefully bring back the feature “shortly.”
As of now, you are stuck using Google Trends.