Just when you think Google Earth can't get any better, they add another useful feature. According to Google's LatLong Blog, there is now a news layer available for use with Google Earth v4.3. Select the news layer from the options menu and as you zoom in on a location, news related to that area will appear. Click on the news snippet to read the full story or find links to more related stories. Click here to read the full directions. Click here to get Google Earth version 4.3.
Applications for Education
The news layer option on Google Earth is useful for students in global studies courses. Students can use this option to quickly locate news stories for the region of the world, country, or city they're studying.