nsauser - 3:33 pm on Aug 27, 2013 (gmt 0)
I guess what I should have added to my post was that the news stories showed up at some point in the last week as I do ranking reports for our company every Monday. I understand the concept of 'buzz' but it seems like 46 of the first 50 results being related to the same story from the first week of August hardly seems like buzz. But I get it. If in fact it's a fresh buzzy type of thing it seems like it's a bit glitchy, that's all. I've never seen a SERP like that without using a long-tail search.
I also saw a lot less domain diversity as well and a change in location based results.
I'm in the centroid of Phoenix and a search for a term including Mesa gave me first page results of approx 55% Mesa, AZ related and the rest were matched to Costa MESA, La MESA, etc. The typical distribution is typically 85 - 90% Mesa, AZ results.