yeah the upside of the redesign is that it is now reflective of the quality of the news delivered.
i honestly don't think you can look to a single news source even for updates as to what's going on. i have a few sites i visit at least once or twice a workday to get an idea of what's happening. my typical line-up is:
but honestly, more than any individual news site, i would rely on twitter. of course, you have to cultivate a decent feed, but i think i learn of breaking news there more often than any other single place.