Google's Webmaster Tools offering is great but I only wish they'd give me a snappier URL for it. No. Wait. I only wish they'd give us an MMC like interface for multiple users. I think I'd better stop my Google wish-list here!
I work on a number of significant news sites. The Webmaster Console (The Artist Formally Known as Sitemap XML) has added extras for sites included by Google News. You knew that. Have you seen what the added extras look like? Have you seen the Google News specific errors?
Allow me. One of the Google News specific errors is date too old as Google (currently) only collects news content which is less than 4 days old.