Continuing with constant improvements, Google has removed the Author:Search from Google News. This means that one cannot search for articles from specific authors in Google News anymore.
Using the author: firstname lastname command at Google News will not show any results now. This was confirmed by Google in Google News help forum:
“The author: search operator is no longer available. For author-specific Google News content, I would recommend use of the Authorship capabilities in Google News, introduced last month. Integration with Google+ circles means easier following and engagement between authors and readers.”
With this change, the rel=author markup now does not show up inside of Google News search results. What do you think of Google's move? Do share your views.