Google is currently fixing an indexing issue affecting new articles appearing in the ‘Top Stories’ section of search results.
The issue began on September 11, 2020 beginning at 3pm PT.
To be clear – the issue has been fixed. It’s the full restoration of content that will take several hours to complete.
We had an indexing issue with new articles appearing in Top Stories beginning around 3pm PT. We’ve now fixed this, though full restoration will likely take several hours, maybe less. We’ll update when that’s reached.
— Google SearchLiaison (@searchliaison) September 12, 2020
An update will be provided when the fix has fully rolled out.