"The top news" (the solution on the main page) might be US English. I would never use that expression: I'd say "the main news" or just "the headlines" (whatever the media). (Indigenous Brit).
Me too. Saying "headline news" doesn't sound natural – I'd just say "headlines", which for some reason was marked wrong.
As a native English speaker (from the United States), I feel that the "headline news" is not all that common of a phrase ("headline" seems like an adjective here which sounds a bit odd). Usually, just "the headlines" is used to express "the main news stories."
I have never heard the phrase' the headline news' (British indigenous speaker)
How do we know this is specific ("The headline news") rather than general ("Headline news")?