Once upon a time reporters and those at the local paper wrote headlines just for their local paper. That paper didn't travel too far. But now, things have changed and those headlines and stories are available worldwide. That makes these headlines seem so quaint and ironically devoid of geographic context.
The headlines are not the problem, really. It's that these atomic bits are being stripped from their home websites by search engines without the metadata (aka location information such as "which county") they used to carry along.