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The Daily Need

Photo: Gone to the birds

A flock of black skimmers face into a cold blustery wind as they huddle together on Ben T. Davis Beach in Florida on a cold mid-December day. Photo: AP/Chris O'Meara

Sadly, birds have been in the news a lot lately. Sudden bird die-offs in Arkansas, Louisiana and now Sweden have people unnerved and scrambling for explanations ranging from alien invasion, experiments by the U.S. military, the BP oil spill, fireworks or meteor showers. Add to the scenario massive fish die-offs in Maryland, Brazil and New Zealand and you have the perfect recipe for “end of days” discussions around the water cooler. If you would like to follow the “birdpocalypse” from the convenience of your desktop, Google has made it easy with this handy Mass Animal Deaths Google Map.

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    Reunited after the explosions
    An unidentified Boston Marathon runner, center, is reunited with loved ones near Copley Square.
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    Obama boards the Rosa Parks bus
    President Barack Obama sits on the famed Rosa Parks bus at the Henry Ford Museum.
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    Puppet theater
    After disappointing results in the Mississippi and Alabama primaries this week, former Speaker of the House Newt Gingrich vowed that his campaign would continue.