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Scientists are investigating whether bad weather, fireworks or poison might have forced more than 3,000 red-winged blackbirds out of the sky, or if a disoriented bird simply led the flock into the ground. Assistant State Veterinarian Brandon Doss examines a carcass at the Arkansas Livestock and Poultry Commission Diagnostic Laboratory in Little Rock. Danny Johnston/AP hide caption

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Puzzling Demise Of Arkansas' Red-Winged Blackbird

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Big Sea Ballad Davy Spillane
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Though precipitation levels do vary region to region, when looked at globally, 2010 was also the wettest year on record. In Pakistan, makeshift camps popped up in areas ravaged by catastrophic flooding. Rizwan Tabassum/AFP/Getty Images hide caption

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Last Year: The Warmest On Record (Again)

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Researchers say metal flipper bands like the one on this penguin lowered survival rates and harmed the number of chicks the banded birds produced. Benoit Gineste/Nature hide caption

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Flipper Bands Can Harm King Penguin Population

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3 Minutes of Pure Entertainment David Torn
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SONATA IN F MINOR FOR BASSOON AND CONTINUO christopher weait

The home in Tucson, Ariz., where Jared Loughner, charged in a shooting that killed six and wounded more than a dozen, lived with his parents. AFP/AFP/Getty Images hide caption

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Suspect A Puzzle, Even Before Arizona Shooting

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WATERFALL WITH BLENDERS TURTLE ISLAND STRING QUARTET
the orderly retreat EVAN LURIE
You Make Me Smile Al Petteway & Amy White
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Places in California, including Stockton, are pocked with abandoned homes, like this one in 2008. Justin Sullivan/Getty Images hide caption

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Will The Housing Bust Create New Rust Belts?

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I I I GRASSY KNOLL
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DESERT RAIN OUTBACK
AFRICAN RIVER ABDULLAH IBRAHIM AND EKAYA
New Year's Eve Glenn Phillips
Promise (Beyond the Mountains) Ottmar Liebert
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ANDRE'S UPS AND DOWNS DON PULLEN

The Bentley Continental GT on display during the auto show. The company's 2011 models are quite popular. Stand Honda/AFP/Getty Images hide caption

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Luxury Makes A Comeback At Detroit Auto Show

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Indian Summer Chris Botti
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