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In brief: US dead bird riddle solved

LOUISIANA'S state wildlife veterinarian chief revealed that many of the roughly 450 birds that died near Baton Rouge may have flown into a power line.

Jim LaCour said the birds had broken beaks and backs and some live birds had broken wings. The bird deaths on Monday came a few days after about 3,000 blackbirds fell from the sky in central Arkansas, in what scientists believe was due to fireworks on New Year's Eve.

Ben Stiller was living Focker role

Ben Stiller has revealed he understands the respect his character Greg Focker is trying to earn from Robert De Niro in his latest film 'Little Fockers'.

The 'Zoolander' star is married to actress Christine Taylor and revealed he was getting ready to ask her father for permission to marry her when he filmed the first 'Meet The Fockers' film in 2000.

Twins born either side of new year

A US couple welcomed their new daughter to the world in the last minute of 2010 and her twin brother in the first minute of 2011.

Ashley Fansler gave birth to Madisen Carin Lewis at 11:59pm on New Year's Eve in Machesney Park, near Chicago. Aiden Everette Lewis was born a minute later.

Man moves in with two lions

A Florida man says he's going to spend the next month living in a fenced enclosure with two African lions.

James Jablon of Spring Hill said that he hopes the stunt will raise money for his wildlife centre. Mr Jablon entered the lions' den last Saturday. His adventure is being streamed online.

Pink Floyd and EMI settle dispute

Pink Floyd and EMI have settled their legal dispute and agreed a new five-year contract. Last year the band sued its longtime label for digitally selling individual tracks from their original albums.

EMI said yesterday that all legal disputes between the band and the company have been settled.

Missing cat lands owner in trouble

A pet owner was warned he could be fined £1,000 (€1,170) after he put up missing cat posters in his neighbourhood. Mike Harding (44) from Bedford, appealed for the public's help in finding his tabby Wookie on A4 sheets that he posted on trees.

Bedford Council told him to take the posters down within 48 hours or face a fine.

Irish Independent