AUSTIN, Texas -AP- Police shut down 10 blocks of businesses in the heart of downtown Austin early Monday after dozens birds were found dead.

Experts were testing for any sort of environmental contaminant or gas or chlorine leaks that might have killed off the animals, police spokeswoman Toni Chovanetz said.

Something feels a little odd about this. I’ll be interested in seeing the autopsy reports in the birds, if any.

Along the same lines this monring comes word from NYC:


NEW YORK (Reuters) – The smell of gas throughout much of Manhattan forced the evacuation of buildings and the suspension of a commuter train service on Monday, authorities and media reported.