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Clare Spencer | 14:33 UK time, Wednesday, 5 January 2011

A look at the stories ranking highly on various news sites.

The Guardian's most viewed article says 500 red-winged blackbirds and starlings have been found dead in Louisiana, a few days after up to 5,000 blackbirds fell to earth in neighbouring Arkansas. The Guardian says the mystery has left officials scratching their heads and jumpy members of the public joking (nervously) about the end of the world.

The Times' most read article is about what it calls a "conspiracy of silence" about gang-led on-street grooming of young girls [subscription required]. The paper says police have so far refused to accept that there is a racial element in the sexual abuse of girls in northern towns despite 53 out of the 56 men prosecuted for rape, child abduction, indecent assault and sex with a child after picking girls up on the street were Asian.

The Daily Mail's most read article reveals that Jo Yeates' killer may have known she was going to be spending the weekend alone. The article says detectives are now trying to identify exactly who knew of her plans.

Telegraph readers catch up on the latest action from the Ashes. On day three England's cricket team lead Australia by 208 runs.

Sun readers are interested in an apparent bust-up between Manchester City team mates Emmanuel Adebayor and Kolo Toure. The Sun says the brawl ended up on the ground as Toure "slapped on a headlock that any WWE wrestler would have been proud of".

The Daily Beast's readers look at the site's ranking of 2010's popular diets. The baby food diet, the junk food diet were both beaten into first place by volumetrics - where you drink lots of water in everything you eat.

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