Japan: Culling begins at farm hit by bird flu

Agricultural authorities began culling thousands of chickens at a southern Japanese poultry farm Sunday after test results found a pathogenic strain of the bird flu virus, officials said amid the nation's latest outbreak of the disease. Some 4,000 chickens have died at a farm in the town of Kiyotake in Japan's southern prefecture (state) of Miyazaki since last week, and local officials said late Saturday that the virus belonged to the broad H5 family.