An eagle taught a young red fox a lesson in nature’s food chain when a rabbit the fox held as prey was snatched away by the much larger bald eagle. Video and photos showing the animals in an epic 8-second tug-of-war where the fox went airborne. A detailed blog post about the “dramatic art of thievery” has also been going viral. The dramatic encounter that took place at San Juan Island National Historical Park in Washington was caught by photographers Zachary Hartje and Kevin Ebi, who wrote the blog post. According to Ebi, he had spent the whole day taking pictures of the young foxes, called kits, play on a prairie on the island. Close to sunset, the kits started to hunt and one of them managed to snag a rabbit’s foot. “A red fox caught a rabbit and was carrying it across the meadow,” Ebi wrote. “I panned my camera with it to capture the action. Then behind me, I heard the cry of a bald eagle. I turned around and saw it approaching fast. I knew it wanted the rabbit.” Hartje’s video shows the fox trying to run away before the eagle swoops in and grabs it. “To my surprise, the scene was even more dramatic than I expected.” Ebi wrote. “I thought the fox would drop the rabbit, giving the eagle an easy dinner. Instead, the fox, with its jaw still clenched on the rabbit, inadvertently got snagged by the bald eagle. The eagle lifted the young fox and rabbit into the sky triggering an even more dramatic struggle.” Ebi says the eagle transferred the rabbit to its right talon and eventually let the fox go. The fox fell from enough height to trigger a small dust cloud when it hit the ground. But not to worry, the fox emerged “fine,” according to Ebi. Rabbits aren’t the first choice of food for these foxes on the island, Ebi says. They prefer insects, berries and voles –– but the last two have been displaced by rabbits. As for the park’s birds, most of their diet consists of fish and other birds.
(CNN) — As if we needed another thing to divide America. Some people who listen to this audio file hear one thing; others hear something completely different. It’s like it was put on the internet just to sow discord. Introducing: the Yanny-Laurel debate that’s fractured the internet. So what do you hear? You couldn’t get on social media Tuesday without seeing Team Yanny and Team Laurel going at it. First posted on Reddit, the polarizing audio clip spread to Twitter. Soon everyone from regular Joes to celebs like Ellen DeGeneres and JJ Watt were talking about it (Ellen thought it was Laurel, but Watt was Team Yanny). It was like an audio version of “ The Dress ” — a photo that went viral in 2015 when no one could agree whether the garment it showed was white and gold or blue and black, confirming that people will debate just about anything on the internet. And, like back then, there’s a simple explanation for why people perceive one thing so differently — and science can explain it. “Part of it involves the recording,” said Brad Story, Professor of Speech, Language and Hearing at The University of Arizona. “It’s not a very high quality. And that in itself allows there to be some ambiguity already.” Then, he said, you have to take into account the different ways people are listening to this — through mobile phones, headphones, tablets, etc. That aside, Story ran an acoustic analysis on the viral recording of the computerized voice. He also recorded himself saying “Yanny” and “Laurel,” for comparison. “When I analyzed the recording of Laurel, that third resonance is very high for the L. It drops for the R and then it rises again for the L,” he said. “The interesting thing about the word Yanny is that the second frequency that our vocal track produces follows almost the same path, in terms of what it looks like spectrographically, as Laurel.” OK, so what does that all mean? “If you have a low quality of recording, it’s not surprising some people would confuse the second and third resonances flipped around, and hear Yanny instead of Laurel.” Story also said that, if you change the pitch of the original recording, you can hear both words. “Most likely the original recording was ‘Laurel,’” he said. If you heard “Laurel,” you are the winner and have earned bragging rights for this round of internet debate. The-CNN-Wire & © 2018 Cable News Network, Inc., a Time Warner Company. All rights reserved.
Science Can Explain Why Some Hear Laurel, Others Hear Yanny
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NEW YORK (AP) — David Robertson went wild and loaded the bases in the eighth inning, and the Yankees weren’t all that concerned. “Whenever it’s a tough situation like that, I want D-Rob on the mound,” Aaron Judge said. Or as manager Aaron Boone put it: “He doesn’t blink.” New York Yankees’ Aaron Judge hits a solo home run against the Toronto Blue Jays during the seventh inning at Yankee Stadium on April 19,. (Photo by Adam Hunger/Getty Images) Judge hit his fifth home run, Robertson pitched out of a self-inflicted jam and New York overcame some shaky defense on a chilly night to beat the Toronto Blue Jays 4-3 on Thursday. Robertson loaded the bases with no outs on consecutive walks but limited Toronto to one run on pinch-hitter Curtis Granderson’s RBI single. Robertson struck out two and got a flyout from Luke Maile to hold a one-run lead. “He’s the one guy that, even if it gets a little sideways for a minute, you always feel like he can bring it right back in,” Boone said. Not that Robertson wasn’t feeling some stress. “I had to do something,” he said. “I was going to blow the game.” Toronto was eyeing a big inning for a second straight game. Granderson hit his ninth career grand slam in a 15-5 win over Kansas City on Wednesday. “That guy Robertson? He’s not going to melt,” Blue Jays manager John Gibbons said. Judge lofted a solo shot to make it 4-2 in the seventh. He turned on a 3-2 splitter from Tyler Clippard, spoiling the reliever’s first outing at Yankee Stadium since New York traded him to the White Sox last July. CC Sabathia allowed two unearned runs over 4 1/3 innings and 71 pitches in his first start since straining his right hip on April 6. He is 9-0 with a 1.88 ERA in his last 13 regular-season starts following a Yankees loss. “He gave us what we needed,” Boone said. Chad Green (1-0) retired five straight batters, Dellin Betances pitched a perfect seventh and Robertson delivered a lead to Aroldis Chapman, who struck out the side on 12 pitches for his third save, twice topping 100 mph. Aaron Sanchez (1-2) held New York to three runs over six innings. He allowed seven hits, one start after no-hitting Baltimore into the eighth inning. “They dunked a couple of balls in early and scored,” Gibbons said. “But for a tough lineup to face, I thought he was pretty good.” Moved from cleanup to the three-spot and flipping slots with struggling slugger Giancarlo Stanton, Didi Gregorius put New York ahead 3-2 with an RBI single in the fifth. Gregorius entered leading the majors in OPS (1.268) and tied for second in the AL with 16 RBIs. Stanton followed with an infield single to snap an 0-for-15 skid. He was 1 for 3 with a walk and is 4 for 38 with 20 strikeouts at Yankee Stadium this season. Neil Walker sparked New York’s two-run second inning by snapping an 0-for-16 skid with a double off the right-field wall. He scored on a single by Ronald Torreyes. GLOVE SICK New York entered tied for the AL lead with 17 errors and struggled defensively once again. Gary Sanchez let in Toronto’s first run when the catcher let Sabathia’s fastball clank off his mitt with a runner at third. Sabathia said he crossed up Sanchez, throwing a cutter even though Sanchez called for a slider. Sanchez had another passed ball in the fifth, his third in two games after going without one in his first 10 games behind the plate. He tied for the major league high with 16 passed balls last year. “I think he’s in a good place,” Boone said. “We’re constantly on it, staying on it, and he’s doing his due diligence with his work.” In the fourth, Torreyes misplayed a hot shot to third by Yangervis Solarte, then bounced a casual throw that first baseman Neil Walker couldn’t pick. Solarte scored when Maile’s grounder bounced between diving infielders Gregorius and Tyler Wade. “Kind of forgot to move his feet and doesn’t make a good throw,” Boone said. Before the game, Boone said New York was planning a defensive practice session Friday, something that’s been in the works for about a week. “It’s something that needs to improve, and I’m confident we’ll continue to improve,” Boone said. TRAINER’S ROOM Blue Jays: 3B Josh Donaldson (right shoulder) played catch in Dunedin, Florida, and “felt great,” according to manager John Gibbons. There’s still no timetable for Donaldson’s return. … OFs Dalton Pompey and Anthony Alford were activated from the DL and optioned to Triple-A Buffalo. Yankees: Reliever Tommy Kahnle will be shut down for 10 days and likely miss a few weeks after an MRI revealed biceps and shoulder tendinitis. … OF Clint Frazier (concussion) was set to take batting practice and do outfield work with Class A Tampa and could play in a game soon. … INF Brandon Drury (severe migraines) took batting practice with New York. … 1B Greg Bird (right ankle surgery) ran on the field, played catch and hit. UP NEXT New York’s Sonny Gray (1-1, 6.20 ERA) opposes Toronto’s Marco Estrada (1-1, 4.24) on Friday. Gray struck out eight over four innings against the Blue Jays on April 1 but got a no-decision. (© Copyright 2018 The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.)
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Wednesday is tax day again, a day after the IRS experienced multiple outages on its website just hours ahead of the midnight deadline to file taxes. A page on the IRS website that allows taxpayers to make a payment directly was not working for many as of Tuesday afternoon. Clicking on “Make a payment” on the payments page redirects users to a page titled “unplannedOutagePage.” People affected by the outage will get an extension, the IRS confirmed, with a deadline of midnight on Wednesday, April 18. The IRS attributed the issues to a hardware problem. A page that allowed taxpayers to make a payment directly was not working as of Tuesday afternoon. “Note that your tax payment is due although IRS Direct Pay may not be available,” the page notes. A separate page noted that the so-called Modernized e-File system, which accepts returns electronically was also down . “We are working this as a priority,” the IRS said. That system allows the agency to accept returns from popular software problems like TurboTax and H&R Block. Acting Commissioner David Kautter acknowledged the issue Tuesday morning during a House Oversight Committee hearing . “I was told a number of systems are down at the moment. We are working to resolve the issue and taxpayers should continue to file as they normally would,” he said. Last year, about 5 million Americans filed their tax returns on the last day before the deadline, according to the IRS. The IRS site problems caused plenty of grousing over Twitter. “Oh, government, you fool,” one user tweeted. April 17 had been the deadline for Americans to pay any taxes owed to the U.S. Treasury this year. It’s also the deadline for business owners and freelancers to pay their estimated taxes for the first quarter of 2018. While Direct Pay isn’t the only way to make a payment, it’s one of the few that doesn’t cost extra. Paying with a credit card through the IRS’ site will cost around 2 percent of the payment amount, starting at $2.50. Taxpayers who are expecting a refund can request a six-month extension to file. More than 9 in 10 taxpayers file their returns electronically, according to IRS figures. — Jonathan Berr and Jillian Harding contributed reporting © 2018 CBS Interactive Inc.. All Rights Reserved.
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