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Australians Are Trying to Decide if It’s O.K. to Swear at Sheep

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Activists say that sheep don't like being verbally abused

A complaint by People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) over the abuse of animals at a remote Australian sheep station has prompted a debate over whether sheep can be cursed at.

The Australian Broadcasting Corp. (ABC) reports that PETA’s complaint, made in September 2014, was not solely about verbal abuse, but the use of offensive language toward the animals was an element of the complaint that had been taken seriously by animal-welfare organization the Royal Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (RSPCA).

Steve Coleman, CEO of the New South Wales branch of the RSPCA, told the ABC that the organization would investigate “an allegation that puts at risk an animal, that would cause it unnecessary suffering.”

Ken Turner, the operator of Boorungie Station in outback New South Wales, where the cussing was alleged to have taken place, said, “The allegation was that bad language was used by an employee on the property in front of the sheep, and that they could have been offended by the use of bad language.”

The president of Lawyers for Animals, Nichola Donovan, argued that verbal abuse of “an extreme nature” could constitute “an act of violence” against an animal.

Although the PETA complaint has now been dropped, pastoralists remain wary about being seen as rude and upsetting by their woolly charges. The issue was debated at last week’s annual general meeting of the Pastoralists’ Association, where many members felt that colorful language was occasionally necessary during mustering and shearing.

Addressing the meeting, Dean Boyce of the RSPCA conceded that many of the complaints the organization received each year were “petty.”

For his part, Boorungie Station’s Turner said he had no plans to mind his own language in front of sheep. “We’ll continue as normal,” he told the ABC.


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This Map Shows Which Cities Have the Highest Minimum Wages

Los Angeles just voted to raise its minimum wage from $9 to $15. See how other major cities stack up:

Los Angeles became the latest and largest city to raise its minimum wage, voting May 19 to up it from $9 an hour to $15 by 2020. (The federal minimum is $7.25.) The nation’s second largest city follows Seattle and San Francisco, which moved to gradually increase their minimum wages to $15 in 2014.

Here are the other major cities that have passed or proposed a higher wage floor. (Note: Most increases will be phased in between now and 2020.)


Source: The National Employment Law Project

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Remembering B.B. King, an Icon of the Blues

The legendary bluesman sat for LIFE photographer John Shearer in 1972

One of the most celebrated figures in the world of music, blues master B.B. King, died in Las Vegas on Thursday at the age of 89, according to the Associated Press, citing King’s lawyer.

The leading bluesman of his generation sold millions of albums over the course of his phenomenal career and was an inductee in both the Blues Foundation Hall of Fame and the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.

His 2009 album, “One Kind Favor,” earned him his 15th Grammy.

Liz Ronk, who edited this gallery, is the Photo Editor for LIFE.com. Follow her on Twitter @lizabethronk.

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Watch Rebel Wilson Feed Jimmy Fallon ‘Koala Poop’

"You don't want to like, try a little now."

Pitch Perfect 2 star Rebel Wilson offered Jimmy Fallon a taste of another one of her home country delicacies after the Tonight Show host found that he was not a fan of Vegemite, the yeast extract spread popular in Australia.

Koala poop.

“You don’t want to like, try a little now,” the Aussie actor asked Fallon as he feigned terror.

But Fallon may have been more receptive to this dish than he was to Vegemite. The pellets were only candy, after all — koala poop is only really a delicacy for baby koalas.

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The Actor Who Voices Ned Flanders and Mr Burns Is No Longer Part of The Simpsons

The GRAMMY Museum Presents The Drop: Harry Shearer
Noel Vasquez—Getty Images Harry Shearer visits the The Drop at The Grammy Museum on October 22, 2012 in Los Angeles, California.

Fox just told Harry Shearer that his contract would not be renewed

Simpsons voice veteran Harry Shearer declared on Twitter Thursday that he would no longer be working with the iconic animated series.

The actor provides the voices for four characters — Mr Burns, Ned Flanders, Waylon Smithers and Principal Skinner. Shearer said that a lawyer for executive producer James L. Brooks said that he “will not be part of” the show going forward. Shearer appeared to welcome the decision as an opportunity for him to pursue other projects.

The Hollywood Reporter said that the Emmy-winning Shearer had been the “lone cast holdout” in negotiations with Fox over seasons 27 and 28 of the hugely popular cartoon.

Shearer has been with the Simpsons since the show’s beginnings in 1989. Fox has not commented on his departure.


Morning Must Reads: May 11

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Texas Storm Wreaks Havoc

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Conservative Battle on the Horizon

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Castro Thanks Pope Francis

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Suspects Charged in Cop Killings

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Swedish Court Rejects Assange Appeal

Sweden’s Supreme Court rejected an appeal on Monday by WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange to revoke an arrest warrant over sexual assault. The order was brought by Swedish prosecutors in 2010 following a set of allegations against Assange

South African Opposition Party Elects First Black Leader

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Saudi King to Miss Gulf Nation Summit in U.S.

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Rickie Fowler Wins Players Championship

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Benedict Cumberbatch Passed Over for BAFTA Award Again

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Elizabeth Wilson, of The Graduateand Quiz Show, Dies at 94

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Ebola Survivor Gives Powerful Commencement Speech

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Morning Must Reads: May 8

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By Jove He’s Got It!

The Conservative Party swept to power Friday in Britain’s Parliamentary elections, winning an unexpected and resounding victory that returns Prime Minister David Cameron to 10 Downing Street in a stronger position than before

Court Rules Against NSA

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Tom Brady Deflects on Deflategate

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More Storms Coming as Oklahoma Reels From Weather

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Mayweather Says No Rematch With ‘Sore Loser’ Pacquiao

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How Narendra Modi Wants to Change India

In a rare two-hour interview with TIME at his residence in New Delhi, Prime Minister Narendra Modi calls the U.S. and India “natural allies,” defends the pace of his reform drive and rebuffs criticism of his government’s attitude toward India’s religious minorities

Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt’s By the Sea Gets Release

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Al-Qaeda Leader Who Claimed Charlie Hebdo Attack Killed

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Fox Greenlights John Stamos Sitcom

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Senate Passes Bill to Review Iran Nuclear Deal

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Baltimore’s Top Cop Welcomes Federal Probe Request

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Miley Cyrus Opens Up: ‘I’m Finally O.K. With Being Alone’

The singer tells TIME about her efforts to help empower queer youth through her Happy Hippie foundation and talks about her own path to openness: “I’m not hiding my sexuality. For me, I don’t want to label myself as anything”

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Morning Must Reads: May 7

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Britain’s Nail-Biter

Voters in England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland go to the polls Thursday to elect a new government in one of the tightest races for more than a century. Here’s a guide to the parties, the leaders and the key issues

Bibi’s Last-Minute Deal

Israeli Prime Minister Benjaminm “Bibi” Netanyahu formed a coalition government, reaching an agreement with the hard-line nationalist party

Patriots Tampered With Footballs

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Tornadoes in Southern Plains Destroy Homes, Flip Cars

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How Narendra Modi Wants to Change India

In a rare two-hour interview with TIME at his residence in New Delhi, Prime Minister Narendra Modi calls the U.S. and India “natural allies,” defends the pace of his reform drive and rebuffs criticism of his government’s attitude toward India’s religious minorities

Meet the First Baby Born With Assistance From Stem Cells

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‘Pollen Tsunami’ Causing Misery in the Northeast

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A Posthumous Kurt Cobain Solo Album Is in the Works

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Fox Cancels The Mindy Project — but There’s Hope at Hulu

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Kenya Rolls Back Threat to Close Massive Refugee Camp

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Supergirl Lands a Series at CBS

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Calif. Regulators Approve Unprecedented Water Cutbacks

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Lee Daniels: ‘My Mother Knew I Had to Get Out of the Ghetto’

The 2015 TIME 100 honoree toasted his mother, Clara, at the gala in April. What follows is the text of his speech

I stand before you a very humble man — a very nervous man. I’ve been to many award shows, but this place is on another level.

I think about my kid, my son. I have twins that I didn’t want to have the life that I had. I didn’t have a great life growing up. I had my mom, who’s here tonight. But it wasn’t a great life.

And so I wanted my kids to have the life that I didn’t have, as all parents do. I wonder now… My son says I don’t have enough time for him.

My mom had five kids. And she came home after working three jobs, and I’d rub her feet. We’d all rub her feet. We were lucky to get any time with her.

My mom knew early on that I was gay, and she knew that I had to get out of the ghetto. And so she hit up my next door neighbor, who was a butler — hence The Butler. And he was the butler for Ed Snyder, who was the owner of the Philadelphia Eagles.

I drove out every day to a world of white people. And that world opened my life into a magical place that I don’t think I would’ve known.

Most of my friends are dead. I watched friends die in my arms at 5, 6, 8. When I grew up the rest of my friends died of AIDS. That I don’t have HIV is a miracle from God.

So this evening is for my mom, because she knew I was destined for something — what that something is, I don’t know. But I love her from the bottom of my heart, and I honor her tonight, because this is really for her.

Clara — Mom — stand up.


Morning Must Reads: May 6

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Manny Pacquiao Is Facing a $5 Million Class-Action Lawsuit

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Hawaii Bill for Birth-Certificate Gender Change Passes

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U.S. Ranks Worst Developed Country for Maternal Health

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U.S. Flooded With Campus Sexual-Assault Complaints

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Baltimore Cop Says Arrest of Freddie Gray Was Legal

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Nepal’s Cyclists Reach Inaccessible Villages

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