Movies about talking animals are typically innocuous, if not entirely forgettable (except, of course, if your name is Paddington), but “Show Dogs,” which hit theaters on Friday, has sparked criticism from parents and advocacy groups. The film follows Max, a police dog (voiced by Ludacris) that infiltrates the world of elite dog shows alongside a human FBI agent (Will Arnett) to recover a kidnapped panda. Some viewers have taken issue with multiple moments in the film when the canine’s genitals are touched in preparation for the final show ― first by Arnett’s character and later by judges, even though he’s clearly uncomfortable. In these scenes, Max is told to go to a “zen place” while the inspection occurs, which, according to the National Center on Sexual Exploitation, sends “a troubling message that grooms children for sexual abuse.”

May 23, 2018 15:27 UTC

Comedian Sarah Silverman said she “has compassion” for friends Louis C.K., Aziz Ansari, and Al Franken who were swept into the Me Too movement, and sees no reason why C.K. “And if that’s the case, I don’t see any reason why they can’t continue being artists. I have compassion.”Silverman opened up about the complexities of being friends with someone who falls under the Me Too spotlight. ‘Let me tell GQ about my conversations with Louie,’” Silverman said when the magazine asked about C.K. I don’t have some definitive sound bite or nutshell of how I feel about it, even to myself.

May 23, 2018 15:22 UTC

It may sound like something out of a 1950's B-horror movie, but giant-sized hammerhead worms are invading France. Giant hammerhead flatworms are taking over parts of France, disrupting the ecosystem and causing a concern for researchers. "The present findings strongly suggest that the species present in Metropolitan France and overseas territories should be considered invasive alien species," the study's discussion reads. "Another reason is the absence of predators," Justine told LiveScience via email. "As invasive predators, [giant flatworms] are likely to be a threat to the abundance and biodiversity of the soil invertebrates," he said.

May 23, 2018 15:22 UTC

The group hoping to crush the Guinness Record for the world’s largest recorded orgy scrambled to find a new place to hold the event after the Las Vegas hotel they planned to host it pulled out. The event, called “Sin City 8,” was slated to occur on June 2 at the Embassy Suites in Las Vegas but it appears the hotel wasn't aware of what it was getting itself into, The Blast reported. Guests of the group are welcome to stay at our hotel but no events of any kind associated with Sin City 8 will take place at the Embassy Suites,” the Embassy Suites told The Blast in a statement. The group, which hopes to break the record held by Japan of “500 people simultaneously having sex,” were able to find a new place for their attempt: the Erotic Heritage Museum. Fox News’ request for a comment from the Embassy Suites on Wednesday morning was not immediately returned.

May 23, 2018 15:22 UTC

After a brief respite, investors are getting nervous about trade again. President Donald Trump on Tuesday said he was unhappy with how trade talks with China have gone, while lawmakers moved to block White House efforts to ease restrictions on Chinese telecom giant ZTE. On Wednesday there was news that talks to renegotiate the North American Free Trade Agreement have stalled.

May 23, 2018 15:14 UTC

A Delta flight clipped the wing of a United Airlines aircraft after landing at Hollywood Burbank Airport on Tuesday night, though it’s unclear which aircraft was at fault for the collision. "It felt like we hit a body," SkyWest passenger Bernadette Kashden told the station. Another SkyWest passenger, who spoke with KCAL, claimed that the pilot of the SkyWest flight suggested the United aircraft was to blame for being parked incorrectly at B2. “A United Airlines aircraft briefly came into contact with another aircraft that was taxiing at Burbank," stated United. "There were no passengers on board the United aircraft and no reported injuries.”Runways at the Hollywood Burbank Airport, formerly known as Bob Hope Airport, remained open during the incident.

May 23, 2018 15:11 UTC

The coming weeks are shaping up to be unusually busy for fans of short fiction. “On short fiction, you can keep approaching it. Sales of fiction short stories and anthologies have fluctuated year to year but increased overall. In that way, she said, short fiction is unlike many salt-and-sand-encrusted beach reads, which can melt away from memory quickly in the heat. In several stories, Mr. White drops in on Forney Culpepper, an aspiring writer exploring his identity after his father dies and his mother abandons him.

May 23, 2018 15:09 UTC

Countless unsuccessful attempts to track down the monster have been made in the years since, notably in 2003 when the BBC funded an extensive scientific search that used 600 sonar beams and satellite tracking to sweep the full length of the loch. The most recent attempt was two years ago when a high-tech marine drone found a monster - but not the one it was looking for. The discovery turned out to be replica used in the 1970 film “The Private Life of Sherlock Holmes”, which sank nearly 50 years ago. Gemmell’s team, which comprises scientists from Britain, Denmark, the United States, Australia and France, is keen to stress the expedition is more than just a monster hunt. “While the prospect of looking for evidence of the Loch Ness monster is the hook to this project, there is an extraordinary amount of new knowledge that we will gain from the work about organisms that inhabit Loch Ness,” Gemmell said on his university website.

May 23, 2018 14:48 UTC

A Broward County, Florida, sheriff’s deputy faces theft charges after he stole DVDs and action figures from a Walmart while in uniform, according to officials. Deputy Henry Guzman, 44, was arrested Monday by detectives of the Broward County Sheriff’s Office public corruption unit. He shoplifted from the Lauderdale Lakes Walmart while wearing his uniform on three separate dates, the sheriff’s office said. Guzman, a 13-year veteran of the force, stole about $200 worth of merchandise, including the movies “Fifty Shades Freed” and “Dirt,” as well “Star Wars” and “Deadpool” action figures, reported The Miami Herald. He used his department-issued vest to hide the DVDs, according to the newspaper.

May 23, 2018 14:48 UTC

When it comes to the battle for the cancer immunotherapy market, the optics can't get better for Merck. Today Merck announced that combining Keytruda with chemotherapy increased both overall survival and PFS in the study. The U.S. lung opportunity is worth $6.6 billion for Merck; shares are up 1.6% to $59.37 in morning trading. Arie Belldegrun, who sold Kite Pharmaceuticals to Gilead for $11.9 billion last year, seems to like a lot of what Gilead used to have. Norbert Bischofberger, who ran R&D at Gilead until April, when he left that company after 30 years.

May 23, 2018 14:48 UTC

An Air Force T-38 Talon II crashed Wednesday morning in a remote area near the Columbus Air Force Base, Mississippi, ejecting two pilots safely from the aircraft, Pentagon officials told Fox News. The two pilots were rushed to a local hospital for evaluation. The T-38 is used to train Air Force pilots how to fly jets. The Air Force crash today marks the fifth U.S. Air Force non-combat aviation crash of 2018 versus seven for all of last year:The crash took place hours before Defense Secretary Jim Mattis was scheduled to deliver a commencement address at the U.S. Air Force Academy in Colorado Springs. The training jet crash on Wednesday came weeks after an Air Force cargo plane crashed in Georgia, killing all nine aboard.

May 23, 2018 14:46 UTC

Leave it to Marc Benioff to turn what might have been a staid opening ceremony for San Francisco’s tallest building into an unusual mix of religion and a call to action for tech companies. Benioff recalled reading several years ago in the San Francisco Chronicle that one in 20 students in San Francisco’s public schools were homeless. “There are still thousands of people who are homeless.” Sounding an awful lot like a politician, Benioff offered a solution. … Tech wants to be part of the solution.”Businesses in San Francisco also desperately want a solution to the homeless problem. The San Francisco Chronicle has written about businesses plagued by homeless people harassing customers, and even sometimes throwing feces.

May 23, 2018 14:00 UTC

The five tech brands above do it better than anyone else and are the five most valuable brands in the world by Forbes’ count, worth a combined $586 billion, up 20% from last year. Leading the pack as the world’s most valuable brand for the eighth straight year is Apple, with a value of $182.8 billion, up 8%. Forbes evaluated more than 200 global brands to determine our final list of the 100 most valuable. The 100 most valuable brands are worth a cumulative $2.15 billion, up 10% from a year ago. More reading: World's Most Valuable Brands 2018: By The Numbers

May 23, 2018 14:00 UTC

Fox executives rejected Comcast's bid, which was 16% higher than Disney's, because they believed that the chances of regulatory approval were better for Disney. In addition, the Disney deal would turn Fox shareholders, including Murdoch and his family, into Disney shareholders. The Murdoch family would become one of Disney's largest individual shareholders, with about 5% of the company's stock.

May 23, 2018 13:58 UTC

Nice going, kid. Brynn Cartelli, a 15-year-old Massachusetts high school student, won “The Voice” on Tuesday, becoming the show’s youngest champion, according to reports. Cartelli was 14 when she was cast for the singing competition. Her 15th birthday was last month. !” Clarkson wrote of Cartelli to “Today” show host Hoda Kotb in a tweet late Tuesday.

May 23, 2018 13:52 UTC