Mar 5, 2018

ESPN names Disney exec as next president

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ESPN has named Disney executive James Pitaro as its new president, more than two months after John Skipper suddenly resigned to focus on his substance abuse.

Bottom line: Pitaro had been widely considered a front-runner for the job, due to his close relationship with Disney boss Bob Iger and his strong performance running Disney's consumer products and interactive business units. But Iger had kept his cards close to his vest, and was not asked about the ESPN opening during Disney's most recent earnings call.

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Mass shooting in Milwaukee: What we know so far

Milwaukee Mayor Tom Barrett in 2012. Photo: John Gress/Corbis via Getty Images

Six people died in a shooting at the Milwaukee Molson Coors brewery complex on Wednesday, including the shooter, Mayor Tom Barrett told reporters at an evening press conference with local police.

What's happening: Police said "there is no active threat" just before 6 pm ET, but noted the scene remains active. Police chief Alfonso Morales told reporters that officers have "more than 20 buildings we have to secure" at the complex and they do not currently have all employees accounted for, as more than 1,000 were at the complex during the shooting.

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Trump assigns Pence to lead U.S. coronavirus response

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President Trump announced at a press briefing Wednesday evening that he'll be putting Vice President Mike Pence in charge of leading the administration's response to the coronavirus.

The big picture: In the wake of a market sell-off and warnings from health officials that there's a real threat of the coronavirus spreading in the U.S., Trump sought to reassure the nation and Wall Street that the U.S. is "ready" for whatever comes next.

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