Mar 19, 2019

Paul Ryan to join board of directors for newly formed Fox Corp.

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Fox Corp., formed from the leftovers of Disney's acquisition of 21st Century Fox, added former House Speaker Paul Ryan to its board of directors on Tuesday, per Variety. Fox Corporation was established as a stand alone company Tuesday. The close of the 21st Century Fox and Disney transaction will happen on Wednesday.

Our thought bubble, Per CNN, Paul Ryan and Rupert Murdoch "have been friendly for many years," with Murdoch naming Ryan as a 2014 presidential candidate that he had "particular admiration for."

The big picture: Disney is set to acquire 21st Century Fox just after midnight on Wednesday. Everything that Disney isn't taking — like Fox Sports and Fox News — will be allocated into Fox Corp, led by Rupert Murdoch's son, Lachlan, who formerly served as the executive chairman of 21st Century Fox.

  • The new company is different from most of the entertainment assets that Murdoch sold to Disney for $71 billion, which largely include content that can be viewed on-demand and whose revenue is largely international.

Go deeper: Fox News' close ties to the president have put the network on the brink

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Mass shooting in Milwaukee: What we know

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

Six people died in a shooting at the Molson Coors Brewing Company in Milwaukee on Wednesday, including the gunman, Mayor Tom Barrett told reporters at a Wednesday evening press conference with local police.

Details: All of the victims worked at the brewery complex, as did the shooter who died of "an apparent self-inflicted gunshot wound," police confirmed in a statement late Wednesday.

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Coronavirus updates: South Korea case count tops 2,000

Data: The Center for Systems Science and Engineering at Johns Hopkins, the CDC, and China's Health Ministry. Note: China numbers are for the mainland only and U.S. numbers include repatriated citizens.

33 people in California have tested positive for the coronavirus, and health officials are monitoring 8,400 people who have recently returned from "points of concern," Gov. Gavin Newsom said Thursday.

The big picture: COVID-19 has killed more than 2,850 people and infected over 83,000 others in some 50 countries and territories. The novel coronavirus is now affecting every continent but Antarctica, and the WHO said Wednesday the number of new cases reported outside China has exceeded those inside the country for the first time.

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Syria's darkest chapter

Family room without a family, in Idlib. Photo: Muhammed Said/Anadolu Agency via Getty Images

The worst humanitarian crisis of Syria’s brutal civil war is colliding today with what could be the war’s most dangerous geopolitical showdown, after at least 29 Turkish troops were killed in an airstrike.

The big picture: The fighting is taking place in Idlib in northwest Syria, where a ferocious Syrian and Russian offensive has displaced 1 million civilians and infuriated Turkey, which borders the region.

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