Things you should know today: 3/20/19


Disney closes $71B deal for Fox entertainment assets

Cars enter and leave Fox Studios, Tuesday, March 19, 2019, in Los Angeles. Disney has closed its $71 acquisition of Fox’s entertainment business on Wednesday, March 20, in a move set to shake up the media landscape. The closure paves the way for Disney to launch its streaming service, Disney Plus, due out later this year. (AP Photo/Chris Pizzello)

Disney acquired Fox’s entertainment business Wednesday, March 20, for $71 billion. The deal is expected to clear the way for Disney to launch its streaming service, “Disney Plus,” later this year. Disney now has the rights to movies and TV shows such as “The Simpsons,” “Star Wars” and “Deadpool” among others, along with programs shown on FX Networks and National Geographic.

Mozambique mourns as Cyclone Idai’s toll rises above 300

Rescuers carry a body from a military helicopter in Chimanimani, about 600 km south east of Harare, Zimbabwe, Wednesday, March, 20, 2019. Zimbabwean President Emmerson Mnangagwa visited a part of Chimanimnani affected by cyclone Idai and promised assistance in the form of food and rebuilding of homes. Hundreds are dead, many more missing and thousands at risk from massive flooding in Mozambique, Malawi and Zimbabwe caused by Cyclone Idai. (AP Photo/Tsvangirayi Mukwazhi)

Mozambique began three days of national mourning after over 300 of its citizens were found dead in the aftermath of Cyclone Idai. Over 100 people were also found dead in neighboring Zimbabwe after one of the deadliest storms in decades hit southern Africa. Torrential rains and floodwaters are expected to continue throughout the week and the United Nations humanitarian office said over 350,000 people remain at risk.

AP source: Trout, Angels close to record $432M, 12-year deal

FILE – In this Sept. 10, 2017, file photo, Los Angeles Angels’ Mike Trout is greeted in the dugout after hitting a solo home run in the first inning of a baseball game against the Seattle Mariners in Seattle. A person familiar with the negotiations tells The Associated Press Tuesday, March 19, 2019, that Trout and the Angels are close to finalizing a record $432 million, 12-year contract that would shatter the record for the largest deal in North American sports history. (AP Photo/Ted S. Warren, File)

Mike Trout and the Los Angeles Angels are close to completing a $432 million, 12-year contract that would break the record for the largest deal in U.S. sports history. Trout’s deal would shatter the former record $330 million, 13-year contract between Bryce Harper and the Philadelphia Phillies, signed on Feb. 28 of this year.

Viral content of the day

A video of two boys from West Virginia playing basketball went viral on social media after Christina Weaver, mother of 9-year-old Austin Jenkins, posted it to Facebook. The video shows Jenkins, who has cerebral palsy, making a basket after his teammate Greyson put his arms around Jenkins to assist with the shot.

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