Things you should know today: 9/19/17


Toys ‘R’ Us files for bankruptcy, but keeps stores open

Alan Diaz
FILE – In this Friday, Nov. 25, 2016, file photo, shoppers shop in a Toys R Us store on Black Friday in Miami. Toys R Us, the pioneering big box toy retailer, announced late Monday, Sept. 18, 2017 it has filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection while continuing with normal business operations. (AP Photo/Alan Diaz, File)

As online retail competition increases, Toys ‘R’ Us has filed for bankruptcy protection in preparation for the holiday season. Doing so will provide them with greater financial flexibility to invest in their business.

GOP expresses hope for Obamacare repeal bill, hurdles remain

Pablo Martinez Monsivais
FILE – In this July 13, 2017, file photo, Sen. Bill Cassidy, R-La., left, and Sen. Lindsey Graham, R-S.C., right, talk while walking to a meeting on Capitol Hill in Washington. Senate Republicans are planning a final, uphill push to erase President Barack Obama’s health care law. But Democrats and their allies are going all-out to stop the drive. The initial Republican effort crashed in July in the GOP-run Senate. Majority Leader Mitch McConnell said after that defeat that he’d not revisit the issue without the votes to succeed. Graham and Cassidy are leading the new GOP charge and they’d transform much of Obama’s law into block grants and let states decide how to spend the money. (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais, File)

President Barack Obama’s health care law repeal is gaining momentum as more benefits are recognized. These include blocking grants to states, giving them wide leeway on spending the money, which would cut and reshape Medicaid.

Review: Glitzy iPhone X aside, the iPhone 8 is fine for most

Mark Lennihan
In this Sept. 15, 2017, photo, the iPhone 8 Plus rests on a wireless charger in New York. (AP Photo/Mark Lennihan)

With wireless charging, enhanced display, a new camera, and a glass back, the new iPhone 8 has plenty of bells and whistles. The iPhone X also features new goodies like animated emojis to match facial expressions and the ability to unlock the phone with facial recognition.

Hurricane Maria smashes Dominica, now menaces Puerto Rico

This Monday, Sept. 18, 2017, GOES East satellite image provided by NASA taken at 20:30 UTC, shows the eye of Hurricane Maria as it nears Dominica. The National Hurricane Center in Miami said Monday evening that Air Force Reserve hurricane hunter planes found that Maria had strengthened into a storm with 160 mph (260 kph) winds. (NASA via AP)

Hurricane Maria has collided with the Caribbean region. Having raged through Dominica, Hurricane Maria is now headed toward Puerto Rico. Both areas have already been struck hard by Hurricane Irma.

Man uses cat to catch a rat – doesn’t go according to plan

A pet owner tried to rope in his cat to catch a rat, but they both ended up terrified.

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