Things you should know today: 3/15/18


Toys R Us is planning to liquidate its US operations

Julio Cortez
File- This Jan. 24, 2018, file photo shows a person walking near the entrance to a Toys R Us store, in Wayne, N.J. Toys R Us’s management has told its employees that it will sell or close all of its U.S. stores. That’s according to a toy industry analyst who spoke to several employees who were on the call Wednesday, March 14, 2018. Jim Silver, a toy industry expert, says Toys R Us’s CEO told employees the plan is to liquidate all of its U.S. stores and after that, it could do a deal with its Canadian operation to run some of its U.S. stores. The company declined to comment. (AP Photo/Julio Cortez, File)

Toys R Us plans to liquidate all operations after filing for Chapter 11 bankruptcy last fall. The company has some 30,000 employees in the U.S. and about 60,000 employees worldwide.

UN gets $100M in new funds for Palestinian aid after US cuts

UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres delivers his speech during an United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees in the Near East, UNRWA, conference, in Rome, Thursday, March 15, 2018. Guterres addressed an emergency funding conference in Rome after the U.S. administration this year slashed tens of millions to the U.N. Relief and Works Agency, prompting the greatest funding crisis in its 68-year history. (AP Photo/Andrew Medichini)

The UN has pledged $100 million for Palestine after the Trump administration cut funding in January. The UN relief agency for Palestinians is facing the worst funding crisis in its history.

Syria marks 7 years of war; thousands leave besieged enclave

This photo released by the Syrian official news agency SANA, shows Syrian civilians, who fled fighting between the Syrian government forces and rebels, at an army checkpoint, in eastern Ghouta, a suburb of Damascus, Syria, Tuesday March 13, 2018. The Syrian government and the Russian military have set up a corridor outside eastern Ghouta to arrange the evacuation from the area which is home to some 400,000 people. (SANA via AP)

Nearly 10,000 people left the opposition-held enclave of eastern Ghouta on Monday. The exodus marks seven years since the start of the Syrian civil war.

United to issue special pet carrier tags after dog’s death

Seth Wenig
FILE- In this March 15, 2017, photo, people stand in line at a United Airlines counter at LaGuardia Airport in New York. A dog died on a United Airlines plane after a flight attendant ordered its owner to put the animal in the plane’s overhead bin. United said Tuesday, March 13, 2018, that it took full responsibility for the incident on the Monday night flight from Houston to New York. (AP Photo/Seth Wenig, File)

United Airlines announced it will use special bag tags for animal carriers after a dog died in an overhead bin on a flight. There is an investigation underway to determine if the incident is deserving of criminal charges.

Artist draws a character a day to create an expanding art piece

Artist Tom Gran challenged himself to add one new character to his drawing each day in 2018. He’s been posting the drawing to Twitter every day and has 73 characters completed so far.

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