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Maria, St. Louis, Toys R Us: 5 things that happened Monday

Toy retailer Toys R Us could file for bankruptcy as soon as this week, according to reports by The Wall Street Journal and CNBC. (MGN Online)

Looking to get caught up on the news -- fast? Here are five things that happened Monday:

1. Hurricane Maria amasses Category 5 strength

Hurricane Maria intensified into a potentially catastrophic Category 5 storm Monday as it surged toward islands in the Caribbean.

Forecasters say the storm looks poised to follow a similar path to Hurricane Irma.

2. St. Louis endures Day 4 of protests

Demonstrators swarmed St. Louis Monday after three days of peaceful protests and three nights of vandalism and unrest.

Police have arrested over 120 people since Friday, when a judge announced he found white former police officer Jason Stockley not guilty in the 2011 death of black suspect Anthony Lamar Smith.

3. Toys R Us eyes bankruptcy

Toy retailer Toys R Us could file for bankruptcy as soon as this week, according to reports by The Wall Street Journal and CNBC.

The move may be the chain's last resort in recovering from $5 billion of debt -- the result of a 2005 leveraged buyout.

4. NFL season gets underway

As the second week of the NFL season draws to a close, viewership has dropped significantly.

Experts say the decline may be due to Hurricanes Harvey and Irma, the sport's negative medical repercussions and political stances taken by players.

5. Mourning grandpa pays for stranger's toys

A grandpa whose 2-year-old grandson passed away last week gave a stranger in Target $20 to buy her own toddler toys.

In a Facebook post about the incident, the mother wrote: "There is still some good left in the world."


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