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WEATHER

*Isolated thunderstorms are possible today the high is 89


LOCAL

A busy stretch of Forest Park Parkway is shut down now and for the next six days while workers replace the pedestrian bridge over the Parkway between Skinker and Big Bend. 

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Toys R Us Is In Its Final Days - 

This is it. If you want to say goodbye to an iconic store and get some deals, head to Toys R Us.

These are the final days of Toys R Us and the chain is marking down prices even further. The company said on Facebook that discounts now range from 50-70 percent with what it calls limited exceptions.

The highest-demand items, like Nintendo and PlayStation video gaming systems, have been gone for weeks but Legos, board games, Barbie dolls, Star Wars Toys, Nerf guns, and other merchandise is available at really low prices for shoppers who move fast. Retail analysts say prices on most items at Toys R Us are lower than competitors like Amazon, Walmart, and Target. In some cases, they're even as low as Black Friday doorbuster deals.

Some locations are already shuttered, so get on this fast.

Source: USA Today



NATIONAL

*AT&T and Time Warner - A judge has approved their $85.4 billion merger with no conditions. It was expected that AT&T might have to sell CNN or some other asset in order to get the deal approved. Many analysts expected that the Department of Justice would file an appeal to prevent AT&T and Time Warner from closing the deal on Monday, the earliest it can close.

*Prescription Drugs - More than one-third of American adults may be using prescription medications that can potentially cause depression or increase the risk of suicide. Some hormonal birth control pills, heart and blood pressure medications, proton-pump inhibitors, antacids and painkillers were among the more than 200 commonly used prescription drugs that researchers said have depression or suicide listed as a potential side effect. The researchers, from the University of Illinois at Chicago, looked at how more than 26,000 people from 2005 to 2014 used medications.

*Electric car-maker Telsa has hit another bump in the road. On Tuesday, it announced plans to lay off about nine percent of its employees, which could add up to thousands of the company's approximately 40,000 employees.  The company's chief executive Elon Musk called the move a "restructuring" in a company-wide email. He added that the cuts would focus on Tesla's white-collar employees, not those working in the factory on the current crop of Model 3 vehicles. (The Washington Post)

*Colorado Fire - Several wildfires in Colorado have prompted thousands of home evacuations and the closing of a national forest, fire officials said. Nearly 1,400 homes have been evacuated in Summit County, Colorado, and over 1,000 other homes could be in danger as the Buffalo Mountain wildfire burns nearby, according to Summit Fire & EMS. 


SPORTS

*Soccer fans in North America have a good reason to cheer. The FIFA World Cup is coming in 2026.  FIFA accepted a joint bid by the U.S., Mexico and Canada to co-host the tournament. 60 of the games will be played in the U.S. while Canada and Mexico will get 10 each. The North American bid had been expected to beat out Morocco which finished second in the voting. Back in April, President Trump chimed in and tweeted a veiled threat to anyone thinking of voting against the united bid saying, "It would be a shame if countries that we always support were to lobby against the U.S. bid. Why should we be supporting these countries when they don’t support us (including at the United Nations)?"

The U.S. hasn't hosted World Cup games since 1994. (USA Today)


*The Padres beat the Cards 4-2, they play the Padres again today at 7:15pm

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