North Korea, N.F.L., Puerto Rico: Your Monday Evening Briefing


Hurricane Maria wiped out vast swaths of plantain, banana and coffee crops, above. Here’s how to help.

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3. The Supreme Court canceled a hearing on President Trump’s last travel ban in light of the new one announced Sunday night. The justices asked lawyers to advise whether the questions on the earlier order were now moot.

And rights advocates immediately challenged the new ban, which is set to go into effect Oct. 18. Again citing national security, it indefinitely bars most citizens of Iran, Libya, Syria, Yemen, Somalia, Chad and North Korea. Iraqis and some groups in Venezuela will also face new scrutiny.

“President Trump’s original sin of targeting Muslims cannot be cured by throwing other countries onto his enemies list,” said the executive director of the American Civil Liberties Union.

A revised refugee admission policy is expected within days. Above, the arrivals terminal at Kennedy Airport.

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4. After President Trump fueled a wave of football protests, we chronicled what every N.F.L. team did during the national anthem on Sunday, and collected the best writing from the right and left. Above, the Colts.

On our podcast “The Daily,” our sports columnist explained how the president has forced athletes to become more political than ever. We also took a look at the long history of protests by black athletes — and how often their actions angered mostly white fans and officials.

Tonight, the Cowboys play the Cardinals (8:30 p.m. Eastern, ESPN).

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5. Senator Susan Collins of Maine said that she would oppose the latest plan to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act, leaving Republican leaders clearly short of the votes they need for passage.

The announcement was a significant and possibly fatal blow to the party’s seven-year quest to dismantle the health law. Above, protesters disrupted a committee hearing about the bill.

And in news about former denizens of Capitol Hill, Anthony Weiner, the disgraced former New York congressman, was sentenced to 21 months in prison for exchanging lewd texts with a 15-year-old girl.

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6. Republicans in Alabama go to the polls tomorrow in a primary race for the Senate seat vacated by Jeff Sessions when he became attorney general.

The contest is between Senator Luther Strange, above right, who was appointed to fill the seat until the election, and the ultraconservative judge Roy Moore, above left. Mr. Strange is backed by President Trump and allies of the Senate majority leader, Mitch McConnell.

But Steve Bannon is backing Mr. Moore, setting up a heated battle of wills.

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7. In Iraq, results are expected within a day or two for the Kurds’ referendum on independence, above.

The expected strong “yes” vote won’t lead to independence anytime soon, but could provide Kurdish leaders leverage for the future. The cost could be high: Turkey and Iran have threatened to close borders and impose sanctions, and Iraq considers the vote illegal.

We also have the latest on the fallout from Germany’s elections. Here’s the story behind Alternative for Germany, the far-right party that made big gains.

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8. Cities around the country are scrambling to woo Amazon, which is on the hunt for a second headquarters somewhere in North America.

In Tucson, they tried to mail the company’s founder, Jeff Bezos, a 21-foot cactus. Philadelphia said it would consider changing its tax code. Canada is highlighting its more liberal immigration policy as a boon to a business that needs lots of engineers. Above, its existing headquarters in Seattle.

“It’s like ‘The Amazing Race,’” said Jim Watson, the mayor of Ottawa. “You’ve got this cast of characters running toward the Holy Grail.” Applications are due Oct. 19.

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9. Some good news: Infant and maternal tetanus was officially eliminated from the Americas this year.

At one time, the infection killed about 10,000 newborns a year in the Western Hemisphere. It still kills about 35,000 infants around the world annually. Above, a vaccination program in Haiti.

Health officials announced the milestone at the United Nations. They also reported significant advances against malaria and H.I.V.

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10. Finally, scientists in Costa Rica are in a race to save the world’s favorite treat.

We visited the International Cacao Collection, which breeds an astonishing diversity of cacao trees. (Cacao, of course, is used to make chocolate.)

Costa Rica’s genetically narrow crop was decimated in the late ’70s by a fungus called monilia, or frosty pod rot — and diversity offers a way to avoid a repeat.

Have a great night.

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