Hurricane Maria, St. Louis, Sean Spicer: Your Monday Evening Briefing

Some U.S. governors are also in New York this week, to speak directly with U.N. and world leaders about climate change. Above, a coal-fired plant in Georgia.

Our reporter set out to answer the question on many minds: Is climate change responsible for the extreme weather we’ve been seeing? (An example from her findings: Climate change doesn’t cause hurricanes, but it can make them stronger.)

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3. Speaking of hurricanes, one is headed toward some of the same Caribbean islands just devastated by Irma. “I don’t think that anybody is emotionally prepared for it,” one resident said. “But we’ll do our best.”

Maria could be a major hurricane by midweek, when it will approach Puerto Rico and the U.S. and British Virgin Islands.

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4. St. Louis entered its fourth day of street protests following the acquittal of a white former police officer who in 2011 shot and killed an African-American man.

Eighty people were arrested on Sunday after some protesters damaged property downtown.

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5. Bill and Melinda Gates are pushing world leaders at the General Assembly to increase efforts on global health with a report card on 18 indicators, including infant mortality, AIDS, vaccine use and smoking rates.

And we created a tournament to judge which of these nations has the best health system: Canada, Britain, Singapore, Germany, Switzerland, France, Australia and the U.S.

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6. A last-ditch push to dismantle the Affordable Care Act could be nearing a showdown vote in the Senate.

The senators leading the latest repeal effort, Lindsey Graham, above right, and Bill Cassidy, say their drive is gaining momentum. Any action would have to take place by the end of next week because of procedural rules.

Separately, a joint Times/ProPublica investigation found insurers may be contributing to the opioid crisis by favoring cheap narcotics over safer, but more expensive, alternatives.

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