NFL, Graham-Cassidy, Alabama: Top 5 things that happened Monday

The Dallas Cowboys, led by owner Jerry Jones, center, take a knee prior to the national anthem prior to an NFL football game against the Arizona Cardinals, Monday, Sept. 25, 2017, in Glendale, Ariz. (AP Photo/Matt York)

Looking to get caught up on the news, fast? Here are the top five things that happened Monday, reported on by the local Sinclair stations you trust every day.

1. Controversy over NFL protests rages

After President Donald Trump spoke out against sideline-activism this weekend, over 200 NFL players participated in some display of protest during the national anthem on Sunday alone.

Ahead of Monday night's game against the Cardinals, Cowboys owner Jerry Jones linked arms with players and knelt in a display of team unity.

2. GOP health care bill suffers

Three Senate Republicans have now announced their intent to vote no on the GOP's latest health care bill, effectively smothering the proposal's chance of becoming law.

Sen. Susan Collins is the most recent to declare her opposition to the proposal, crafted by Sen. Lindsey Graham and Sen. Bill Cassidy.

3. Senatorial candidates compete in Alabama

Alabama Sen. Luther Strange and challenger Roy Moore made their final push to sway voters ahead of Tuesday's Republican runoff for the U.S. Senate.

Trump called an Alabama radio show Monday to urge support for Strange while Vice President Mike Pence campaigned for Strange in Birmingham; meanwhile, former White House Chief Strategist Steve Bannon spoke at a Moore rally near the coast.

4. North Korea interprets war declaration

The White House pushed back against claims by North Korea Monday, asserting President Donald Trump had not "declared war" on the nation.

North Korea's top diplomat says President Donald Trump's tweet that leader Kim Jong Un "won't be around much longer" was a declaration of war against his country, meriting the ability to shoot down warplanes in international airspace.

5. Maria leaves Puerto Rico dark

The death toll in Puerto Rico from Hurricane Maria has climbed to 16, the U.S. territory's governor said.

The storm approached the coast of the Carolinas Monday, heralding its arrival with wind, rain and rough waters.

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