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News Minute: Here is the latest Alabama news from The Associated Press at 8:40 a.m. CST

WASHINGTON (AP) - National Republicans are breathing a collective sigh of relief following Roy Moore's loss to Doug Jones in the Alabama Senate race. President Donald Trump, who came to Moore's side late in the campaign, acknowledges the loss is a setback, saying he wanted Moore to win. But the divisive race for the seat once held by Jeff Sessions leaves cracks in the GOP going forward. Its Senate majority has shrunk to a perilously thin margin, and ideological differences linger.

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (AP) - Roy Moore has now lost more statewide races than he's won in Alabama, including a Senate contest that seemed within reach. So will the Republican former judge now abandon politics and ride off into the sunset? Probably not. Instead, he's discussing a possible recount - a longshot at best - and depicting himself as a victim of false child molestation allegations.

MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) - An execution date has been set for a terminally ill inmate in Alabama. Al.com reports the Alabama Supreme Court on Wednesday set the date for 60-year-old Doyle Lee Hamm, who has spent 30 years on the state's Death Row. The order says Hamm is scheduled to die on Feb. 22.

MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) - Alabama Republican Roy Moore says he is waiting for the "final count" in the Alabama race for U.S. Senate. Moore in a Wednesday video released by his campaign, said it was a close race and that some military and provisional ballots had yet to be counted.

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