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News Minute: Here is the latest Alabama news from The Associated Press at 5:40 p.m. CST

MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) - The Alabama Democrat who was disparaged by President Donald Trump as "soft on crime" is a former U.S. attorney who prosecuted church bombers and domestic terrorist Eric Rudolph. Senate candidate Doug Jones is best known for leading the prosecution of two Ku Klux Klansmen who bombed Birmingham's 16th Street Baptist Church in Birmingham in 1963, killing four girls. He also coordinated the task force that led to Eric Rudolph's indictment for the 1998 bombing of a Birmingham abortion clinic.

WASHINGTON (AP) - The Democrats have been speaking out against Roy Moore, the Republican Alabama Senate candidate who's accused of initiating sexual contact with a 14-year-old when he was in his 30s. But they've got problems, too. Sexual misconduct allegations against Sen. Al Franken of Minnesota and Rep. John Conyers of Michigan are putting them in an awkward place. The Democrats have their own fraught history, including the way they circled the wagons around Bill Clinton.

WASHINGTON (AP) - The Democrat in Alabama's Senate race is spotlighting Republican Roy Moore's accusers in a new ad. The ad, run by Doug Jones' campaign, shows the photographs of the women who have accused Moore of sexually assaulting or molesting them, or pursuing romantic relationships with them when they were teens while he was in his 30s. Moore has denied the accusations.

MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) - Republican Roy Moore's campaign is lashing out again at the news media and accusations of sexual misconduct, but refusing to answer reporters' questions. In a Tuesday news conference, campaign strategist Dean Young and two other longtime associates of the Alabama GOP Senate nominee insisted allegations against Moore are false.

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