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Alan Dershowitz. Photo: John Lamparski/Getty Images

The decision to unseal a 2015 federal court case involving the alleged sex trafficking of underage girls by financier Jeffrey Epstein will be determined in court next Wednesday according to the Miami Herald, however, on Tuesday attorney Alan Dershowitz questioned the U.S. District Court Second Circuit of Appeals as to whether reporters should be barred from the proceeding.

Why it matters: Though the appeals court had not replied to Dershowitz's inquiry as of Friday, a closed-door hearing would follow suit in a string of missteps and secrecy surrounding Epstein's sex crimes and sweetheart deal. Dershowitz, who has represented Epstein and continues to advise him, has also been accused of sexual misconduct, though he denies the claims, according to the Herald.

Go deeper: Judge rules prosecutors broke federal law in Jeffrey Epstein case

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  1. Health: Hospital crisis deepens as holiday season nears.
  2. Vaccine: Moderna to file for FDA emergency use authorizationVaccinating rural America won't be easy — Being last in the vaccine queue is young people's next big COVID test.
  3. Politics: Bipartisan group of senators seeks stimulus dealChuck Grassley returns to Senate after recovering from COVID-19.
  4. States: Cuomo orders emergency hospital protocols as COVID capacity dwindles.
  5. Economy: Wall Street wonders how bad economy has to get for Congress to act.
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First blood test to help diagnose Alzheimer's goes public

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A non-COVID medical breakthrough: People over 60 now have access to a blood test for Alzheimer's disease.

Why it matters: The existing PET brain scan test costs some people about $5,000 and often isn't covered by insurance, AP reports.

Updated 2 hours ago - Politics & Policy

Wisconsin, Arizona certify Biden's victories

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Arizona and Wisconsin officials confirmed the presidential election results in their states, formalizing President-elect Joe Biden's victories in the key battlegrounds.

Why it matters: The moves deal yet another blow to President Trump's efforts to block or delay certification in key swing states that he lost.