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Roy Moore is Alabama's Republican candidate for the U.S. Senate. The election is on Dec. 12. Photo: Butch Dill / AP

Alabama Senate candidate Roy Moore's campaign released statements from former waitresses at Olde Hickory House — the alleged site where one of the accusations of sexual assault against him took place — that refuted parts of accuser Beverly Young Nelson's story.

Yes, but: There are six other women who have come forward with allegations. Moore denies any sexual misconduct, but told Fox's Sean Hannity that he "dated a lot of young ladies."

The statements say Olde Hickory House had a policy of only hiring people 16 and older. Nelson said she was 15 when she waitressed at the restaurant and the alleged assault occurred. The former waitresses also say the dumpsters were located at the side of restaurant, and the area was well lit, while Nelson alleged that the assault took place next to dumpsters in the dark and isolated back lot of the restaurant. A former police officer, who says he frequented the restaurant, and a former waitress both say they do not remember seeing Moore at Olde Hickory House. Nelson said Moore often dined there.

On Wednesday, the Moore campaign attempted to discredit Nelson by saying the yearbook signature from Moore that she presented as evidence was fake.

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The U.S. Supreme Court ruled late Wednesday that restrictions previously imposed on New York places of worship by Gov. Andrew Cuomo (D) during the coronavirus pandemic violated the First Amendment.

Why it matters: The decision in a 5-4 vote heralds the first significant action by the new President Trump-appointed conservative Justice Amy Coney Barrett, who cast the deciding vote in favor of the Catholic Church and Orthodox Jewish synagogues.

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The acting administrator of the United States Agency for International Development informed senior staff Wednesday he has tested positive for coronavirus, two sources familiar with the call tell Axios.

Why it matters: John Barsa, who staffers say rarely wears a mask in their office, is the latest in a series of senior administration officials to contract the virus. His positive diagnosis comes amid broader turmoil at the agency following the election.

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Why it matters: Vaccines are, in the words of one expert, "the single most life-saving innovation ever," but progress had slowed in recent years. New gene-based technology that sped the arrival of the COVID vaccine will boost the overall field, and could even extend to mass killers like cancer.