10 things you need to know today: December 11, 2017

Republican senator says he voted against Roy Moore, Nobel laureate warns the world is one "tantrum" away from nuclear war, and more

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1. GOP Alabama Sen. Richard Shelby says he voted against Roy Moore

Sen. Richard Shelby (R-Ala.) said Sunday that he could not bring himself to vote for the GOP candidate, Roy Moore, in Alabama's Tuesday special election because of allegations Moore propositioned or molested several women when they were teenagers as young as 14 and he was a prosecutor in his 30s. Shelby, speaking on CNN's State of the Union, said he did not back Moore's Democratic opponent, Doug Jones, but had cast a write-in vote for a "distinguished Republican." "When it got to the 14-year-old's story, that was enough for me," Shelby said. His statement ran counter to the positions of President Trump, who has made a last-minute push to support Moore, and party leaders. Moore denied the allegations, calling them "ritual defamation." The election, pitting Moore against Jones, takes place Tuesday.

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