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    John Erick Dowdle and Drew Dowdle, the brothers who created the six-part miniseries “Waco” that debuts Wednesday night on the Paramount Network, confess they were asked to name their series on the 1993 Branch Davidian raid, siege and fire anything but “Waco.”

    Joe Edwards, who chronicled Tennessee news for more than 40 years as a newsman for The Associated Press and helped “Rocky Top” become a state song, has died. He was 75. Edwards' longtime AP colleague, Paul Randall Dickerson, said Edwards’ wife called him on Friday to share the news. Edwards wrote about country music, sports and a variety of other topics during his AP career, which was spent entirely in Nashville. He worked most of the jobs in the Nashville bureau, including sports editor, broadcast editor and day and night supervisor.

    A husband-wife militant duo will spend about a decade in prison after each of them pleaded guilty to trying to provide material support to a terrorist organization. James Bradley was sentenced Thursday to 11 years in prison. His wife Arwa Muthana was sentenced Friday to nine years in prison. The sentencings in Manhattan federal court occurred after they pleaded guilty in September, admitting that they are Islamic State group supporters who tried to go to the Middle East to fight for the organization. Prosecutors say Bradley had expressed interest in conducting a terror attack against the U.S. Military Academy at West Point.

    A newly released audio recording offers a behind-the-scenes look at how former President Donald Trump’s campaign team in a pivotal battleground state knew they had been outflanked by Democrats in the 2020 presidential election. But even as they acknowledged defeat, they pivoted to allegations of widespread fraud that were ultimately debunked — repeatedly — by elections officials and the courts. The audio from Nov. 5, 2020, two days after the election, is surfacing as Trump again seeks the White House while continuing to lie about the legitimacy of the outcome and Democrat Joe Biden’s win.

    The Chinese balloon drifting high above the U.S. and first revealed over Montana has created a buzz down below among residents — and raised a chorus of alarm from elected officials. The high altitude balloon roiled diplomatic tensions as it continued to move over the central U.S. Friday and Secretary of State Anthony Blinken abruptly canceled an upcoming trip to China. Montana is home to Malmstrom Air Force Base and dozens of nuclear missile silos, causing doubt over Beijing’s claim that it was a weather balloon gone off course. The governor and members of Congress pressed the Biden administration over why the military didn’t immediately bring it down from the sky.


    The Waco area’s largest school systems continued with plans for delayed openings Thursday morning as patches of ice remained on roads and electrical system crews attempted to restore power to 2,302 customers in McLennan County.

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