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Here's the biggest news you missed this weekend

US downs suspected Chinese spy balloon off South Carolina coast

Four days after entering U.S. territory, a suspected Chinese spy balloon was shot down off the South Carolina coast Saturday afternoon, Pentagon officials announced. The balloon, which carried a large payload of spy gear according to U.S. officials, had soared over several strategic sites, including nuclear missile silos, and became the latest flashpoint in tensions between Washington and Beijing. An F-22 warplane struck the balloon with a missile about 6 nautical miles off the coast in U.S. territorial waters, according to Pentagon officials. Recovery efforts immediately began. Chinese officials, who claim the balloon was collecting weather data and had been blown off course, said that the country has the right to "take further actions" against the U.S. for taking down the balloon.

In this photo provided by Chad Fish, the remnants of a large balloon drift above the Atlantic Ocean, just off the coast of South Carolina, with a fighter jet and its contrail seen below it, Saturday, Feb. 4, 2023. The downing of the suspected Chinese spy balloon by a missile from an F-22 fighter jet created a spectacle over one of the state’s tourism hubs and drew crowds reacting with a mixture of bewildered gazing, distress and cheering.

Beyoncé breaks Grammys all-time wins record

Beyoncé now is truly the queen – of the Grammys. By winning the best electronic/dance album Grammy midway through Sunday's telecast, the singer brought her 22-year total to 32, topping the 31 statues claimed by legendary Hungarian conductor Georg Solti and making her the all-time awards champ of the Recording Industry Association of America. Solti died in 1997. More history was made earlier in the evening when Sam Smith and Kim Petras won the award for best pop duo/group performance for their hit, "Unholy." With the win, Petras became the first transgender woman to win in the category. For more on Sunday's Grammys, see the latest winners and highlights here.

Beyoncé performs on stage at Dubai's new luxury hotel, Atlantis The Royal on January 21, 2023 in the United Arab Emirates. Beyoncé has nine nominations at Sunday's Grammy Awards, and is likely to become the most awarded artist in Grammy history.
Beyoncé performs on stage at Dubai's new luxury hotel, Atlantis The Royal on January 21, 2023 in the United Arab Emirates. Beyoncé has nine nominations at Sunday's Grammy Awards, and is likely to become the most awarded artist in Grammy history.

New Hampshire may have seen coldest recorded wind chill in US history

Bitter cold temperatures hit record-breaking lows in the Northeast over the weekend. The wind chill — what the temperature feels like — on the summit of Mount Washington, New Hampshire, dropped to minus 108 F on Friday. That's likely the lowest wind chill ever recorded in the United States since meteorologists began calculating them, said climate scientist Brian Brettschneider. The temperature on Mount Washington dropped as low as minus 46 degrees F on Friday night, with 97 mph winds, the National Weather Service said. The Arctic blast has been blamed for at least one death, when high winds brought down a tree branch that crushed a vehicle in Massachusetts and killed an infant riding inside. The region saw a dramatic warmup Sunday, however, with highs in the 30s and 40s.

The summit of New Hampshire's Mount Washington is seen on Monday, Jan. 30, 2023. The peak experienced a wind chill temperature of minus 108 F on Friday, possibly the lowest ever recorded in the United States.
The summit of New Hampshire's Mount Washington is seen on Monday, Jan. 30, 2023. The peak experienced a wind chill temperature of minus 108 F on Friday, possibly the lowest ever recorded in the United States.

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Ex-Pakistan President Musharraf, key supporter of US after 9/11, dies

Pervez Musharraf, the former president of Pakistan who provided crucial support to the U.S.-led "war on terror" following the 9/11 attacks, has died at 79, the Pakistan military announced Sunday. No cause of death was revealed, but Musharraf had been battling a rare disease and was being treated at a hospital in Dubai, Pakistani media reported. Musharraf seized power in 1999 from then-prime minister Nawaz Sharif in a bloodless coup, and served as president of the country until 2008. He was a close ally of the U.S. and President George W. Bush after the 9/11 attacks, but his partnership with Washington during its military intervention in neighboring Afghanistan drew mixed reviews at home.

Democrats shake up 2024 primary calendar

Democrats on Saturday approved a plan to reorder their 2024 presidential primary calendar in an effort to amplify diverse voices earlier in the presidential selection process. Overruling objections from two states that have traditionally held the first contests, Iowa and New Hampshire, the national party greenlit a schedule that moves South Carolina to the front of the line. The revamped calendar elevates Nevada to the second position alongside New Hampshire and welcomes Georgia and Michigan to the early primary window for the first time.

Vice President Kamala Harris and President Joe Biden hold hands at the Democratic National Committee 2023 Winter meeting in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, on Feb. 3, 2023. The DNC approved a new lineup for the party's presidential primaries at the meeting.
Vice President Kamala Harris and President Joe Biden hold hands at the Democratic National Committee 2023 Winter meeting in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, on Feb. 3, 2023. The DNC approved a new lineup for the party's presidential primaries at the meeting.

This article originally appeared on USA TODAY: Spy balloon shot down, Grammys, record cold temps: This weekend's news