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BRENTWOOD, Tenn. — Republican Sen. Marco Rubio says Democratic former Tennessee Gov. Phil Bredesen is "trying to pull a fast one" on voters by promising to be moderate if he's elected to the Senate. The senator from Florida made the comments to reporters Friday after attending a campaign event for Bredesen's opponent, Republican Congresswoman Marsha Blackburn, in Tennessee.


WASHINGTON — Florence's rain total will likely be staggeringly huge. Meteorologist Ryan Maue of calculates that Hurricane Florence is forecast to dump about 18 trillion gallons of rain over a week over the North Carolina, South Carolinas, Virginia, Georgia, Tennessee, Kentucky and Maryland.

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KNOXVILLE, Tenn. — A former Division III college football player convicted of killing his ex-girlfriend says he never intended to cause her any physical harm. William Riley Gaul spoke Friday at his sentencing hearing, four months after jurors found him guilty of first-degree murder.


NASHVILLE, Tenn. — "In Case You Didn't Know," a love ballad by country singer Brett Young, has been added to a lot of wedding playlists since it came out in 2017, but it has put Young in an awkward position for his own upcoming nuptials. Young, who is engaged to longtime girlfriend Taylor Mills, said he's already ruled out singing that song — or any other he's recorded — at his wedding.


For the first time in her career, Carrie Underwood took over co-producing duties on her new album, "Cry Pretty," and co-wrote nine of the 13 tracks. But does it make the collection more personal?

In Brief:

FATAL SHOOTING, from SPARTA, Tenn. — Authorities say a 14-year-old Tennessee boy has been arrested in the killing of a 47-year-old man.

TODDLER DEATH, from COLUMBIA, Tenn. —Police say they have charged a Tennessee man with killing a 2-year-old child.

ARMED ROBBERY-SCREAM MASKS, from NASHVILLE, Tenn. — Tennessee police say a woman was robbed at gunpoint by several people who sounded like teens and were wearing "Scream" masks.

COUNTRY MUSIC-SON-IN-LAW, from NASHVILLE, Tenn. — The son-in-law of country music star Alan Jackson and Nashville prosecutor has died in a fall in Florida.

VANDERBILT-SCHOLARSHIPS, from NASHVILLE, Tenn. — A $25 million donation will set up a scholarship program for military veterans to pursue graduate and professional degrees at Vanderbilt University.

DEATH ROW INMATES-LAWSUIT, from NASHVILLE, Tenn. — Attorneys for the state say Tennessee's Supreme Court shouldn't consider an expert's conclusions about "tortuous effects" of the latest execution in a challenge of the state's lethal injection protocol.


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