Congress will receive classified briefings today on the Chinese spy balloon that was shot down off the coast of South Carolina. An F-22 U.S. military jet shot down the balloon on Saturday using a Sidewinder missile. Lawmakers will be briefed by officials from the State Department, the Department of Defense, and the Director of National Intelligence.        The death toll from Monday's magnitude 7.8 quake in Turkey and Syria is now over 17-thousand. Hopes are fading that survivors will be found following the devastating quake and scores of aftershocks. Many people on both sides of the border spent another freezing night sleeping outdoors or in cars.        Senator John Fetterman is in the hospital after complaining of feeling lightheaded. A spokesman for the Pennsylvania Democrat says the 53-year-old Fetterman was hospitalized Wednesday night, and that initial tests did not show evidence of a new stroke.        International carriers dominate the 2023 Safest Airlines Rankings. Australia's Qantas [[ kwahn-tuss ]] tops the list compiled by Alaska Airlines is the highest-ranked U.S. carrier at number-eight.        New Zealand is taking more than three tons of cocaine out of circulation. New Zealand's Police Commissioner announced on Wednesday that the country's police, customs service, and defense force recovered three-and-a-half tons of cocaine floating in a remote area of the Pacific Ocean. New Zealand said the drugs were headed to Australia.        Comedian Henry Cho is set to make history at the Grand Ole Opry this weekend. When the veteran entertainer is inducted into the Opry on Saturday, he'll be the first comic to join the stable of artists and musicians in five decades. The last comedian inducted into the Opry was Jerry Clower in 1973.