Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Nation Digest

Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Nation Digest

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Florida mall reopens after fatal shooting

A shopping mall in central Florida reopened Sunday, a day after a shooting in its food court that left two people dead, including the gunman, and one injured.

Melbourne Square Mall reopened for normal business hours at noon.

Police said Jose Garcia-Rodriguez, 57, of Palm Bay shot his wife, Idanerys Garcia-Rodriguez, 33, and Leonardo Coppola before turning the gun on himself in the mall's food court shortly before the mall opened Saturday morning.

Idanerys Garcia-Rodriguez, who worked at the mall, survived and was hospitalized in good condition. Police said she was the intended victim in the shooting, which apparently stemmed from a domestic violence incident.

Coppola, 36, of West Melbourne, owned a restaurant in the food court. He was shot as he tried to move Idanerys Garcia-Rodriguez out of harm's way, police said Sunday.

Icy roads lead to 3 deaths in Philadelphia * A pair of multicar pileups including one involving dozens of vehicles in icy conditions on interstates in the Philadelphia area claimed at least three lives on Sunday as hundreds of crashes were reported across eastern Pennsylvania, authorities said.

A crash involving an estimated 30 to 50 vehicles on Interstate 76 early Sunday killed one person, state police said. The crash, blamed on "flash-freezing," prompted closure of the highway in both directions, although one lane was reopened in the afternoon.

Two other people were killed in a crash involving multiple vehicles on Interstate 476, police said.

Ford truck recall may be expanded * Federal regulators are investigating whether Ford Motor Co. should expand a 2013 safety recall of diesel trucks.

The previous recall involved 2,951 F-350, F-450 and F-550 trucks sold with ambulance packages. The trucks were equipped with 6.7- liter diesel engines that could stall because of a malfunctioning sensor. Ford replaced the sensors for free.

But since then, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration says it has received complaints from truck owners who didn't have the ambulance packages as well as owners who got the first repair. …

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