DOUGLASVILLE, Ga. (AP) — Police have identified the man they say shot six people yesterday, four of them fatally, in a quiet, suburban neighborhood outside Atlanta. The Douglas County Sheriff's Office says Cedric G. Prather died of a self-inflicted gunshot wound after killing his ex-wife, another adult and two children. Two other children are in critical condition at an Atlanta area hospital.
MONROEVILLE, Pa. (AP) — Pennsylvania authorities say they plan to charge a 17-year-old as an adult in the wounding of three people at a Pittsburgh-area mall. Police say Tarod Thornhill opened fire in a Macy's store at the Monroeville Mall last evening, shooting his intended target and two bystanders. He was arrested early today after police say they identified him by matching surveillance video with images on social media.
WASHINGTON (AP) — Americans' views of President Barack Obama have improved slightly in the past two months, according to an Associated Press-GfK poll. Forty-seven percent of those surveyed said they approve of how Obama is doing his job, compared with 41 percent in December. Approval of the way Obama is handling the economy improved from 41 percent to 45 percent, and 51 percent now approve of his handling of unemployment, compared with 44 percent before.
PHILADELPHIA (AP) — The potential $1 billion settlement of NFL concussion claims appears close to winning final approval. A federal judge in Philadelphia has asked for only a few tweaks from the two sides. The settlement would resolve thousands of lawsuits that accuse the NFL of hiding what it knew about the link between concussions and long-term brain injury. Lead lawyers say the deal gets money to ex-players struggling with dementia and other health problems. Critics say it doesn't do enough to help men battling depression and mood disorders.
CHAPEL HILL, N.C. (AP) — Duke basketball coach Mike Krzyzewski (shuh-SHEF'-skee) says the sport of basketball has "lost one of its true pillars" with the death of Dean Smith. The Hall of Fame innovator who won two national championships at North Carolina along with an Olympic gold medal died last night at age 83. Krzyzewski, who coached against Smith at rival Duke and ultimately surpassed his career wins record, says "We have lost a man who cannot be replaced."