October 14th, 2011
02:05 AM ET

Police to release more information on California salon shooting

Authorities are expected to offer more details Friday about a deadly shooting at a Southern California hair salon that left eight people dead.

Many questions remain unanswered in the Wednesday incident at Salon Meritage in Seal Beach, with CNN affiliates reporting that a custody battle may have been the motive.

"We are a close-knit community and have never experienced a devastating incident such as this," said Seal Beach Mayor Pro Tem Gary Miller on Thursday.

The city held a candelight vigil Thursday night to remember the victims.

"It has literally touched every person in our town," City Manager Jill Ingram said.

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October 14th, 2011
12:30 AM ET

Van rams into trailer, killing 5 children and their foster father

Five children under 17 and their foster father were killed when their van slammed into the back of a stationary tractor trailer in eastern Colorado

The foster father - Howard Mitchell, 57 - was driving the children to school when the van crashed Thursday south of Kit Carson, Colorado, CNN affiliate KMGH reported.

The Dodge with 12 occupants was in a construction zone with reduced speed limits when it rammed into the back of a stationary empty cattle trailer, the Colorado State Patrol said.

Six other children were taken to area hospitals, including a 14-year-old who was the only one wearing a seat belt, authorities said.

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October 14th, 2011
12:23 AM ET

Charlie Daniels Band keyboardist dies in crash

Joel "Taz" DiGregorio, keyboardist and original member of The Charlie Daniels Band, died Wednesday night from injuries he suffered in a single car wreck in Cheatham County, Tennessee.

He was 67.

"I am in shock now, Taz was one of my best friends," Charlie Daniels said in a statement. "The CDB family has lost a great friend and musician."

DiGregorio was a member of the band for more than 40 years and co-wrote their signature song,"The Devil Went Down to Georgi

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