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MICHIGAN: 7 dead in shooting rampage

A gunman opened fire in two homes Thursday, killing seven people, including a child, then leading police on a high-speed chase through downtown Grand Rapids before taking two hostages in another home, authorities said. Police said officers were communicating with the suspect, Rodrick Shonte Dantzler, 34, and neither hostage was believed injured. Later, one hostage, a 53-year-old female, was released unharmed. Four people were found dead in one home and three more in another house across town. Any motive or Dantzler's relationship to any of the victims was unknown.

CALIFORNIA: Memoir by 18-year abductee

In an often wrenching memoir, Jaycee Dugard recounts in unsparing detail the rapes, isolation and heartbreak she endured during 18 years as a kidnap victim twice impregnated by her captor. The Associated Press purchased a copy Thursday of "A Stolen Life," her memoir scheduled to go on sale next week. Dugard, now 31, was kidnapped in South Lake Tahoe in 1991, when she was 11, and held captive for 18 years by Phillip and Nancy Garrido. She gave birth to two daughters by Phillip Garrido. They received lengthy prison sentences earlier this year: 431 years to life for Phillip Garrido and 36 years to life for his wife. Dugard writes that she decided to publish the memoir in the hope of inspiring people to speak out when they see something amiss around them and to show they "can endure tough situations and survive."

WASHINGTON: Paid abortions in D.C.

For decades Congress has used its power over the District of Columbia to ban the city from paying for abortions for poor women, but during a two-year period when lawmakers reversed course at least 300 women got city-funded procedures, according to data obtained by The Associated Press. That period when the city was free to pay for abortions ended earlier this year. The city now says that during that time it spent about $185,000 providing elective abortions for poor women who receive health care through government programs.

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