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Silent women protest anti-abortion bills

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) -- Hundreds of women locked arms and stood mute outside the Virginia State Capitol Monday to protest anti-abortion legislation moving through the 2012 General Assembly.

Capitol and state police officers, there to ensure order, estimated the crowd at more than 1,000 people -- mostly women.

The crowd formed a cordon through which legislators walked before Monday's meeting of the Republican-controlled legislature.

The group was protesting bills that would cut off state aid to poor women seeking abortions, define embryos as humans and criminalize their destruction, and require "transvaginal" ultrasounds of women seeking abortions.

In the procedure, a wand-like device is inserted and used to send out sound waves.

None of the protesters carried posters. Few spoke. Richmond resident Molly Vick wore a shirt that read, "Say no to state mandated rape."

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Gunmen fire on house, killing baby boy

DETROIT (AP) -- Attackers peppered a house on Detroit's west side with gunshots early Monday, killing a 9-month-old boy, police said.

The baby was in the living room, and other children and adults were at home when the shooting happened around 4:30 a.m., Sgt. Eren Stephens told reporters. The boy was pronounced dead at a hospital.

Neighbors said they heard rapid gunfire. The assailants drove off after the attack, Stephens said. No arrests have been made.