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BETHESDA, Md. (AP) Authorities say A family spokeswoman say former Peace Corps director and one-time vice-presidential nominee R. Sargent Shriver is in critical condition at Suburban Hopsital in Bethesda. Shriver the father of former NBC reporter Maria Shriver is 95 and announced in 2003 that he had Alzheimer's disease.

BALTIMORE (AP) Fans of American writer Edgar Allan Poe are heading to Baltimore again this year to see if they can catch a glimpse of the shadowy figure known who long has left roses and cognac at Poe's grave on the anniversary of his birth. The myster man failed to make his annual visit in 2010, deepening the mystery further.

OWINGS MILLS, Md. (AP) Ravens offensive coordinator Cam Cameron is being retained by coach John Harbaugh even though the Ravens scored just three points in the second half of Saturday's 31-24 defeat at Pittsburgh. Harbaugh is now in line for a contract extension after taking Baltimore to the playoffs for a third straight year.

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