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Feds might not pay state for G-8 security

FREDERICK, Md. (AP) -- Maryland police agencies say they may not be reimbursed for costs associated with this week's summit of the Group of Eight leading industrialized nations at Camp David.

The Frederick News-Post reported that federal officials haven't designated the summit a special national security event. Frederick County Sheriff Chuck Jenkins said such a designation would have triggered funding for local agencies. He said he is hoping Maryland's congressional delegation will help obtain the designation and funding.

Jenkins is asking the Maryland National Guard to be on standby in case protests become overwhelming. He said information on how many protesters to expect is still sketchy.


Octogenarians prove old flame burns bright

DYERSBURG, Tenn. (AP) -- Two residents of a Tennessee assisted-living center plan to marry today, more than 60 years after they first met.

The State Gazette reported that Peggy Schuster and the Rev. Henry Freund were college sweethearts in the early 1950s.

Freund said the couple often sat together in class at Rhodes College in Memphis and frequently dated. But they eventually went their separate ways and married other people.

While attending a church meeting in Memphis in 2001, Freund learned that Schuster had been widowed.

Freund, who had lost his wife, wrote his college sweetheart to offer sympathy. A decade later, Schuster gave Freund her email address and the couple, both in their 80s, began corresponding.

Freund said a spark that had survived for more than 60 years "burst into flames."


Book being mistaken for erotic best-seller

PARKLAND, Fla. (AP) -- The author of a book called "Shades of Gray" said her work is being confused with that of a chart-topping erotic fiction writer.

Susanne Jacoby Hale, an author based in Florida, said she has received emails, Facebook messages and phone calls from people thinking she wrote "Fifty Shades of Grey."

"Fifty Shades of Grey," by British author E L James, has sold millions of copies and become a sensation among women drawn to the sadomasochistic romance between a college student and a wealthy entrepreneur.

Hale's book is about a dropout prevention teacher.


Man dies after officer shoots him with Taser

BALDWIN, La. (AP) -- Louisiana State Police were investigating the death of a 33-year-old man who was shot with a stun gun by a city police officer after reportedly escaping custody.

State police spokesman Stephen Hammons said the victim's identity was being withheld.

Hammons said Police Chief Gerald Minor asked state police to step in Friday morning, hours after the man was arrested on unspecified outstanding warrants.

The Advocate reported that the man escaped and was shot by an officer equipped with a Taser stun gun, which fires prongs that deliver an electrical charge, immobilizing a person.

Hammons said officers called emergency personnel. The man was transported to Franklin Foundation Hospital before being transferred to Lafayette General Medical Center, where he was pronounced dead.