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ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) - Vice President Joe Biden is urging students at the U.S. Naval Academy to be leaders in the fight against sexual assault.

Biden spokes Monday as he begins a week of appearance to discuss the problem on college campuses. Biden says midshipmen who will become officers are positioned to be leaders in confronting the issue.

Midshipman Shaquil Keels has been chosen to be on a national student panel for the "It's On Us" campaign, a White House initiative. Biden says the academy is stepping up by embracing the program.

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WASHINGTON (AP) - Sen. Tom Carper of Delaware has endorsed Hillary Rodham Clinton's bid for the Democratic presidential nomination.

Carper said in a statement that he called Clinton on Monday to wish her a happy birthday and give her his endorsement. Clinton turned 68 on Monday.

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With the announcement that Vice President Joe Biden will not make a bid for the White House there was some sadness in Delaware – a state he represented for decades as Senator.

Governor Jack Markell issued a statement saying that he respects Biden’s decision, who he had previously said he would back against former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton in the Democratic primary.

The governor praised the Vice President for his dedication to the middle class and his leadership in promoting U.S. interests around the world.

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Vice President Joe Biden made a surprise visit to the Sussex County Democrats’ Jamboree in Lewes this weekend.

Climbing on top of a picnic table he thanked his supporters and those of his son Beau who recently died of brain cancer.

His son had been a regular at the event first attending as a child.

The Wilmington News Journal reports that Biden showed up at the Cape Henlopen State Park where he shook hands of around 300 people.

Biden’s appearance was a surprise and not listed on his public schedule.

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Governor Jack Markell put his signature on a measure called the Joseph R. “Beau” Biden III Child Protection Act.

It would beef up background checks for private schools and summer camps.

The requirements would use finger prints for a national criminal background check.

The Wilmington News Journal reports that it would ban those with a criminal conviction for a felony sexual assault or a misdemeanor crime involving a child from such employment.

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WASHINGTON (AP) - One of Vice President Joe Biden's most vocal supporters is joining the super PAC working to draft him into the 2016 presidential race.

Dick Harpootlian is the former chairman of the South Carolina Democratic Party. He tells The Associated Press that he's donating $10,000 of his personal funds to the group Draft Biden and is ready to donate another $10,000 if asked.

Harpootlian says he's also formally endorsing Draft Biden and will start fundraising for the super PAC immediately.

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Josh Alcorn worked as a political and finance director for Beau Biden.

He now joins the Draft Biden movement which is pushing for the Vice President to run for president.

Alcorn had been involved in developing Beau Biden’s bid for governor of Delaware before the Vice President’s son’s death.

The Wilmington News Journal reports that Will Pierce, executive director of Draft Biden 2016, issued a statement saying that he was thrilled with Alcorn’s arrival to the Super PAC.

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WILMINGTON, Del. (AP) - Money remaining in Beau Biden's political accounts will help fund the new Beau Biden Foundation for the Protection of Children.

The Wilmington News Journal reports the charity, which will continue Beau Biden's work to protect children from abuse, has collected more than $250,000 in donations in its first week. Biden's political committees, Beau PAC and Biden for Delaware, reported balances of about $660,000 as of December 31.

DOVER, Del. (AP) - Vice President Joe Biden and his family are welcoming Delaware residents to Legislative Hall to pay their respects to former Attorney General Beau Biden.

Beau Biden, the vice president's eldest son, died of brain cancer Saturday at age 46. He'll lie in honor Thursday in the state Senate chamber, following a processional from Wilmington to Dover.

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President Obama will give a eulogy for Beau Biden this Saturday at the St. Anthony of Padua Roman Catholic Church in Wilmington.

There will be a public viewing for the Vice President’s son at Legislative Hall today giving the public a chance to pay their respects.

Tomorrow there will be another chance for the public at the church between 1 p.m. and 4 p.m. in the afternoon and again from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. in the evening.

Beau’s widow Hallie is asking that people to give to the new Beau Biden Foundation for the Protection of Children instead of sending flowers.

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This Saturday funeral services will be held for Beau Biden who died over the weekend.

They will be held at the Saint Anthony of Padua Church in Wilmington.

Meanwhile, a new charity will be established in his honor.

It will be called the Beau Biden Foundation for the Protection of Children.

Hallie Biden and the Delaware Community Foundation say this will continue the work that he passionately carried out as Delaware’s Attorney General.

WBOC reports that organizers say the new foundation will be out front in defending and protecting the innocent.

PIKESVILLE, Md. (AP) - Vice President Joe Biden says $41 million in federal funds approved by Congress will help clear rape kit backlogs across the country and solve crimes.

Along with Sen. Barbara Mikulski, Biden toured a Maryland State Police forensic laboratory in Pikesville on Monday and addressed the importance of clearing the backlog of an estimated 400,000 rape kits that remain untested throughout the U.S.

Biden said the federal funding will help local and state law enforcement agencies test the kits and train personnel.

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PIKESVILLE, Md. (AP) - Vice President Joe Biden will join Senator Barbara Mikulski in Pikesville to highlight funding directed toward clearing a backlog of hundreds of thousands of untested rape kits.

Biden and Mikulski will meet at the Maryland State Police Forensic Science Laboratory Monday and discuss a $41 million fund earmarked in the federal spending budget for reducing rape kit backlogs.

The funding will go toward testing current kits, avoiding future backlogs and providing training and personnel.

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DOVER, Del. (AP) - Gov. Jack Markell is representing Delaware at a national conference focused on creating more job and career opportunities for young people.

Markell is among the scheduled speakers for Thursday at the 2015 National Opportunity Summit in Washington where Vice President Joe Biden also is scheduled to speak.

The event is hosted by Opportunity Nation, a bipartisan, national coalition of more than 300 businesses, nonprofits groups, educational institutions and community leaders working to expand economic opportunity.

WASHINGTON (AP) - Vice President Joe Biden says he's not worried about gunshots being fired outside his Delaware home over the weekend.

Biden tells "CBS This Morning" Wednesday his house is way off the road, and that there was no evidence that someone shot at the house.

Law enforcement authorities boosted security at Biden's Wilmington home after several gunshots rang out from a vehicle speeding by the property Saturday night.

The vice president and his wife were not home at the time and there were no reports of injuries.

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A Hockessin man who was arrested after gunshots were fired at Vice President Joe Biden’s home in Delaware says he was accosted by police.

The Wilmington News Journal reports that 57-year old Rock Peters has not been charged in connection with the shooting.

He does face reckless endangering and resisting arrest after fleeing a police officer.

But Peters told the newspaper that the police were not telling the truth.

He says he was beaten by police and left with a swollen nose, rib injuries, multiple face abrasions and a black eye.

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WILMINGTON, Del. (AP) - Vice President Joe Biden says minority communities around the country need to work to bridge the separation between police and the residents they serve.

Speaking Monday at a breakfast honoring slain civil rights activist Martin Luther King Jr., Biden said communities and police departments need to build relationships of trust.

"There's no reason on earth we cannot repair the breach that we've recently seen between law enforcement and minority communities," he said.

WILMINGTON, Del. (AP) - Law enforcement officials have boosted security at the Delaware home of Vice President Joe Biden after several gunshots rang out from a vehicle speeding by the property over the weekend.

Authorities said Sunday that the vice president and his wife weren't at their Wilmington home Saturday night when the shots were fired and there were no reports of injuries.

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NEW CASTLE, Del. (AP) - The Delaware National Guard says it has increased security at an air base after its staff reported what might be suspicious activity nearby.
The guard said in a news release Wednesday that the activity was reported recently at the New Castle Air National Guard Base.
It says no specific threat has been identified. The guard says its measures to increase security are "simply a matter of procedure and increased vigilance."

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WILMINGTON, Del. (AP) - Delaware's former attorney general, Beau Biden, is joining the law firm of Grant and Eisenhofer.

The firm announced Monday that Biden has joined the firm.

The firm's office in Wilmington is headed by Stuart Grant, who served as Biden's finance chair during previous political campaigns.

Biden, whose father is Vice President Joe Biden, served as Delaware's 44th attorney general in 2006. The Democrat announced last year he would not seek re-election to a third term. Lt. Gov. Matt Denn won election to the seat in November.


WASHINGTON (AP) - Two people familiar with the discharge of Vice President Joe Biden's youngest son from the Navy say he tested positive for cocaine.

In a statement released by his attorney, Hunter Biden doesn't refer to the reason he received an administrative discharge from the Navy earlier this year.

He says he respects the Navy's decision and is moving forward with his family's support.

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If Attorney General Beau Biden wants to run again in the First State the public opinion polls are looking good for him.

A new University of Delaware survey found that 60 percent of Delawareans viewed his second term as Attorney General favorably.

Only 24 percent did not.

The poll was taken in mid-September.

In April the Vice President’s son decided not to seek a third term.

His father Joe Biden also has good numbers among Delawareans with 64 percent viewing him favorably to 30 percent unfavorably.

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BALTIMORE (AP) - Vice President Joe Biden is scheduled to attend the Star-Spangled Spectacular in Baltimore.

The National Park Service says the vice president is scheduled to attend the event on Saturday. It is being held at the Fort McHenry National Monument to observe the bicentennial of the writing of The Star-Spangled Banner.

Maryland Gov. Martin O'Malley also is scheduled to attend, along local and federal officials.

California Rep. Nancy Pelosi is scheduled to be at the event, as well as Maryland Sens. Barbara Mikulski and Ben Cardin.

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WASHINGTON (AP) - Maryland Democratic gubernatorial nominee Anthony Brown is getting some fundraising help from Vice President Joe Biden.

Brown's campaign manager Justin Schall tells The Washington Post that Biden's appearance at a luncheon Tuesday in Georgetown should raise at least $300,000.

Biden is the second big name to assist the lieutenant governor in his bid to succeed Democratic Gov. Martin O'Malley. Former President Bill Clinton headlined a fundraiser for Brown in May.

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BALTIMORE (AP) - Vice President Joe Biden used a visit to Baltimore to talk about the need to invest in infrastructure.

The vice president highlighted a $10 million grant to the Port of Baltimore during a visit on Monday.

The grant is expected to help improve the port's productivity by widening the channel. It also will increase the port's cargo storage capacity.

Biden said the grant is just the latest example of federal investments to better enable the nation's manufacturers to get their products around the world, Vice President Joe Biden said Monday.

BALTIMORE (AP) - Vice President Joe Biden is scheduled to talk about the need to invest in infrastructure during a visit to Baltimore.

The vice president plans to highlight a $10 million grant to the Port of Baltimore that will help improve the port's productivity by widening the channel.

It also will increase the port's cargo storage capacity.

Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx is also scheduled to attend, along with Maryland Gov. Martin O'Malley.

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DOVER, Del. (AP) - Delaware Attorney General Beau Biden returned home Thursday with his father, Vice President Joe Biden, and other family members after undergoing a medical procedure at a Houston cancer center.

A small motorcade of SUVs with dark tinted windows arrived at Joe Biden's house shortly before 4 p.m. Thursday afternoon after Air Force Two touched down at the New Castle County airport following a flight from Texas.

DOVER, Del. (AP) - Delaware Attorney General Beau Biden will be returning home soon with his father, Vice President Joe Biden, aboard Air Force Two following a successful medical procedure at a Houston cancer center.

The vice president's office says Beau Biden will fly to Delaware aboard the aircraft Thursday.

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Delaware Attorney General Beau Biden at a Houston, Texas hospital after becoming weak and disoriented during a family vacation last week.

That’s the word from Biden spokesman Jason Miller and the White House.

Vice President Joe Biden is at the hospital where his son is undergoing medical tests with no public events scheduled.

The Vice President is scheduled to join the president in Scranton, Pa. later this week.

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Governor Martin O’Malley told supporters over the weekend that he is laying down the foundation for a 2016 bid for the White House.

While in Milwaukee for the National Governor’s Association O’Malley told political reporters that he will have mapped the campaign by the end of the year.

The Baltimore Sun was told in April by O’Malley that he would take the next year to consider a presidential bid.

While the Governor would not commit to a presidential campaign he said the he was working through the process.