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Vice President Joe Biden decided to celebrate his birthday in the state that made his political career.

This past Saturday he stopped by Rehoboth Beach and showed up at Broweabout Books.

The Wilmington News Journal reports that the bookstore’s Facebook page showed the Vice President sitting outside with his dog in his classic aviator sunglasses.

He also stopped by to have lunch at The Pond Rehoboth restaurant.

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If Democrats take control of the U.S. as a result of this year’s election it could boost the clout of the Delaware delegation.

The Wilmington News Journal reports that Senator Tom Carper could wind up chairing either the Homeland Security Committee or the Environment and Public Works Committee.

Currently, he is the senior Democrat on those panels.

Meanwhile, Senator Chris Coons could be in line to head up the Select Committee on Ethics.

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Vice President Joe Biden told a service this weekend for two firefighters who lost their lives in a row house blaze that he his family knew the pain of such a loss.

During an appearance for Captain Christopher Leach and Lt. Jerry Fickes he told hundreds of firefighters in attendance he hoped the fact that so many people appreciated their service would ease their suffering.  

Biden lost his wife and daughter in a car accident just after winning his first Senate bid.

Meanwhile, the Wilmington News Journal reports that thousands of Delawareans attended the service.

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Governor Jack Markell is getting into presidential campaign mode.

The Delaware Democrat will be in Ohio to stump for Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton tomorrow.

Markell and top Democrats endorsed Clinton early in the primary season as she faced off against Senator Bernie Sanders (I-Vt).

The Wilmington News Journal reports that he was on hand in April to introduce her during a campaign stop in Wilmington.

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WILMINGTON, Del. (AP) - Federal officials are announcing new funding for Amtrak's passenger rail system and stressing the need for continued investment in America's transportation infrastructure.

Vice President Joe Biden scheduled a stop Friday at the train station in Wilmington, Delaware, which bears his name, to announce new funding to improve infrastructure and efficiency along Amtrak's busy Northeast Corridor.

Amtrak reported ridership of 11.7 million along the Northeast Corridor in fiscal 2015, a record high.

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DOVER, Del. (AP) - Vice President Joe Biden will come home to Delaware to deliver the commencement address at Delaware State University in Dover.
 
Graduation will be May 7.
 
The White House also announced Tuesday that Biden will also speak at this year's graduations at Syracuse University law school and the U.S. Military Academy at West Point, New York.
 

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WILMINGTON, Del. (AP) - A foundation that honors late Delaware Attorney General Beau Biden has announced its new mission to protect children from sexual abuse.

The News Journal of Wilmington reports that the Beau Biden Foundation for the Protection of Children announced Wednesday that its new efforts will include educating adults on where sexual abuse can occur, signs of abuse, prevention techniques and what to do if children say they've been abused.

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BALTIMORE (AP) - Vice President Joe Biden says he's confident Congress will approve the $1 billion that President Barack Obama has requested for cancer research.

Biden made the comment Tuesday at the launch of a new immunotherapy institute at Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore.

Obama has likened the accelerated quest for cancer cures to a manned mission to the moon. Biden says the proposal has overwhelming bipartisan support.

Obama is requesting $755 million in addition to the $195 million in new cancer funding Congress approved in its budget deal last year.

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Children should be a bit safer when they go off to youth summer camp because of Delaware Attorney General Beau Biden who died of cancer last year.

A new Child Protection Act goes into effect April 7th that will require finger-print background checks at the state and national level on their employees and volunteers.

The Wilmington News Journal reports that this will be the first time such a practice will be codified in the First State.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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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