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Biden's older son hospitalized after mild stroke

PHILADELPHIA - Vice President Joe Biden's older son, the Delaware attorney general, had a mild stroke yesterday and was transferred to a Philadelphia hospital, where he was alert and talking with family.

Beau Biden, 41, had been admitted to Christiana Hospital in Newark, Del., in the morning. Later he was transferred to Thomas Jefferson University Hospital in Philadelphia for observation and further tests, vice presidential spokeswoman Elizabeth Alexander said. Biden was expected to recover, his doctor said.

A Christiana Care ambulance arrived at Thomas Jefferson University Hospital last night escorted by more than a dozen Delaware and Pennsylvania state police and Philadelphia police cars.

Christiana Hospital's Dr. Timothy Gardner said Biden was in good spirits and was talking with his relatives. The doctor said in a statement issued through the White House that Biden was fully alert and in stable condition and had full motor and speech skills.

Biden returned last year from a yearlong deployment to Iraq with his Army National Guard unit. He was a captain and military lawyer in the 261st Theater Tactical Signal Brigade. He considered running this year for the Senate seat his father held before becoming vice president but decided instead to run for re-election as attorney general.

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