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NATION IN BRIEF: Doctor: VP Joe Biden's son had mild stroke

The Associated Press. Vice President Joe Biden, right, is seen with his son, U.S. Army Capt. Beau Biden, at Camp Victory on the outskirts of Baghdad on July 4.

The Associated Press. Vice President Joe Biden, right, is seen with his son, U.S. Army Capt. Beau Biden, at Camp Victory on the outskirts of Baghdad on July 4.

NEWARK, Del. -- Vice President Joe Biden's oldest son had a mild stroke Tuesday but is expected to recover, his doctor said.

Delaware Attorney General Beau Biden, 41, was admitted to Christiana Hospital in Newark on Tuesday morning and transferred later in the day to a Philadelphia hospital for observation and further tests.

''He is in good spirits and talking with his family at the hospital,'' Dr. Timothy Gardner of Christiana Hospital said in a statement issued through the White House. ''He is fully alert, in stable condition and has full motor and speech skills.''

Jason Miller, Beau Biden's spokesman, had no immediate comment.

Blagojevich attorneys seek to delay his trial

CHICAGO -- Former Gov. Rod Blagojevich's attorneys said Tuesday they are so determined to delay the start of his corruption trial that they will go to the Supreme Court if they can't get a postponement elsewhere.

Attorney Sam Adam said he's hoping that the 7th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals will issue a ruling delaying the trial's scheduled June 3 start, but he added that he is prepared to go to the nation's highest court.

''If the ruling is adverse, and I do not anticipate that it will be, we will go to the Supreme Court of the United States,'' Adam told reporters after a brief hearing Tuesday.

U.S. District Judge James B. Zagel has twice refused to grant a delay.

Ohio sorority suspended after wild formal

CINCINNATI -- Miami University of Ohio has suspended a sorority for a year after a lodge owner complained about damage and unruly behavior at a spring formal including guests urinating in sinks, men scrambling over the bar for drinks and couples caught having sex.

The action against the Pi Beta Phi Fraternity for Women chapter followed a letter of complaint from the lodge owner to the southwest Ohio school about the April 9 event at Lake Lyndsay Lodge, about 30 miles north of Cincinnati.

Pi Beta Phi's national leadership said in a statement that it has placed the Miami chapter on probation ''in order to change the culture of the chapter and to ensure it models Pi Beta Phi and Miami University values.''

The suspension means the sorority loses its campus dorm suite, can't recruit new members and can't participate as a group in campus activities, Miami spokeswoman Claire Wagner said.

NYPD official: Suspect in Times Square bomb plot 'homegrown'

NEW YORK -- The suspected driver in a failed car bombing of Times Square fits the profile of a recent wave of ''homegrown'' terrorists threatening America, New York police officials warned Tuesday.

The officials said Faisal Shahzad and other suspects like Najibullah Zazi -- the admitted leader of a plot to bomb the New York subway system -- had roots in working- or middle-class society, some college education and no previous criminal records, but became radicalized in part by traveling to overseas terrorist hotbeds.

The Times Square threat was ''a classic case of homegrown terrorism,'' Police Commissioner Raymond Kelly said at a briefing for private security executives.

Thieves take controversial Mojave cross

LOS ANGELES -- Thieves have stolen a cross in the Mojave Desert that was built to honor Americans who died in war, less than two weeks after the U.S. Supreme Court allowed the religious symbol to remain on federal land.

The 7-foot-high cross was stolen late Sunday or early Monday by thieves who cut the metal bolts that attached the symbol to a rock in the sprawling desert preserve, National Park Service spokeswoman Linda Slater said.

Authorities had no immediate motive for the theft but Slater said possible suspects range from scrap metal scavengers to people ''with an interest in the case,'' Slater said.

Lawyers: Oil rig workers asked to sign statements

Workers aboard an exploding offshore drilling platform were told to sign statements denying they were hurt or witnessed the blast that rocked the rig, killed 11 and spewed millions of gallons of oil into the ocean, their attorneys said Tuesday.

Survivors floated for hours in life boats in the Gulf of Mexico following the disaster on the Deepwater Horizon, and were greeted by company officials onshore asking them to sign statements that they had no ''first hand or personal knowledge'' of the incident, attorneys said.