Biden’s son undergoes tests for disorientation

WILMINGTON, Del. (AP) – Delaware Attorney General Beau Biden was undergoing medical tests on Tuesday in Houston, where family members, including his father, Vice President Biden, were gathered.

The younger Biden, who is being evaluated to determine why he experienced weakness and disorientation last week, posted a smiling photo of his wife Hallie and himself to his Twitter account Tuesday morning. “Touched by all your well wishes – thank you. Nice evening in Houston w/ Hallie; will share update when we have it,” the tweet read.

Beau Biden, who suffered a mild stroke in 2010, began experiencing the symptoms last Wednesday night after driving to Indiana for a family vacation, said Jason Miller, a spokesman for the Delaware Department of Justice.

Biden, 44, was initially admitted to Northwestern Memorial Hospital in Chicago and traveled the next day to a Philadelphia hospital to consult with his doctor. He was discharged and spent the weekend at home in Wilmington. Miller said Biden currently is undergoing testing in Houston to determine the cause of his symptoms.


Court order allows inmates to be force fed

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) – If dozens of hunger-striking California state prison inmates are so close to death they must be force-fed, the method will likely be less invasive than what was used on terror suspects at Guantanamo Bay, the prison system’s top medical services official said Tuesday.

U.S. military officials came under heavy criticism from human rights advocates when they snaked feeding tubes through the noses and into the stomachs of terror suspects who refused to eat.

California prison officials won a court order Monday saying they could force-feed dozens of inmates who have been on a hunger strike for six weeks over solitary confinement conditions.

Dr. Steven Tharratt, director of medical services for the federal official who oversees medical care for California’s prisons, said if the state employs force-feeding, it’s most likely to be done by pumping nutrient-enriched fluids into the bloodstreams of unconscious inmates.

“It’s not really a forced re-feeding at that point,” Tharratt said.

There are 45 inmates who have refused anything more than water, vitamins and electrolytes since July 8 to protest the yearslong isolation of gang leaders.

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Kagan says justices are not tech-savvy

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) – Elena Kagan says she and her fellow Supreme Court justices aren’t the most tech-savvy group of people and still communicate with one another the same way they did when she was a clerk in 1987: with paper memos.

In an appearance in Providence on Tuesday, Kagan acknowledged the justices have a ways to go to understand technology such as Facebook, Twitter and even email.

“It’s a challenge for us,” Kagan said, while also noting that she herself uses email, goes online and reads blogs.

When asked whether the justices email one another, Kagan, 53, said things are the same as when she clerked for the late Justice Thurgood Marshall three decades ago. She says justices write memos, which are then printed out on ivory paper that looks like it came from the 19th century. The memos are walked around the building by someone called a “chambers aide.”

“The justices are not necessarily the most technologically sophisticated people,” she said.