By Lawrence Hurley WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S. Supreme Court on Thursday said it will hear oral arguments on April 28 on whether states can ban gay marriage, addressing a hot social issue in what promises to yield one of the justices' most important rulings of the year. There are currently 37 states where gay marriage has been allowed to proceed, although a legal battle is ongoing in Alabama, with the state's top court putting it on hold.
Wear blue on Friday to raise colon cancer awareness
By Daniel Gaitan (Reuters Health) - Advocates hope that people with colorectal cancer and their caregivers will dress in blue on Friday to raise awareness about the disease, which is the second-leading cancer-related cause of death in the U.S. Each year on the first Friday in March, supporters hold “Dress in Blue Day” to encourage more Americans to be tested for the disease. In 2000, President Clinton designated March as National Colon Cancer Awareness Month. “You need to be screened, and Dress in Blue Day is about getting people to recognize that,” said Eric Hargis, CEO of Colon Cancer Alliance, a Washington, D.C.-based nonprofit patient advocacy organization. Andrea Shepherd, executive director of the Colon Cancer Prevention Project, a Kentucky-based nonprofit working to eliminate preventable colon cancer death, hopes that all health care organizations participate in the day.
By Scott Malone BOSTON (Reuters) - A policeman who was on duty at the Boston Marathon finish line on the day of the deadly 2013 bombing attack recalled in court on Thursday a moment of shock after the blasts when it was unclear who was dead and who was alive. Boston Police Officer Frank Chiola was the first witness to testify on the second day of the federal trial of Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, 21, who is accused of killing three people and injuring 264 with a pair of homemade pressure-cooker bombs on April 15, 2013. Chiola said he had been standing near the finish line when the first bomb went off and heard the second detonate as he was running to the scene. People's faces you couldn't tell who was alive, who was dead," said Chiola, who went on to perform CPR on Krystle Campbell, one of the three people killed by the blasts.
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