By Lawrence Hurley WASHINGTON (Reuters) - A day before the U.S. Supreme Court hears landmark arguments on whether the Constitution provides a right to same-sex marriage, activists on both sides of the contentious social issue converged on the white marble courthouse to voice their views. Anti-gay rights activists rallied in front of the courthouse steps condemning same-sex marriage, while a line snaked around the block of people, many displaying gay rights messages, hoping to snag one of the limited number of seats available in the courtroom for Tuesday's 2-1/2 hour oral arguments. The nine justices will be hearing arguments concerning gay marriage restrictions imposed in Kentucky, Michigan, Ohio and Tennessee, four of the 13 states that still outlaw such marriages. The ruling, due by the end of June, will determine whether same-sex marriage will be legal nationwide.
Blocking smartphone use by teen drivers may reduce crash risks
By Lisa Rapaport (Reuters Health) - Filming teens while they drive and blocking cell phone signals inside their cars may both help reduce distractions that lead to crashes, a small study suggests. "We found a large, significant reduction in high-risk driving events like hard braking and sudden swerving," said lead study author Dr. Beth Ebel, director of the Harborview Injury Prevention and Research Center at the University of Washington School of Medicine in Seattle. The number of teen drivers involved in fatal crashes has dropped by more than half over the past decade as safer vehicles hit the road and more young people received restricted licenses, according to a recent U.S. report. Some drove with in-vehicle cameras, some were recorded and also had cell phone signals blocked inside the car, and a third group had no intervention.
Shooting in Sacramento area prompts lockdown of nearby schools
A woman was shot and wounded along a major thoroughfare of a Sacramento suburb on Monday, prompting a security alert and lockdown of nearby schools while police searched for the suspect, a Sacramento County sheriff's spokeswoman said. Sheriff's deputies were believed to have tracked the suspect to a house near where the shooting occurred shortly before 10 a.m. in the Sacramento suburb of Carmichael, according to the spokeswoman, Sharon Chow.
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