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Justice Ginsburg taken ill, absent from Supreme Court

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Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg in Washington on June 1, 2017. -
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WASHINGTON — Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg was absent on Wednesday for courtroom argument in two cases.

Chief Justice John Roberts announced that Ginsburg was "indisposed due to illness," a statement similar to the one he made on the first day of the term, Oct. 7, when Justice Clarence Thomas was absent with what a court official said was the flu.

The same court official said Wednesday that Justice Ginsburg was "home with a stomach bug."

The health of Ginsburg, 86, has been a subject of intense interest since she underwent surgery last winter for lung cancer and treatment over the summer for a cancerous tumor on her pancreas.

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