(Reuters) - No criminal charges will be filed against NASCAR driver Kurt Busch in a domestic abuse case involving his former girlfriend, prosecutors in Delaware said Thursday. "After a thorough consideration of all of the available information about the case, it is determined that the admissible evidence and available witnesses would likely be insufficient to meet the burden of establishing beyond a reasonable doubt that Mr. Busch committed a crime," the Delaware Department of Justice said in a statement. (Reporting by Steve Ginsburg in Washington; Editing by Susan Heavey)
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.
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.
POLK CITY, Fla. (AP) — The Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus will phase out the show's iconic elephants from its performances by 2018, telling The Associated Press exclusively that growing public concern about how the animals are treated led to the decision.