By Dan Whitcomb LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - Two sets of skeletal remains found buried in the California desert earlier this week have been identified as the parents in a family that vanished nearly four years ago, and the remaining bones are likely their two young sons, police said on Friday. Coroner's investigators used dental records to identify the remains of Joseph McStay, 40, and his wife Summer, 43, who were reported missing from the San Diego area in February 2010 along with their two children, San Bernardino County Sheriff's Department spokeswoman Cindy Bachman said. Autopsies were still under way but DNA tests will likely be required to formally identify what are thought to be the remains of Gianni McStay, 4, and his 3-year-old brother, Joseph, Bachman said, and may take weeks to complete The coroner's office has classified all four deaths as homicides, San Bernardino County Sheriff John McMahon said, adding that the means in which the victims were believed slain would not be released during the ongoing investigation.
LOS ANGELES (AP) — An airport police union spokesman said Friday that medical attention for a Transportation Security Administration officer shot by a gunman was delayed because a Los Angeles Police Department officer told other responders the man was dead.
By Keith Coffman DENVER (Reuters) - Accused Colorado theater gunman James Holmes should not be executed if he is convicted of murdering 12 moviegoers because he suffers from a chronic mental illness, defense lawyers said in a court document made public on Friday. The exact nature of the mental illness claimed by Holmes's attorneys is unclear because the full motion was filed under seal. "Motion to strike the death penalty because the state and federal constitutions prohibit the execution of individuals such as Mr. Holmes who suffer from a chronic and serious mental illness," a caption of the pleading reads. Separately, Arapahoe County District Judge Carlos Samour ruled that a warrantless search of Holmes's booby-trapped apartment was legal because police believed there was "an immediate need to protect the lives or safety of themselves or others." Holmes, 25, has pleaded not guilty by reason of insanity to multiple counts of first-degree murder and attempted murder for opening fire inside a suburban Denver cinema in July 2012.
By David Adams and Kevin Gray MIAMI (Reuters) - From his tattoos to his finely chiseled physique and Armani underwear ads, soccer icon David Beckham oozes Miami-style sex appeal. Blending charisma with a smart business plan, Beckham intends to launch his own professional soccer team in Miami, a multicultural market that has defied major league owners twice before. But Beckham is known for making long shots. Expectation is high that the former captain of the England team, who retired as a player in May, will exercise a $25 million option in his Major League Soccer (MLS) player contract to start a new team later this year and base it in Miami.
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Dressed in a black Batman costume, his fists clenched as he took on foe after foe around San Francisco, a 5-year-old boy who has battled leukemia for years fulfilled his wish Friday to be his favorite superhero.