NEW ALBANY, IND.

Woman’s remains found

Police said Saturday that human remains found in a southern Indiana man’s backyard have been identified as a woman who has been missing for about a month. New Albany police Maj. Keith Whitlow said the remains found in William “Clyde” Gibson’s yard Friday night are those of Stephanie Marie Kirk, 35, who was last seen leaving a friend’s home March 25 to meet a man at a bar. Gibson is being held without bond at the Floyd County Jail in connection with the death last week of Christine Whitis, 75, and Florida hairdresser Karen Hodella, 44, whose body was found near the Ohio River in Clarksville in 2003. Gibson was arrested on drunken-driving charges last week after police spotted him driving Whitis’ car.

NEW BRUNSWICK, N.J.

Plague drug approved

U.S. regulators have approved use of a powerful Johnson & Johnson antibiotic to treat plague, an extremely rare, sometimes-deadly bacterial infection. The Food and Drug Administration also approved Levaquin, known generically as levofloxacin, to reduce risk of people getting plague after exposure to the bacteria that cause it. Called Yersinia pestis, the bacteria are considered a potential bioterrorism agent. Plague mainly occurs in animals. People can get it from bites from infected fleas or contact with infected animals or humans. About 1,000 to 2,000 human cases occur worldwide each year.

CHERRY HILL, N.J.

Teacher placed on leave

A teacher who oversees a classroom where a father says his autistic son was verbally abused by adults has been placed on paid leave, according to district officials. The father, Stuart Chaifetz, posted clips on YouTube days ago of secretly recorded audio that caught one adult calling his autistic 10-year-old son “a bastard.” A lawyer for the teacher, Kelly Altenburg, has denied that she was in the classroom when the abusive remarks were made and said an investigation by the district also found that Altenburg was not present. Officials say one school aide resigned, another was put on leave and a substitute aide was not invited back amid the allegations.

Compiled from wire reports.