Human remains found in search for missing boy

COEUR D'ALENE, Idaho - Authorities said Monday they found human remains during their search for a missing 9-year-old boy whose sister was found days earlier at a Denny's restaurant with a registered sex offender.

Sheriff Rocky Watson said the remains were found in western Montana and would be sent to an FBI laboratory for DNA analysis. He did not say whether the remains were believed to be those of Dylan Groene and declined to answer questions.

Officials said previously there was little hope Dylan was still alive. The DNA analysis was expected to take three days.

Dylan's 8-year-old sister, Shasta, was found Saturday with Joseph Edward Duncan III, more than six weeks after the children disappeared from the home where their mother, her boyfriend and an older brother were bludgeoned to death.

Church endorses gay marriage

ATLANTA - The United Church of Christ's rule-making body voted overwhelmingly Monday to approve a resolution endorsing same-sex marriage, making it the largest Christian denomination to do so.

The vote is not binding on individual churches, but could cause some congregations to leave the fold.

Roughly 80 percent of the representatives on the church's 884-member General Synod voted to approve the resolution Monday, a day after a smaller committee recommended it.

Austrian tourist who was bitten by shark released

FORT MYERS, Fla. - An Austrian teenager who was bitten by a shark off the coast of Boca Grande last week has been released from the hospital.

Armin Trojer, 19, of Baden, Austria, was released Sunday, said Alex Reichert, an administrative supervisor at Lee Memorial Hospital.

Trojer was bitten on his right ankle as he stood in chest-deep water in the Gulf of Mexico on Friday. He was airlifted to the hospital, where he underwent surgery to repair damaged ligaments, tendons and blood vessels.

Teachers union leader pledges to raise salaries

LOS ANGELES - The head of the country's largest education union has pledged to renew his fight to get higher pay for starting teachers, veteran instructors and classroom aides - policies likely to require hundreds of millions of dollars.

National Education Association president Reg Weaver said Sunday his officers will work to lobby leaders and school boards.

- From wire reports