U.S. recovers remains of pilot in 1952 spy flight

WASHINGTON – The Pentagon has confirmed that human remains unearthed in China last summer at a remote site where a CIA-sponsored spy plane was shot down in 1952 are those of Robert Snoddy, of Roseburg, Ore., a civilian pilot whose CIA connection was kept secret for decades. “It’s nice to finally bring him home,” said Ruth Boss, of Creswell, Ore., who will bury her brother at the cemetery where their mother and father are buried. The ill-fated C-47 encountered an air defense ambush while trying to retrieve a spy in the province of Jilin. The other pilot aboard was Norman Schwartz, of Louisville, Ky. His remains were not found.

Bush job-approval ratings slip

President Bush’s job approval slipped into the mid 40s in national polls released this week as he lost some support among men and other groups of core supporters. Public approval for Bush slipped from 52 percent in a CNN-USA Today-Gallup poll over the weekend to 45 percent in that same poll released Thursday. A CBS News poll released earlier in the week found Bush’s approval slipping six points to 43 percent. The Gallup poll found Bush losing support among men, self-described conservatives and churchgoers while the CBS poll found a drop among men and Republicans.

New osteoporosis drug OK’d

A once-a-month pill to help women battle the bone-weakening disease osteoporosis has been approved by the Food and Drug Administration. Boniva will be the first monthly osteoporosis medication, said Dr. Ronald Emkey of Radiant Research in Reading, Pa., which conducted trials of the drug. Current medications are taken weekly. Boniva, approved late Thursday, is being jointly promoted by the drug companies, GlaxoSmithKline and Roche. The companies estimate that 44 million Americans over age 50 suffer from osteoporosis.

Connecticut: Ex-governor’s number

Former Gov. John Rowland received a new identification Friday as he prepares to enter prison: Inmate No. 15623-014. Rowland’s inmate identification number was posted on the U.S. Bureau of Prisons inmate database Web site. The numbers are used to track nearly 200,000 inmates in the federal prison system and others who have been released. He is to report next Friday to Prison Camp Devens, a minimum security prison in Massachusetts. Rowland admitted he traded access to his office for than $100,000 in trips and repairs to his lakeside cottage.

California: Sailor to face trial

A Navy sailor who refused to board a Persian Gulf-bound ship because of his opposition to the war in the Iraq will face a special court-martial – the military equivalent of a civilian misdemeanor trial, the Navy announced Friday in San Diego. The Navy said it has referred criminal charges of absence without leave and missing the movement of a ship against Petty Officer 3rd Class Pablo Paredes, 23. He faces a maximum of one year in jail, forfeiture of pay, reduction in rank and a bad-conduct discharge if he’s convicted.

Texas: Alamo gets rare document

One of only 13 surviving copies of the Texas Declaration of Independence has been donated to the Republic of Texas Library at the Alamo. Descendants of Samuel Augustus Maverick, a land baron who was mayor of San Antonio and who attended the meeting in 1836 when the declaration was signed, made the donation to the Daughters of the Republic of Texas Library last summer. The presentation ceremony was held Thursday in San Antonio.

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