Historic 1493 letter on Columbus voyage is returned to Italy

ROME (AP) — The United States has returned to Italy a letter written by Christopher Columbus in 1493 about his discovery of the New World that was stolen from a Florence library and unwittingly acquired by the Library of Congress.

  • Written by NICOLE WINFIELD, Associated Press

Colombia battles world's biggest drugmaker over cancer drug

BOGOTA, Colombia (AP) — Colombia's government is giving pharmaceutical giant Novartis a few weeks to lower prices on a popular cancer drug or see its monopoly on production of the medicine broken and competition thrown open to generic rivals.

  • Written by JOSHUA GOODMAN, Associated Press LINDA A. JOHNSON, Associated Press

Traveling video-makers off track with selfies in Yellowstone

CHEYENNE, Wyo. (AP) — In the latest episode of tourists disturbing wildlife and sensitive geological sites in a national park, a group of men who post pictures and videos of their travels on social media are in hot water for walking onto a sensitive hot spring at Yellowstone National Park, snapping selfies and dipping a hand into water that can reach the boiling point.

  • Written by BOB MOEN, Associated Press

Space shuttle external tank to be displayed in Los Angeles

LOS ANGELES (AP) — NASA has shipped its last space shuttle external propellant tank to California to join the retired orbiter Endeavour on display in Los Angeles. The plan is to mount the winged spaceship vertically on the massive tank as if ready for launch, complete with a real pair of solid rocket boosters.

  • Written by JOHN ANTCZAK, Associated Press