Sugar tax, spaceports meet pageantry in UK Queen's Speech

LONDON (AP) — Queen Elizabeth II donned an ermine-trimmed robe and diamond-studded crown Wednesday to announce government promises to put Britain at the cutting edge of technology and social progress in the 21st century.

  • Written by JILL LAWLESS, Associated Press

Explorers plan June mission to Andrea Doria shipwreck

BOSTON (AP) — Nearly six decades after 46 people died when the Andrea Doria sank to the sea floor following a violent collision with another ocean liner south of Nantucket, Massachusetts, explorers are preparing to do what 16 people have lost their lives attempting: get a good look at the wreckage.

  • Written by MARK PRATT, Associated Press

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