By Lisa Richwine and Marina Lopes LOS ANGELES/NEW YORK (Reuters) - Verizon Communications Inc on Thursday demanded that Netflix Inc immediately stop displaying messages to customers that place blame on Verizon's broadband service for slow delivery of Netflix TV shows and movies. The letter is the latest sign of tension between content providers like Netflix and Internet service providers over who should pay the price for companies that stream heavy traffic online. In a cease-and-desist letter sent to Netflix, Verizon also asked the video streaming service to provide information including a list of customers on the Verizon network to whom Netflix delivered the notices, or face legal action.
Maiduguri (Nigeria) (AFP) - Forty-five people were killed by suspected Boko Haram gunmen pretending to be preachers in a village near the group's spiritual home in northeast Nigeria, two residents said on Thursday. The attack happened at about 9:30 pm (2030 GMT) on Wednesday in Barderi, on the outskirts of Maiduguri, and saw insurgents hoodwink locals into congregating before opening fire on the crowd. Itinerant preaching is commonplace in mainly Muslim northern Nigeria and the fake clerics reportedly told villagers that they had come to show them "the righteous path". Mallam Bunu, who survived the attack, said: "I counted 45 bodies after the attackers left the village.
By David DeKok HARRISBURG Pa. (Reuters) - Facing wide criticism, including from the National Parks Service, an auction house has canceled plans to sell the skull of a Civil War soldier and military relics found near Gettysburg, Pennsylvania. But late on Monday, auctioneer Thomas Taylor of the Hagerstown, Maryland-based company said the skull would be handed over to the National Park Service at the Gettysburg National Military Park. The park service had earlier called for the skull to be donated for burial in the Soldiers National Cemetery at Gettysburg, alongside the bones of other unknown soldiers. The Battle of Gettysburg, which lasted three days in 1863, is often described as the turning point of the Civil War.
Seventy years ago, more than 1,200 aircraft formed an assault on the coast of western Europe as part of Operation Overlord, the code name for the Battle of Normandy — also known as D-Day and commemorated in the U.K. on Monday by the spectacular aerobatics of the Royal Air Force's nine-jet Red Arrows display team.