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Verizon fires back at Netflix over slow service message

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.

Israel approves new settlement construction

JERUSALEM (AP) — Israel gave the final go-ahead Thursday to build nearly 1,500 homes in Jewish settlements, saying the construction was a response to the formation of the Palestinian unity government backed by the Islamic militant group Hamas.

Survivors tell of attack by 'preachers' in Nigeria

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.

New York City stabbing suspect eyed in 3rd attack

NEW YORK (AP) — A recently released convict suspected of fatally stabbing a 6-year-old boy and injuring a 7-year-old girl in a Brooklyn elevator is also being eyed in the stabbing of a homeless man days later at a Manhattan subway platform, a police official said Thursday.

APNewsBreak: VA health care nominee withdraws

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama's choice to be the top health official at the Veterans Affairs Department withdrew his nomination Thursday, saying he feared his confirmation could spark a prolonged political battle.

U.S., Britain lay down new markers for Putin

President Obama and British Prime Minister David Cameron laid down new markers for Russia Thursday, giving Moscow a month to meet their conditions in Ukraine or face further sanctions.

Seller cancels auction of soldier's skull found near Gettysburg

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.

Watch: UK's Red Arrows commemorate D-Day with aerobatics

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.

Cochran, McDaniel rumble in Miss. GOP runoff

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — National tea party organizations are rushing back into Mississippi Republican primary runoff as challenger Chris McDaniel tries to finish off Sen. Thad Cochran's bid for a seventh Senate term.

Obama, Cameron set new Russia sanctions deadline

BRUSSELS (AP) — President Barack Obama and British Prime Minister David Cameron laid down a new deadline for Russia on Thursday, giving Moscow a month to meet their conditions in Ukraine or face further sanctions.

Search continues for gunman in Canadian police killings

A man suspected of killing three Royal Canadian Mounted Police officers was spotted three times but has so far eluded a massive manhunt in the normally tranquil east coast city of Moncton, police said.

Safety board faults key device in BP oil spill

WASHINGTON (AP) — A federal board investigation into the 2010 BP oil spill concludes that a last-ditch safety device on the underwater well had multiple failures, wasn't tested properly and still poses a risk for many rigs drilling today.

Study: At-home dads down slightly since recession

NEW YORK (AP) — The number of U.S. fathers home with their kids full-time is down, from a peak 2.2 million in 2010, the official end of the recession, to about 2 million in 2012, according to a report released Thursday by the Pew Research Center.

GM: Incompetence, negligence led to delayed recall

WARREN, Mich. (AP) — General Motors says a pattern of incompetence and neglect, not a larger conspiracy or cover-up, is to blame for a long-delayed recall of defective ignition switches.

10 Things to See: A week of top AP photos

Here's your look at highlights from the weekly AP photo report, a gallery featuring a mix of front-page photography, the odd image you might have missed and lasting moments our editors think you should see.

Gallery: D-Day anniversary

In this June 6, 2014 file photo, allied troops crouch behind the bulwarks of a landing craft as it nears Omaha Beach during a landing in Normandy, France. The D-Day invasion broke through Adolf Hitler’s western defenses and led to the liberation of France from Nazi occupation just as the Soviet Army was making advances in the east, turning the tide of the war in the Allies’ favor. Allied troops landed on the Normandy coast of France in tremendous strength by cloudy daylight today and stormed several miles inland with tanks and infantry in the grand assault which Gen. Dwight D. Eisenhower called a crusade in which “we will accept nothing less than full victory.”(AP Photo/U.S. Coast Guard, File)