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10 things you need to know today: May 10, 2022

Biden signs a law to speed up aid to Ukraine, senators back more security for Supreme Court justices' families, and more

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Biden signs law speeding aid to Ukraine 

President Biden on Monday signed a law that will speed up military aid to Ukraine as Russia intensified its offensive in eastern and southern Ukraine. Biden urged Congress to "immediately" pass a separate bill to provide Ukraine with $33 billion in military and humanitarian aid. Congressional Democrats plan to add another $7 billion to the package. About two-thirds of the aid will go toward security and military assistance as Ukraine fights invading Russian forces. Russia hit the city of Odessa in southern Ukraine with missiles, including three Kinzhal hypersonic missiles, a Ukrainian military official said. The Pentagon said Russian forces lack the capacity to attack the Black Sea port by land or sea.

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Senators back more security for Supreme Court justices' families

Senators on Monday quickly passed a bill to expand security for the families of Supreme Court justices after weekend abortion-rights protests outside the homes of Chief Justice John Roberts and Justice Brett Kavanaugh. White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki said Monday that President Biden "strongly believes in the constitutional right to protest, but that should never include violence, threats, or vandalism." Judges "perform an incredibly important function" and "must be able to do their jobs without concern for their personal safety," she added. The statement came after Republicans criticized the administration for not condemning the protests over the weekend in the initial White House response. There were no reports of violence or vandalism during Saturday's protests.

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Ferdinand Marcos Jr. wins Philippines presidency by landslide

Ferdinand Marcos Jr. won the Philippines' presidential election in a landslide on Monday. With 95 percent of the vote counted, Marcos, known by his childhood nickname Bongbong, had 30 million votes. His main rival, Vice President Maria Leonor "Leni" Robredo, trailed far behind with 14 million. Voters waited in long lines to vote for Marcos, the son and namesake of the country's late dictator, in a show of support for his family. His father, Ferdinand Marcos, was ousted from power in the 1980s and accused of stealing billions from the government. Marcos Jr. made his bid for the presidency after working for years in lower positions, trying to rehabilitate the family name.

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Stocks plunge to lowest level in 2022

U.S. stocks plunged to their lowest level of 2022 on Monday in an ongoing sell-off fueled by concerns about the highest inflation in decades, and Federal Reserve interest rate hikes intended to tame it. The tech-heavy Nasdaq took the hardest hit, falling 4.3 percent. The S&P 500 and the Dow Jones Industrial Average fell 3.2 percent and 2 percent, respectively. Economists and investors are growing increasingly worried that the Fed won't be able to raise rates and cut its bond holdings fast enough to bring down inflation without tipping the economy into a recession. U.S. stock futures rebounded early Tuesday, with the major indexes rising more than 1 percent.

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Protesters throw red paint on Russia's Poland ambassador

Ukraine-war protesters threw red paint in the face of Russia's ambassador to Poland, Sergey Andreev, as he arrived at a Warsaw cemetery to pay respects to Soviet soldiers who died fighting Nazi Germany in World War II. Polish Foreign Minister Zbigniew Rau condemned the incident, which occurred during Victory Day celebrations commemorating the Soviet Union's defeat of the Nazis, calling it "highly deplorable." Hundreds of protesters met Andreev at the cemetery waving Ukrainian flags and chanting, "Fascists!" and "Murderers!" Some Russian commentators said Poland should have provided more protection, and suggested Moscow might pull its ambassador out of Poland and ask the Polish ambassador in Russia to leave.

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Sri Lanka prime minister resigns after protests

Sri Lankan Prime Minister Mahinda Rajapaksa resigned Monday after weeks of protests blaming him and his brother, President Gotabaya Rajapaksa, for the country's devastating economic crisis. The prime minister tweeted that he had submitted his resignation to the president, although the president's office made no immediate comment. Protests have spread across the country in recent weeks, but the prime minister's resignation came after government supporters violently attacked a group of demonstrators and his government was bracing for a no-confidence vote in Parliament. The military deployed armed troops around the capital, Colombo, to restore calm.

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Alabama fugitives caught in Indiana

U.S. Marshals on Monday caught an escaped confessed murderer and the corrections officer who fled an Alabama jail with him, after a police car chase that ended in a crash in Evansville, Indiana. The corrections officer, Vicky White, 56, died in a hospital after apparently shooting herself in the head as law enforcement officers closed in. The inmate, Casey White, 38, was behind the wheel of the Cadillac during the chase, and was injured in the crash. Authorities said the Whites, who were not relatives, had a "jailhouse romance" before they disappeared from the Lauderdale County Detention Center on April 29. Vicky White was due to retire on the day they fled.

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Washington Post, New York Times win Pulitzers

The Washington Post won the Pulitzer Prize in public service journalism for its coverage of the Jan. 6, 2021, attack on the Capitol by a mob of former President Donald Trump's supporters. The New York Times staff took the international reporting prize for the newspaper's examination of failures in America's air war across the Middle East. The Times also won a national reporting award for its investigation of deadly police traffic stops. Salamishah Tillet, a Times contributing critic at large, won in the criticism category for her work on race in the arts and culture. The Miami Herald was among the other winners announced Monday, for its coverage of the deadly collapse of a Surfside, Florida, oceanfront condominium building.

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Biden announces deal to expand internet access

President Biden announced Monday that his administration has reached an agreement with 20 internet providers — including AT&T, Comcast, and Verizon — to provide discounted high-speed internet service to low-income Americans. "Over the last few months, my administration has worked closely with internet providers — this is a case where big business stepped up — urging them to cut their prices and raise their speeds," Biden said. "I'm trying to get others to do the same thing with inflation, but these guys are the best." Biden has repeatedly blamed high inflation rates on corporate greed. Biden said low-income families could select a provider and get "high-speed internet at no cost in most cases."

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'A Strange Loop' leads Tony nominations with 11

A Strange Loop got 11 Tony Award nominations on Monday, more than any other show. The new musical, written by Michael R. Jackson, looks at the doubts of an aspiring writer. It already has won the Pulitzer Prize in Drama. In the closely watched best-new-musical category, it is competing with: MJ, a biographical jukebox musical about Michael Jackson; Paradise Square, about race relations in 19th-century New York; Six, about Henry VIII's wives; Girl From the North Country, about a Depression-era Minnesota boarding house; and Mr. Saturday Night, a stage remake of the Billy Crystal film. The 2022 Tonys will be the first to honor shows that opened after the coronavirus pandemic shut down theaters and other public spaces in 2020.

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