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Top eight stories for today including Vladimir Putin blamed NATO expansion for forcing Russia to invade Ukraine; The White House announced a partnership with internet providers to bring high-speed plans to low-income customers; New York introduced a bill that would expand abortion access for people in and out of the state, and more.

National

Biden inks deal to supply low-income homes with free internet

The White House announced a partnership Monday with 20 internet providers to bring high-speed plans to low-income customers who qualify for federal assistance, a population numbering in the tens of millions.

(Image by Andreas Breitling from Pixabay via Courthouse News)

Notorious BIG heirs square off against widow of hip-hop photog in image rights fight

The heirs of the late Notorious B.I.G. squared off in court against the widow of hip-hop photographer Chi Modu over the right to use images of the rapper on skateboards, shower curtains, and nonfungible tokens.

Notorious B.I.G. in a 1996 photograph by Chi Modu that's part of the publicity rights dispute between the heirs of the late rapper and the widow of the photographer.

Regional

New York vies to expand abortion access for those in state and out

New York announced a bill Monday that would expand abortion access for people in and out of the state once the U.S. Supreme Court follows through with its vote to overturn Roe v. Wade.

A demonstrator places a sign on the anti-scaling fence outside of the U.S. Supreme Court on May 5, 2022, in Washington. A draft opinion suggests the U.S. Supreme Court could be poised to overturn the landmark 1973 Roe v. Wade case that legalized abortion nationwide. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)

Trial on deadly NYC street rampage heaves open with schizophrenia defense

A lawyer for the U.S. Navy veteran who killed a teenage tourist after driving his red Honda Accord the wrong way up Seventh Avenue and into at least 20 other pedestrians laid out his client’s insanity defense Monday for the start of their long-delayed trial.

A smashed car sits on the corner of Broadway and 45th Street in New York's Times Square after several were injured when the car was driven into a crowd of pedestrians on May 18, 2017. Richard Rojas, the man behind the wheel of the car that barreled through crowds of pedestrians in New York City's Times Square, killing a woman and injuring 22 other people, finally went on trial on Monday, May 9, 2022, after various delays over five years, including pandemic-induced court shutdowns. (AP Photo/Seth Wenig)

International

Putin blames NATO for pushing Russia into invasion

Contrary to fears of many in the West and Ukraine, Russian President Vladimir Putin on Monday delivered a Victory Day speech in Moscow’s Red Square that did not mark a dangerous escalation of the war in Ukraine. 

Russian President Vladimir Putin attends a wreath-laying ceremony at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier after a military parade marking the 77th anniversary of the end of World War II in Moscow, Russia, on Monday, May 9, 2022. (Anton Novoderezhkin, Sputnik, Kremlin Pool Photo via AP)

Vandalism of iconic Asger Jorn painting called callous breach of trust

It’s been little over a week since the provocative artist Ibi-Pippi Orup Hedegaard glued her signature on the painting “The Disquieting Duckling," and the Museum Jorn doesn't know whether the piece can be restored.

Asger Jorn´s iconic painting "The Disquieting Duckling" was vandalized by the provocative artist Ibi Pippi Orup Hedegaard (Museum Jorn)

‘Chaos’ over Mexico City: Air traffic official resigns amid safety controversy

The head of Mexico’s air navigation service provider resigned Sunday after the publication of videos showing two planes almost colliding on the runway at the Mexico City International Airport Saturday night. 

Airplanes line up for takeoff at the Mexico City International Airport in this photo taken from the airport's Twitter account. (Twitter via Courthouse News)

Malian war crimes suspect kicks off defense at The Hague

Lawyers for the former head of the Islamic police force in Timbuktu told the International Criminal Court on Monday that Islamic justice saved the city from chaos, rather than oppressing its population. 

Al Hassan Ag Abdoul Aziz Ag Mohamed Ag Mahmoud listens to opening arguments in the start of his trial at the International Criminal Court on On Feb. 15, 2021, for crimes against humanity and war crimes committed in Timbuktu, Mali. (Photo courtesy of ICC via Courthouse News)

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