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Mourners and well-wishers leave flowers and signs at a makeshift memorial across the street from the Chabad of Poway Synagogue in April 2019 in Poway, Calif. Photo: Sandy Huffaker/AFP via Getty Images

A 22-year-old man was sentenced to life in federal prison Tuesday after receiving a state life sentence three months ago for committing a mass shooting at the Chabad of Poway synagogue in 2019.

The big picture: John T. Earnest killed one worshipper and wounded three others with a semiautomatic rifle on the last day of Passover in 2019 and told a 911 dispatcher that he was "defending our nation against the Jewish people."

  • In September, Earnest avoided the death penalty through an agreement with prosecutors and was sentenced to life in prison without the possibility of parole.

The latest: Earnest was sentenced to life plus 30 years in prison after pleading guilty to federal hate crimes in September, per a Justice Department statement.

  • U.S. District Judge Anthony Battaglia said on Tuesday the federal and state sentences would run one after another and denied the defense attorney's request for Earnest to stay in state prison, AP reports.

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Updated Jan 10, 2022 - World

Myanmar court sentences Suu Kyi to 4 more years in prison

Myanmar's democratically elected leader Aung San Suu Kyi at the Hague in the Netherlands in 2019. Photo: Koen Van Weel/ANP/AFP via Getty Images

A Myanmar court sentenced the country's ousted leader, Aung San Suu Kyi, on Monday to an additional four years in prison on charges related to illegally importing and owning walkie-talkies and for breaking pandemic rules, per AP.

Why it matters: It's the latest verdict in a slew of cases brought by Myanmar's military junta that could see the 76-year-old Nobel laureate imprisoned for the rest of her life.

1 hour ago - World

Pentagon: 8,500 troops on high alert for possible deployment to eastern Europe

Photo: Anna Moneymaker/Getty Images

Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin has placed 8,500 U.S. troops on "heightened preparedness to deploy" to eastern Europe in case NATO activates its rapid-response force over tensions with Russia, the Pentagon announced Monday.

Why it matters: No decisions have been made to actually deploy U.S. forces, but the heightened alert level will allow the military to rapidly shore up NATO's eastern flank in the event that Russia invades Ukraine. The Pentagon warned that Russia has shown "no signs of de-escalating," and continues to amass troops on Ukraine's borders.

Updated 2 hours ago - Economy & Business

S&P 500 on track for worst-ever start to year

Data: FactSet; Chart: Axios Visuals

Stocks suffered their steepest drop of the year early Monday, putting the S&P 500 on course for its worst-ever start to a year.

Driving the news: The benchmark S&P 500 dropped for its fifth straight day, with losses nearing 3% in early trading, momentarily putting it on track to fall into a "correction." Some of the steepest losses were recovered in early afternoon trading.