Jul 16, 2019

Charlottesville car attack: Heather Heyer's killer gets 2nd life sentence

A memorial for Heather Heyer. Photo: Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images

A Virginia judge told a self-professed neo-Nazi Monday while sentencing him to a second life prison term for killing a woman by driving his car into counter-protesters, "What you did was an act of terror," Reuters reports.

Details: Charlottesville Circuit Court Judge Richard Moore upheld a jury's December recommendation to sentence James Alex Fields Junior to life plus 419 years for killing Heather Heyer, 32, and for 8 counts of malicious wounding and a hit-and-run offense over the incident at a 2017 far-right rally in the city.

The big picture: A federal judge sentenced the 22-year-old in June to life in prison without parole after he pleaded guilty to 29 federal hate crimes in a plea deal in exchange for prosecutors dropping a charge that could've led to the death penalty, per NPR.

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Biden formally secures Democratic presidential nomination

Joe Biden speaks at Delaware State University's student cente on June 5. Photo: Jim Watson/AFP via Getty Images

Former Vice President Joe Biden became the formal Democratic presidential nominee on Friday evening, per AP.

The big picture: Biden has been the presumptive frontrunner to take on President Trump since Sen. Bernie Sanders suspended his campaign in early April.

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  1. Global: Total confirmed cases as of 9 p.m. ET: 6,724.516 — Total deaths: 394,018 — Total recoveries — 2,996,832Map.
  2. U.S.: Total confirmed cases as of 9 p.m. ET: 1,894,753 — Total deaths: 109,042 — Total recoveries: 491,706 — Total tested: 19,231,444Map.
  3. Public health: WHCA president says White House violated social-distancing guidelines to make reporters "a prop" — Jailing practices contribute to spread.
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  5. Jobs: Better-than-expected jobs report boosts stock market.
  6. Media: The Athletic lays off 8% of staff, implements company-wide pay cut.

Scoop: German foreign minister to travel to Israel with warning on annexation

Heiko Maas. Photo: Michael Kappeler/picture alliance via Getty Images

German Foreign Minister Heiko Maas is expected to travel to Israel next week to warn that there will be consequences if Israeli leaders move forward with plans to annex parts of the West Bank, Israeli officials and European diplomats tell me.

Why it matters: Israeli and European officials agree that if Israel goes ahead with unilateral annexation, the EU will respond with sanctions.