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Actor and convicted sex offender Bill Cosby has been sentenced by a Pennsylvania judge to three to 10 years in state prison.

The details: Cosby was denied bail and ordered to be jailed immediately, per the AP. In addition to the prison sentence, the judge declared Cosby "a sexually violent predator," meaning he must undergo lifetime counseling, appear on a sex offender registry and report quarterly to authorities.

The backdrop: The 81-year-old comedian was convicted in April on three counts of aggravated assault for drugging and sexually assaulting a woman in 2004. He has been accused of sexual misconduct or rape by more than 60 women, but none of the other allegations have resulted in criminal charges.

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Live list: The "Facebook Papers" arrive

Illustration: Annelise Capossela/Axios

Reports based on leaked whistleblower documents from Facebook, known as the Facebook Papers, appeared in a broad range of news outlets Monday, shedding light on what company knew about harms caused on its platform and how it handled that information.

Why it matters: The reports paint a detailed picture of Facebook's efforts over the years to grapple with major problems — from hate speech to inciting violence — while continuing to pursue its business objectives.

U.S. will now allow private citizens to sponsor Afghan refugees

A family boards a bus at the airport that will take them to a refugee processing center after being evacuated from Kabul. Photo: Anna Moneymaker/Getty Images

Americans wanting to help vulnerable Afghan refugees now have a new way to get involved through a new U.S. private refugee sponsorship program announced Monday.

  • Groups of at least 5 adults can apply, complete background checks and start fundraising the $2,275 per refugee required.

Why it matters: It’s a big shift in the U.S refugee process, which has long relied on non-profits.

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What we’re watching during the final countdown to COP26

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This is shaping up as a critical week for climate policy in the U.S. and worldwide.

Driving the news: Democrats are in the final stages of trying to craft the big social spending and climate package they're trying to move on a thread-the-needle party-line vote.

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