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The Metropolitan Correctional Center, where Jeffrey Epstein was held after his arrest. Photo: Peter Foley/Bloomberg via Getty Images

A pair of Bureau of Prisons workers who guarded Jeffrey Epstein the night he died by suicide in prison have admitted to falsifying records about their routines that night, AP reports.

Why it matters: Epstein, the millionaire sex offender who was arrested on sex trafficking charges in 2019, died despite his detention in one of the most secure jails in America. It was a "major embarrassment for the Bureau of Prisons (BOP) and cast a spotlight on the agency, which has also been besieged by serious misconduct in recent years," AP writes.

Details: Tova Noel and Michael Thomas were accused of sleeping and browsing on the internet instead of making their required rounds every 30 minutes during the eight-hour period. Epstein's cell was 15 feet from the guards when he killed himself in August 2019.

  • The two have entered an agreement with prosecutors and will avoid jail time. They will instead be subjected to supervised release and 100 hours of community service. They must also cooperate with the Justice Department in an ongoing probe.
    • A judge will need to approve the deal, which could come as soon as next week, per AP.
  • Both officers were working overtime that night because of longtime shortages. One was on a fifth consecutive shift of overtime, according to AP.

The big picture: The case has reignited debate over the issues plaguing the federal prison system. Union officials maintain that staff shortages put both guards and inmates at risk.

  • A congressional report released in 2019 found that senior BOP officials' "bad behavior is ignored or covered up on a regular basis," the New York Times reports.

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Epstein accuser files lawsuit alleging Prince Andrew raped her

Britain's Prince Andrew arriving for a church service at St. Mary the Virgin Church in Hillington, Norfolk, eastern England, in January 2020. Photo: Lindsey Parnaby/AFP via Getty Images

Virginia Giuffre, one of Jeffrey Epstein's longtime accusers, filed a lawsuit in New York against Prince Andrew on Monday alleging that the British royal sexually abused and raped her when she was 17 years old.

Driving the news: Giuffre alleges in the suit, filed in the U.S. District Court in Manhattan, that the sexual abuse happened on three occasions nearly two decades ago after she was "lent out for sexual purpose" to the prince. He has denied any wrongdoing.

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Scoop: Facebook exec warns of "more bad headlines"

Illustration: Annelise Capossela/Axios

In a post to staffers Saturday obtained by Axios, Facebook VP of global affairs Nick Clegg warned the company that worse coverage could be on the way: “We need to steel ourselves for more bad headlines in the coming days, I’m afraid.”

Catch up quick: Roughly two dozen news outlets had agreed to hold stories based on leaked materials from Facebook whistleblower Frances Haugen for Monday publication — but the embargo fell apart Friday night as participating newsrooms posted a batch of articles ahead of the weekend.

"Atmospheric river" to whiplash Northern California from drought to flood

A map depicting 24-hour preciptation forecast (inches) ending Monday at 5a.m. local time. Photo: NOAA

A series of powerful "atmospheric river" storms are set dump historic amounts of rainfall across parts of drought-stricken California and the Pacific Northwest from this weekend, forecasters warn.

Why it matters: A strong atmospheric river, packing large amounts of moisture, is predicted to whiplash Northern California from drought to flood.