Daniel Handler — a.k.a. Lemony Snicket — apologized Thursday for his "ill-conceived attempts at humor" during the National Book Awards ceremony Wednesday. Robin Marchant/Getty Images hide caption

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Sen. Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) will take over as Senate majority leader in the new term in January. Win McNamee/Getty Images hide caption

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Mike Nichols was an ultimate Hollywood insider who won every major show business award directing for stage, film and TV. But his life in America began as an immigrant from Germany. Nichols was honored with an AFI Life Achievement Award in June 2010. Kevin Winter/Getty Images for AFI hide caption

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In her speech Wednesday night in New York, Ursula K. Le Guin declared, "The name of our beautiful reward is not profit. Its name is freedom." Robin Marchant/Getty Images hide caption

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Neil Gaiman, left, and Ursula K. Le Guin attend the 2014 National Book Awards, where Le Guin was recognized, on Wednesday in New York City. Robin Marchant/Getty Images hide caption

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Comedian and actor Bill Cosby, seen here performing in September, is facing several new allegations of sexual assault. Ethan Miller/Getty Images hide caption

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A tiny selection of the flavor compounds in pumpkin and pumpkin-pie spices is enough to make our brain think, "Ah, pumpkin pie!" when we drink a pumpkin pie latte. Ashley MacKinnon/Flickr hide caption

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