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Bill Cosby departs after a pretrial hearing in his sexual assault case at the Montgomery County Courthouse in Norristown, Pa., Aug. 22, 2017. He was found guilty last month on three counts. Matt Rourke/AP hide caption

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President Trump and first lady Melania Trump will skip the Kennedy Center Honors later this year. It will be the fourth time in 40 years of the event that the sitting president won't be attendance. Alex Brandon/AP hide caption

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Norman Lear, a longtime progressive, will still accept the honors at the Kennedy Center, which, he tweeted, "represents the Arts and Humanities which mean everything to me." Blair Raughley/Invision/AP hide caption

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