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Leno praised, picked on

Jay Leno was honored Sunday night as he received the Mark Twain Prize for American Humor at the Kennedy Center in Washington. Jimmy Fallon, who replaced Leno this year on ‘‘The Tonight Show’’ after Leno stepped down, was one of many who paid tribute and poked fun at the stand-up comic-turned-late-night host. Fallon said it was a good time to honor Leno, ‘‘a man who has done so much for NBC, so much that we had to celebrate his career on PBS.’’ On the red carpet before the show, Leno, 64, said ‘‘The Tonight Show’’ years were the best of his life. He said Fallon is bringing ‘‘a new dynamic’’ to the show, and ‘‘it’s fun to see it change.’’ ‘‘The truth is, my time was done,’’ Leno said later in accepting the prize. ‘‘When I left ‘The Tonight Show,’ I didn’t leave dead broke like Bill and Hillary [Clinton]. I was able to save.’’ The award honors people who have had an impact in the tradition of Samuel Clemens, the writer, satirist, and social commentator better known as Mark Twain. Past honorees include Carol Burnett, Ellen DeGeneres, Will Ferrell, and Bill Cosby. The show will be broadcast Nov. 23 on PBS. (AP)


Expect royal baby in April

The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge have confirmed that their second baby is due in April — the first time they have offered a month for the royal birth. Kensington Palace also said in a statement Monday that the duchess, who has been sidelined by prolonged morning sickness, continues to improve. There was no word on the baby’s gender. The former Kate Middleton and Prince William are scheduled to welcome Singapore President Tony Tan when he arrives on a state visit this week. The duchess is also expected to attend the Wildlife Photographer of the Year 2014 award ceremony. She canceled several engagements after her second pregnancy was announced in September. She also had acute morning sickness during her pregnancy with Prince George, who was born in July 2013. (AP)