At this moment in the era of Peak TV, any old notions about major movie stars like Kirstin Dunst making a transition to television are kaput, with some of Hollywood's biggest names starring in groundbreaking series that are proving more challenging than much of what the big screen currently has to offer.

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The democratization of American higher education was one of the vibrant, if hard-won, victories of the 20th century in the United States. Thanks especially to public colleges and universities (including community colleges), but also due to civil rights legislation and its acceleration of desegregation and co-education, increased access to private education beyond the wealthy, and other related factors, America grudgingly stumbled into an era where pretty much everyone could access some form of affordable and high quality education. Access was never equal. Inequities remained severe across class, racial, and other divides. But higher education did shift from a habit largely left to the elite to a widely recognized common good. How else were we to build an informed citizenry to build a more just and humane world?

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On Wednesday, ABC announced that former White House press secretary Sean Spicer will be a contestant in the next edition of its hugely popular "Dancing with the Stars" show.

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Federal prosecutors accused a former military medical records technician of bilking millions of dollars from thousands of US servicemembers and veterans in a far-reaching identity theft scheme, according to court documents unsealed Wednesday.

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A coalition of environmental groups are taking the Trump administration to court over changes they say will weaken the Endangered Species Act.

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Almost 50 large wildfires are burning in a dozen US states from Texas to Alaska.

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Fires are raging at a record rate in Brazil's Amazon rainforest, and scientists warn that it could strike a devastating blow to the fight against climate change.

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Two American service members were killed in action Wednesday in Afghanistan, the NATO-led international military coalition in Kabul said.

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Donald Trump won't be going to Denmark in 10 days. Because the Danes won't sell him Greenland.

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