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The litigants in a lawsuit against Dartmouth College (Mary Altaffer/AP)


Seven graduate students are suing Dartmouth College for what they say was more than a decade of sexual assault, harassment, and discrimination by three prominent professors in the psychological and brain sciences department. The suit says the college ignored the behavior of the three men, Todd Heatherton, William Kelley, and Paul Whalen, for more than 16 years. In the lawsuit, the women told stories of being forced into drinking and sex, as the professors said their academic success and future jobs hinged on their cooperation. The suit accuses Dartmouth of improperly handling investigations of the three professors, including two harassment claims made in 2002 against Heatherton.


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Jim Acosta (Manuel Balce Ceneta/AP)


U.S. District Judge Timothy J. Kelly ordered the Trump administration to restore White House press credentials to Jim Acosta, CNN’s chief White House correspondent. The White House had revoked Acosta’s credentials after an argument between President Trump and Acosta during a Nov. 7 press conference, during which Acosta refused to yield the microphone after a heated discussion with Trump. CNN sued the administration, and Kelly ruled that the administration’s actions had violated Fifth Amendment guarantees of due process. The administration plans to write new rules governing press access to the White House that it said would address Kelly’s concerns. “We will end up back in court,” Trump said later, “and we will win.”

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Charles Krupa/AP


The Canadian government reported that 2,550 Americans sought asylum in Canada during 2017, a big jump from the 395 Americans who did so in 2016. Canadian officials explained that most of the asylum-seekers were the American-born children of Haitians who had been in the United States under the 2010 Temporary Protected Status program. The Trump administration had sought to end the TPS program, prompting Haitians and their American children to seek entry into Canada. The Canadian government, however, emphasized that asylum in Canada would not necessarily lead to permanent residence in that country.


Roy Clark (AP)


Country music star Roy Clark, best known for co-hosting the TV show Hee Haw, died on Nov. 15 of complications from pneumonia. Clark, 85, had received one Grammy Award and seven CMA awards during his career and was a member of the Country Music Hall of Fame and the Grand Ole Opry. He played numerous instruments, including guitar, banjo, fiddle, mandolin, and harmonica, and his hit songs included “The Tips of My Fingers” (1963), “Yesterday When I Was Young” (1969), “Come Live With Me” (1973), and “Honeymoon Feeling” (1974).

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William Goldman (Ray Amati/Getty Images)


Oscar-winning screenwriter William Goldman died on Nov. 16 of complications from colon cancer and pneumonia. His screenwriting credits include Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid and All the President’s Men. He also turned his novel The Princess Bride into a screenplay. His novels included Marathon Man, Magic, and The Temple of Gold, and Goldman considered himself a novelist first and a screenwriter second. Still, filmmaker Aaron Sorkin hailed Goldman as “the dean of American screenwriters.”


The first female soldier has passed the Special Forces Assessment and Selection, making her an eligible candidate for the Green Berets. Several women have tried but failed to pass the test since January 2016 when the Department of Defense opened all armed combat positions to females. The successful candidate, unidentified for security reasons, must now pass the Special Forces Qualification Course. Defense Secretary Jim Mattis has said the number of women in combat positions is too small currently to make a judgment on their success.