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California man defrauds state, loses Star Wars collection

SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - The force is no longer with Eric Hodgson, a California man who gave up a collection of Star Wars memorabilia worth more than $10,000 in a plea deal to charges that he defrauded a state agency out of nearly $1.9 million. Full story

Honoring opera to 'Star Wars,' Obama awards arts medals to 24

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Citing the power of artists and academics to open minds, President Barack Obama on Wednesday awarded 24 medals to people including "Star Wars" creator George Lucas and writer Joan Didion who he said touched his life and the lives of Americans. Full story

Hot Google searches: ‘Star Wars,’ ‘Siberia’

   Google trends manager Kevin Allocca chats about what people were searching for online this weekend, including a new book that translates the first “Star Wars” film into Shakespearean language and the new reality show “Siberia.”

'Star Wars' Chewbacca actor Peter Mayhew detained by TSA for light saber cane

Everyone has his own way to deal with airport security -- some go with the flow, some show up naked. But the man who played Chewbacca in the "Star Wars" films had a different approach: Last week, when confronted with TSA agents who thought his cane looked suspicious, Peter Mayhew reached for his Twi Full story

5 million piece Lego X-Wing took 17 thousand hours to build

   See how the largest Lego structure ever built was assembled as a tribute to Star Wars. NBCNews.com's Todd Kenreck reports.

Future Star Wars games to use ultra-realistic game engine

   Electronic Arts is creating a new game studio to just create Star Wars games using the Frostbite 3 Engine. NBCNews.com's Todd Kenreck reports.

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