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July 31, 2014 | NPR · The day began with Israel's military calling up 16,000 more reservists, stoking fears of a widening offensive in Gaza; it ended with a 72-hour cease-fire agreement between Israel and Hamas.
 
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July 26, 2014 | NPR · Hezbollah has been a longtime ally of Hamas, but during this most recent conflict between Israel and Gaza they've taken a sideline role. NPR's Scott Simon talks to the BBC's Kim Ghattas in Beirut.
 

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Jun 24, 2014 — Filmmaker George Lucas has selected the Windy City to house his collection of art and movie memorabilia. San Francisco had also reportedly been in contention.
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May 4, 2014 — Darth Vader walks the Earth today. By that, we mean he's walking all over the place. Fans of the sci-fi franchise are celebrating Star Wars Day — or May 4 for the less geek-inclined.
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Apr 29, 2014 — Newcomers John Boyega, Daisy Ridley, Adam Driver will join old favorites Harrison Ford, Carrie Fisher and Mark Hamill. The movie is due to be released Dec. 18, 2015.
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May 16, 2013 — There were some tense moments when Doctor Who fans showed up at a Star Wars convention. There was no battle between the two alien nations. But what would happen if the Doctor met Darth Vader?
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May 4, 2013 — Today is May 4, unofficially known as Star Wars Day — seemingly for the lone reason that it presents an opportunity for people to tell one another, "May the Fourth be with you." Fans of the George Lucas films are breaking out costumes and photos, and generally letting their Jedi flag fly.
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Mar 1, 2013 — He can't do a "Jedi mind meld" with Republicans, Obama said. To which fans of Star Trek and Star Wars immediately said he was mixing metaphors.
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Feb 7, 2013 — Though he may be best known for his work on Star Wars, Freeborn was already a makeup legend before those movies were made. He worked on Oliver Twist, Dr. Strangelove, 2001: A Space Odyssey and other classics.
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Jan 13, 2013 — The White House rejects a petition asking the United States to build a Star Wars inspired Death Star by 2016. Among the reasons cited: government policy "does not support blowing up planets."
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Oct 30, 2012 — The studio announced it would continue the Star Wars movie franchise with a seventh film due to be released in 2015, and others to follow. Disney also owns Marvel, which it bought for $4 billion in 2009.
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Jul 25, 2012 — Contributor Adam Frank has an op-ed in The New York Times that argues we're not going to be traveling the cosmos any time soon, if ever.
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