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School's Darth Vader purchase questioned

TAMPA, Fla., Nov. 8 (UPI) -- Florida state lawmakers are questioning a university's decision to spend $10,000 on items including statues of Darth Vader and a Stormtrooper.
Harry Potter tallies 6 Scream awards

Harry Potter tallies 6 Scream awards

LOS ANGELES, Oct. 16 (UPI) -- Harry Potter-mania was alive and well in Hollywood this weekend where the teenage wizard's blockbuster film franchise was saluted at the annual Scream Awards.

Wookieleaks parodies WikiLeaks

WASHINGTON, July 31 (UPI) -- Star Wars fans are having a great time parodying the whistle-blower Web site WikiLeaks, using Twitter and the label #Wookieleaks, observers said.
'Darth Vader' robs bank

'Darth Vader' robs bank

SETAUKET, N.Y., July 23 (UPI) -- Police in New York state said the man who robbed a Chase bank branch was armed with a pistol and dressed as "Star Wars" villain Darth Vader.
Bilson, Christensen take a break

Bilson, Christensen take a break

LOS ANGELES, June 18 (UPI) -- Hollywood couple Rachel Bilson and Hayden Christensen, who announced their engagement last year, are now taking a break, a source told UsMagazine.com.

'Star Wars' villains visit fifth-graders

PERRYSBURG, Ohio, June 2 (UPI) -- Fifth-graders leaving their Ohio elementary school for the last time were treated to a "Star Wars" event as a prize for winning a Web site contest.

Jesus, Mickey Mouse get write-in votes

KENT, Wash., Sept. 17 (UPI) -- Election officials in Washington state said a school board primary resulted in write-in votes for Mickey Mouse, Jesus, Captain Hook and Darth Vader.
Vader portrayer treated for cancer

Vader portrayer treated for cancer

NEW YORK, March 19 (UPI) -- British actor David Prowse says he has been undergoing radiotherapy for two months to treat prostrate cancer, the New York Daily News reported.
Obama battles Darth Vader in toy set

Obama battles Darth Vader in toy set

TOKYO, Jan. 24 (UPI) -- U.S. President Barack Obama is now available as a tie-wearing action figure battling Darth Vader with a light saber, a Japanese doll maker says.

Atlantic Eye: Australian milestones

SYDNEY, Sept. 26 (UPI) -- Australians pride themselves on being independent, fair-minded, rugged and tough. There is a new generation of political leaders led by Kevin Rudd and Malcolm Turnbull. But former Attorney General Philip Ruddock represents the best of the last generation. He celebrates 35 years in Parliament.
MARC S. ELLENBOGEN, UPI International Columnist

Jockstrip: The world as we know it.

'Darth Vader' spared jail after attack … Farmer: Vandals spray-painted goats … Boy Scouts find voodoo dolls … Beetles found in package from Taiwan … The world as we know it from UPI.

'Darth Vader' spared jail after attack

HOLYHEAD, Wales, May 15 (UPI) -- A Welsh judge has spared a man who dressed as "Star Wars" villain Darth Vader and attacked two fans of the iconic film series a stay in jail.

Arrest warrant issued for 'Darth Vader'

HOLYHEAD, Wales, April 23 (UPI) -- A Welsh judge has issued an arrest warrant for a man who allegedly assaulted two "Star Wars" fans while dressed as the intergalactic villain Darth Vader.
'Deal or No Deal' gets 'Star Wars' theme

'Deal or No Deal' gets 'Star Wars' theme

BURBANK, Calif., April 8 (UPI) -- A special "Star Wars"-themed edition of the hit U.S. television game show "Deal or No Deal" is set to air later this month, NBC announced.

'Darth Vader' assaults Jedi church founder

HOLYHEAD, Wales, March 28 (UPI) -- A Holyhead, Wales, "Star Wars" fan said he was filming a TV interview in his backyard when a man dressed as Darth Vader jumped his fence and assaulted him.

Commentary: Time for smart power

WASHINGTON, Dec. 4 (UPI) -- Why did President Bush raise the specter of World War III on Oct. 3 when he had known for at least six months what the gist of the National Intelligence Estimate would say? The key questions for talking heads on television programs are what did the president know and when did he know it?
ARNAUD DE BORCHGRAVE, UPI Editor at Large

Lucas working on 'Star Wars' TV show

LOS ANGELES, Oct. 17 (UPI) -- Hollywood producer George Lucas recently began working on a live-action "Star Wars" TV series that focuses on minor characters from his blockbuster films.

Halloween costumes inspired by films

LOS ANGELES, Oct. 4 (UPI) -- Jack Sparrow and Catwoman could be the two most popular Hollywood-inspired costumes seen this Halloween, a new U.S. survey of film fans revealed.

'Star Wars' a force in man's collectibles

BALTIMORE, July 2 (UPI) -- Thirty years' worth of memorabilia from the "Star Wars" saga took up one man's room, then a hallway and now a portion of a Baltimore museum.

'Robot Chicken' does 'Star Wars' spoof

LOS ANGELES, June 3 (UPI) -- George Lucas has given his OK for "Robot Chicken," created by Seth Green and Matthew Senreich for Cartoon Network, to do a 30-minute "Star Wars" special.

Storm troopers are the good guys on Earth

LOS ANGELES, May 21 (UPI) -- Darth Vader and Imperial storm troopers will break from quelling the rebel alliance to go to Los Angeles to mark 30 years since "Star Wars" premiered.

New 'Star Wars' exhibition in Britain

LONDON, May 5 (UPI) -- "Star Wars" World in London, a tribute to the popular film series' 30th anniversary, is reportedly the largest "Star Wars" display ever mounted in Britain.

Yoda the master so far in USPS vote

WASHINGTON, April 19 (UPI) -- Jedi master Yoda has a slight edge, he does, over Darth Vader, as voters across the United States weigh in on America's favorite "Star Wars" postage stamp.

'Star Wars' stamps revealed

LOS ANGELES, March 29 (UPI) -- Fans of the "Star Wars" movies have begun voting online for their favorite characters that will be featured on 15 U.S. postage stamps in late May.

'Star Wars' joins Pasadena's Rose parade

PASADENA, Calif., Dec. 29 (UPI) -- The Tournament of Roses parade in Pasadena, Calif., plans to feature "Star Wars" floats with Darth Vader and 200 storm troopers.
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