There's no mistaking the similarities. A childhood on a dusty farm, a love of fast vehicles, a rebel who battles an overpowering empire - George Lucas is the hero he created, Luke Skywalker. That's why this week's announcement that Lucas is selling the "Star Wars" franchise.
The 18-year-old girlfriend of a 40-year-old former firefighter shot and killed in a gunfight with San Diego police has been charged with carjacking, robbery and criminal threats in an alleged crime spree that preceded it.
Union leaders and management officials for Northern California-based Raley's are back at the bargaining table in a last-ditch effort to avoid what would be the first strike in the chain's 77-year history.
Scientists say initial sampling of Mars' atmosphere by the NASA rover Curiosity did not definitively detect methane, a gas that can be a clue to determining if the red planet ever was hospitable to microbial life.