While cities are still competing for the not yet built Lucas Cultural Arts Museum, parts of the collection are already on display. The "Star Wars Identities" traveling exhibition, currently at the Cite du Cinema in Saint-Denis, France, features 200 objects from George Lucas' collection — including the costumes of Chewbacca, Han Solo and Princess Leia Organa. Patrick Kovarik/AFP/Getty Images hide caption

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Never Tell Them The Odds: Cities Vie To Host 'Star Wars' Collection

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Online Gambling Dealt A Blow To State Expansion

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A sample of microbeads collected in Lake Erie. The beads, made of plastic, are a popular ingredient in skin care products. Carolyn Box/AP/Courtesy 5gyres.org hide caption

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Why Those Tiny Microbeads In Soap May Pose Problem For Great Lakes

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The ranks of bicycle commuters are growing, though men are almost three times more likely than women to ride to work. Tobias Ackeborn/iStockphoto hide caption

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Across The U.S., Bicycle Commuting Picks Up Speed

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New York And Chicago Bring E-Cigs Under Umbrella Of Tobacco Laws

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The Chicago skyline. The city's police chief says his officers can't keep up with the number of illegal weapons on the city's streets. Carolyn Kaster/AP hide caption

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After Violent Weekend, Feds Create Unit To Combat Chicago Crime

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Chicago Doctor Among Those Killed In Afghan Hospital Attack

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Workers shrink-wrap products at the Sertoma Centre outside Chicago. Sertoma provides employment opportunities to about 250 people with disabilities through subcontracting jobs. Courtesy of Sertoma Centre hide caption

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Subminimum Wages For The Disabled: Godsend Or Exploitation?

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About 1,000 homes were damaged or destroyed by a tornado in Washington, Ill., last November. Some senators are pushing for a better disaster formula for communities to get financial help. Tasos Katopodis/Getty Images hide caption

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States, Lawmakers Want Feds To Use New Math For FEMA Calculations

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Illinois' health insurance marketplace is working to sign up Hispanics. About 29 percent of Latinos in the U.S. are uninsured. AP hide caption

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Latinos Wary Of All-Out Push To Sign Up For ACA

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On a typical weekday, riders make a total of about 300,000 trips on the Chicago Metra commuter line. M. Spencer Green/AP hide caption

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Commuters Ditch Cars For Public Transit In Record Numbers

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Eliot Ness is credited with assembling a team of federal agents who took down Al Capone in Chicago in the 1930s. The Plain Dealer/Landov hide caption

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Move To Honor Prohibition-Era 'Untouchable' Hits A Snag

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Law Aims To Keep Chicago From Becoming Petcoke Dumping Ground

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As a Test Gets Phased Out In Chicago, Some Boycott Its Final Year

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Yuvania Maldonado, a counselor for President Obama's health care law, speaks with Chicago taxi driver Mohammad Chaudri at a city office where taxi drivers go to renew their license. M. Spencer Green/AP hide caption

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Flagging Down Taxi Drivers To Sign Up For Obamacare

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