Less than two weeks before the release of the new "Star Wars" movie, George Lucas received the nation's highest award for lifetime achievement in the arts.

Lucas, along with singer-songwriter Carole King, actress and singer Rita Moreno, conductor Seiji Ozawa and actress Cicely Tyson were celebrated at Sunday night's Kennedy Center Honors. President Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama held a reception for the honorees at the White House late Sunday afternoon, where the president said Lucas created films with "timeless themes and cutting-edge technology."

Lucas created the "Star Wars" and "Indiana Jones" movie franchises. Stephen Colbert hosted the gala — to be broadcast Dec. 29 on CBS — for the second time.

Slain N.D. student's case on '60 Minutes'

Lesley Stahl of CBS TV's "60 Minutes" brought national attention to the case of a North Dakota college student who was recruited to become a confidential informant for a drug task force and ended up dead. A segment aired Sunday night about Andrew Sadek, 20, who got in trouble for selling $80 worth of marijuana to another informant and agreed to wear a wire and make undercover drug buys on his community college campus. He disappeared May 1, 2014; his body was found on the Minnesota side of the Red River almost two months later. His mother, Tammy Sadek, said she believes he was killed because of his involvement with police. She told Stahl that if she had known that her son was pressured by police into being an informant, "We'd have gotten him a lawyer and told him, 'No.' "

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Baby brother: Kim Kardashian and Kanye West welcomed a baby boy Saturday in Los Angeles. There was no immediate word on the baby's name. This is the second child for the stellar couple: Daughter North was born in 2013. Kardashian, 35, and West, 38, were married last year in Florence, Italy, in a gala ceremony filmed for E!'s "Keeping Up With the Kardashians."

emergency landing: A plane carrying actor Morgan Freeman and his pilot blew a tire on takeoff from a Mississippi airport and made an emergency landing in which its landing gear collapsed and the plane ran off a runway. Freeman said in a statement that neither he nor his pilot was hurt but "I cannot say the same about my plane." Freeman said he was heading to Texas from Mississippi aboard his plane to shoot a segment for the series "The Story of God."

Associated Press