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Abby Huntsman says she's leaving 'The View'

Abby Huntsman, a panelist on ABC's daytime talk show "The View," said Monday she's leaving to help run her father's campaign for governor of Utah and spend more time with her family.

Huntsman joined the show in September 2018 and her departure will leave Meghan McCain as the show's only real conservative voice.

While "The View" features celebrity guests, it is becoming best known for its fiery political talk and is an important stop for presidential candidates looking to reach an audience dominated by women.

Jon Huntsman announced in November that he would be seeking a third term as Utah governor, although he hasn't done that job for a decade. He's spent time as U.S. ambassador to Russia in the interim. He asked his daughter to be a senior adviser to the campaign.

"I told my dad, if 'The View' taught me anything, it taught me how to fight," Huntsman said.

Her last day will be Friday.

Store gives 'Star Wars' record back to Hamill

The force was strong enough at an Arizona store to reunite Luke Skywalker with his long-lost vinyl record.

Actor Mark Hamill is praising workers at Bookmans Entertainment Exchange in Flagstaff for returning the "Star Wars: A New Hope" soundtrack that had been a gift from film composer John Williams.

Hamill said in a tweet Saturday that it felt "totally unexpected & positively surreal" to get back the record he hadn't seen since the early 1990s. He commended the store about 145 miles north of Phoenix for being honest and not selling it.

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"I happily offered to sign any ("Star Wars") items they sent me," the actor wrote.

Williams had written on the vinyl's sleeve: "Dear Mark Hamill, May the force always be with us."

The record was one of numerous "Star Wars" items brought in by a woman after her father's death in 2018, the Arizona Daily Sun reported. Employees at the Arizona-based chain that sells used books, movies and CDs tried to verify the signature.

Micheil Salmons, the store's general manager, said they eventually tried reaching out to Hamill via social media. The actor confirmed it was genuine, and the vinyl was sent back to him.

Salmons said Hamill signed a DVD of "Star Wars: A New Hope" and two medals that are replicas of those given to his character and Han Solo, played by Harrison Ford, in the film.

Farrow among nominees for book critic prizes

Ronan Farrow has already won a Pulitzer Prize and George Polk Award for his reporting on Harvey Weinstein and the #MeToo movement. Now he's up for a literary honor, a National Book Critics Circle award.

Farrow was among the nominees announced this weekend by the NBCC. His "Catch and Kill: Lies, Spies, and a Conspiracy to Protect Predators," which tracks his reporting on allegations of sexual harassment and assault against Weinstein, is a finalist in autobiography. Critics also nominated Chanel Miller's "Know My Name," the acclaimed memoir by the woman sexually assaulted by Stanford University student Brock Turner.

The NBCC announced five nominees in each of six competitive categories, from fiction to poetry to criticism. Winners will be announced March 12.

Other finalists include Colson Whitehead's "The Nickel Boys" and Edwidge Danticat's "Everything Inside" in fiction, Lydia Davis' "Essays One" for criticism and George Packer's "Our Man: Richard Holbrooke and the End of the American Century" for biography.

Today's birthdays: Actress Margaret O'Brien ("Meet Me In St. Louis") is 82. Actress Andrea Martin is 73. Actor-director Mario Van Peebles is 63. Actor Chad Lowe is 52. Actor Eddie Cahill ("Conviction," ''CSI: New York") is 42. Rapper Pitbull is 39. Actress Jessy Schram ("Nashville," ''Once Upon A Time") is 34. Electronic dance musician Skrillex is 32. Actress Dove Cameron ("Liv and Maddie," ''The Descendants") is 24.


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