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■ Mark Hamill has been bestowed one of Disney’s highest honors, but he can’t believe Carrie Fisher wasn ’t there to see it. Hamill and Fisher were named Disney Legends during a ceremony Friday at the company’s biannual fan convention, the D23 Expo in Anaheim, Calif. “I wish Carrie were here,” he said. “She would be making me laugh and be off camera extending her middle finger — one of her favorite gestures.” Fisher died in December. “I really wish she were here, but, she would also want us to be having a good time and not be sad,” he said. Hamill said that even hours before the ceremony, he hadn’t wrapped his head around receiving the honor, which was also bestowed Friday to Oprah Winfrey, Marvel Comics legend Stan Lee and others. Star Wars creator George Lucas and Johnny Depp were among the Disney Legends inductees in 2015. Hamill, 65, reprises his role as Luke Skywalker in Star Wars: Episode VIII — The Last Jedi, which will be released in December. Fisher also appears in the film as Skywalker’s sister, Leia Organa, a princess-turned-general.
■ The New York Times has asked a judge to toss out a defamation l aw su i t that for - mer Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin filed against it, saying there was not actual malice in a recent editorial it quickly corrected after readers complained. The newspaper said in court papers late Friday that its prompt and full correction of an editorial that referred to Palin’s political action committee nullifies her claims. Palin sued the Times in Manhattan federal court last month, saying the newspaper had accused her of inciting the mass shooting that severely wounded then-Arizona U.S. Rep. Gabby Giffords. The lawsuit referred to a June editorial in the Times on the recent shooting of U. S. Rep. Steve Scalise, R-La. In the editorial, the Times wrote that before the shooting of Giffords, Palin’s political action committee, SarahPAC, circulated a map of targeted electoral districts that put Giffords and 19 other Democrats under stylized cross hairs. The editorial was criticized by some readers who challenged the notion that the map constituted “political incitement” or that there was any “link” between it and the Arizona shootings, the Times lawyers said. They said the Times revised the online version of the editorial the next morning to remove those references and to make clear that the cross hair on the map appeared over Giffords’ district rather than over her name or image.