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2013-03-25T00:00:00Z Around the nationFrom Wire Reports From Wire Reports Arizona Daily Star
March 25, 2013 12:00 am  • 

District of Columbia

Rove: GOP could shift to back gay marriage

GOP strategist Karl Rove says he can imagine a Republican candidate in the next presidential campaign supporting gay marriage.

The statement from the former adviser to President George W. Bush appears to acknowledge that opposition to gay marriage has waned in some conservative circles.

Sen. Rob Portman, R-Ohio, announced last week that he now supports gay marriage after learning one of his sons is gay.

Rove's comment was part of a panel discussion on ABC's "This Week." He did not elaborate.

The Supreme Court is taking up two cases this week involving same-sex marriage. Tony Perkins, president of the Family Research Council, told CBS' "Face the Nation" that most Republicans still oppose gay marriage and noted that 30 states have defined marriage as between a man and a woman.

Oregon

Woman seeks $500K in alleged dog attack

EUGENE - A local couple and their landlord are being sued for almost $500,000 for an alleged 2011 attack by the couple's old dog on a passing pedestrian.

But one of the dog's owners said Harley, the dog, never attacked the woman. The woman lost her footing when the friendly, then-19-year-old dog approached her, owner Larry Burnett said.

Harley the dog is now 21, blind and deaf.

The matter will be decided in Lane County Circuit Court, where the lawsuit was filed last week by an attorney for Holly Higgins, who claims that a dog owned by Larry and Jenny Burnett ran up and jumped on her from behind as she passed the Burnett's home, The Register-Guard reported.

Higgins didn't see or hear the dog coming and said she was knocked hard to the pavement, breaking a wrist, injuring her neck and shoulder and causing severe pain and distress.

California

'The Croods' opens No. 1 at box office

LOS ANGELES - The caveman comedy "The Croods" left an indelible mark on the wall, opening at No. 1 with $44.7 million, according to Sunday studio estimates.

The 3-D adventure from DreamWorks Animation and 20th Century Fox features a voice cast including Nicolas Cage, Emma Stone and Catherine Keener. They play a prehistoric family encountering danger and strange new creatures when they're forced to find a new cave.

Opening strongly in second place with $30.5 million was "Olympus Has Fallen," an action thriller from "Training Day" director Antoine Fuqua in which North Korean terrorists take over the White House. Gerard Butler, as a Secret Service agent, leads an all-star cast that includes Aaron Eckhart as the president, Morgan Freeman and Angela Bassett.

Utah

Deleted traffic ticket spurs favoritism claim

NORTH LOGAN - A northern Utah police department is reviewing its policies after an officer was accused of showing favoritism to a pxolice chief's wife after issuing her a speeding ticket in October.

North Park Police Chief Kim Hawkes said the officer prevented the citation from being transmitted by computer to a state system that records traffic violations after learning he had issued the ticket to Logan Police Chief Gary Jensen's wife.

Hawkes last week questioned Officer Lance Wilkinson about his action after a citizen complaint, The Herald Journal reported.

After stopping the woman for going 40 mph in a 25 mph zone, Wilkinson wrote her a ticket. At some point, he asked the woman if she was married to Jensen - and she said she was.

After returning to his patrol car, Wilkinson deleted the citation so it could not be transmitted to the state system.

The Associated Press

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