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2013-07-15T00:00:00Z Around the nationFrom Wire Reports From Wire Reports Arizona Daily Star
July 15, 2013 12:00 am  • 

California

'Despicable 2' tops box office again

LOS ANGELES - Universal's minions ran away with the box office for the second week in a row.

With $44.8 million in domestic ticket sales Friday through Sunday, the animated sequel "Despicable Me 2" outdid the debuts of the Adam Sandler comedy "Grown Ups 2" and director Guillermo del Toro's monsters-versus-robots action flick "Pacific Rim."

The weekend's No. 1 movie featuring Steve Carell as ex-supervillain Gru made another $55.5 million overseas.

That brought its global two-week total to $472.4 million, according to studio estimates Sunday.

Sony was pleased with Sandler's second-best movie opening of his career with $42.5 million in sales in the U.S. and Canada (His best domestic opening was "The Longest Yard" from 2005 with $58.6 million over four days.)

Texas

AG Abbott launches gubernatorial bid

SAN ANTONIO - Already well-known in political circles and extremely well-financed, Attorney General Greg Abbott launched his gubernatorial campaign Sunday, hoping to seize the fiercely socially conservative mantle of Gov. Rick Perry that has helped make Texas the country's largest red state.

The campaign kickoff in downtown San Antonio came 29 years to the day after a freak accident left Abbott partially paralyzed. Still, the announcement was no surprise. The state's top cop since December 2002, Abbott has raised more than $22.7 million and hasn't hidden his ambition to live in the governor's mansion.

Abbott, 55, called his accident, "my greatest fight" and said Sunday "it was a challenge that made my even being here highly improbable."

Hundreds of sweaty supporters in Plaza Juarez near the famous River Walk cheered while trying desperately to cut the heat with yellow-and-blue paper fans bearing Abbott's name over the words "Fast cars, firearms and freedom - it's a Texas thing."

Michigan

Events mark 100th for President Ford

GRAND RAPIDS - Two ceremonies in Grand Rapids and a public television documentary broadcast Sunday marked the centennial of President Gerald Ford's birth.

Ford, born July 14, 1913, represented western Michigan in the U.S. House before Republican President Richard Nixon named him as vice president in 1974 to replace Spiro Agnew. Ford became president with Nixon's own resignation that year but lost the race for a full term in 1976 to Democrat Jimmy Carter.

A presidential wreath-laying ceremony was held Sunday afternoon at Ford's tomb. It was followed by the unveiling of a scale model of the USS Gerald R. Ford in the lobby of the Ford Presidential Museum. The $12.8 billion aircraft carrier is under construction.

Missouri

Kids in car snooze through auto theft

INDEPENDENCE - Two children who were sleeping in a car when it was stolen from an Independence motel were still snoozing when officers rescued them.

The Kansas City Star reported that the car was stolen early Sunday while the mother was checking into America's Best Value Inn. She had left the children unattended with the keys in the car.

Shortly after midnight, Independence police alerted law enforcement agencies across the area. Kansas City officers called about 45 minutes after recovering the car. The children were still asleep and unharmed in the car. They were reunited with their mother.

The Associated Press

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