NILES, Mich. (AP) -- It's a whopper of a fish story. Michigan officials confirm Rodney Akey has set a new state record for flathead catfish. The angler reeled in a fish that weighed just under 50 pounds and was more than 45 inches long. The whale of catfish breaks a record that stood for nearly seven decades. He caught the fish on the St. Joseph River. Akey says he's been fishing the river for 20 years, but never thought he land the biggest catfish yet.
CHASE, Kan. (AP) -- Joyce Ward's 1976 Mother's Day present keeps growing and growing. It was a tiny cactus plant. The cactus is now more than three stories tall -- way too big for Ward's Chase, Kansas, home. Years ago, her husband Ed took the growing cactus to the machine shop where he's a foreman. Over the years, the cactus has been transplanted into ever bigger pots. Now, it's in an 8-foot-by-8-foot container built into a trailer. The cactus has another surprise in store for the Wards. They tell the Wichita Eagle newspaper it's about to bloom for the first time since '76.
COLLEGE PARK, Ga. (AP) -- The bride wore black -- but it wasn't supposed to be that way. Shalita Harris was getting ready for her wedding over the weekend, when the sprinkler system turned on in her dressing room. Harris and her bridesmaids were covered in a black, oily liquid. Six of the eight bridesmaids were sent to a hospital for a checkup. But the College Park, Georgia, wedding went ahead as planned -- with stained dresses. The manager of the hotel where the wedding took place tells WSB-TV they don't know what caused the problem. But the manager says the dressing room was the only one with the sprinkler issue.
EAGLE SCOUT FAMILY
BLOOMINGTON, Ind. (AP) -- Alex Ebbinghouse is the ninth and newest Eagle Scout in his family. The Bloomington, Indiana, teen follows in the footsteps of family members, including his grandfather, his dad and his uncles. Alex tells The Herald-Times newspaper it was kind of expected, because everyone else in his family was an Eagle Scout. But it almost didn't happen. Alex says he finally completed all of the requirements just days before the deadline -- his 18th birthday.
PHOENIX (AP) -- Robert Pazderka's home soon will be his castle. He's spent nearly one and a-half million bucks for a castle in the Phoenix area. It's got secret passages, a dungeon and a drawbridge. But even though the price tag was well into the seven figures, the castle is a fixer-upper. Pazderka says he plans to spend up to five mil for renovations. But the castle has been a financial nightmare for previous owners, with each ending up in bankruptcy and foreclosure. Pazderka owns an company that makes armored cars and trucks. He tells the Arizona Republic he hopes the castle will get some publicity for his company.
LAKE FREIGHTER TOUR
MONTPELIER, Vt. (AP) -- It's an old school cruise. The Vermont-based sailing freighter Lois McClure is going to spend the summer touring the waterways of Quebec, Ontario and New York. The McClure is an exact replica of the vessels that carried cargo in the region in the 1800's. The voyage is to help commemorate the 200th anniversary of the War of 1812 -- fought by the United States and Great Britain.
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