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    Man lands elusive bass, $15,000 

    Big Al eluded capture for five years. 

    That is, until Pete Clark and his brother Jessie landed the 4-pound largemouth bass Tuesday, the largest pay day for a fish in the Hot Springs Fishing Challenge, reeling in $15,000 in the process.

    “We are overjoyed that someone has finally caught the top-prize fish,” Steve Arrison, CEO of Visit Hot Springs, told KARK

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    Anglers compete to catch tagged fish, including bass, bluegill and walleye, that can be redeemed for cash prizes. There are still 53 fish with tags worth $65,500 swimming. The Hot Springs Fishing Challenge is from April 1 to June 30. 

    Clark plans to split the winnings with his brother and will pay off his truck with his share. 

    As for Big Al, Clark plans to release him back into Lake Hamilton.

    Man visits Disneyland every day for 2,000 days

    It’s a dream for some and it could be a jail sentence for others, but one man in California has marked his 2,000th consecutive visit to the Disneyland Resort.

    Jeff Reitz, of Huntington Beach, California, started visiting the Happiest Place on Earth on Jan. 1, 2012.

    He hit the 2,000 mark on June 22.

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    Reitz was unemployed and was looking to put a smile on his face so he started making the daily trek, Disneyland said in a release.

    The theme park hadn’t even opened its Cars Land at the time.

    The Air Force veteran told KNBC, “It was something to do to keep things fun.”

    Reitz, who is 44, was going to end the daily trips after a year, but kept going, and returns to the park every evening after working at the VA Long Beach Healthcare System.

    A Disney spokesperson said that he doesn’t think there has been anyone else who can match Reitz streak.

    How can he afford to go every day considering the ticket prices can top more than $100 a day? Reitz has annual passes.

    While he enjoys many of the iconic rides, music and cast members, his favorite is ride is the one he rode when he was 2 years old with his mother, the Matterhorn Bobsleds, KNBC reported.

    Deputies shoot at dog, fatally hit teen trying to restrain it

    A teen was fatally shot by deputies after a bullet fired at a charging dog ricocheted into the boy’s chest Thursday morning.

    Los Angeles County Sheriff’s deputies responded to a call about loud music at an apartment around 3:40 a.m. when a 60 to 65 pound blue-nose pit bull bit a deputy on the left knee, according to investigators. A teen attempted to restrain the animal and took it to the back of the apartment complex, but it got loose and started charging toward deputies when they opened fire.

    “He may have been struck by one of the skip rounds in what we’re calling an extremely, extremely unfortunate incident,” Capt. Christopher Bergner told the Los Angeles Times. “Our initial impression was (the deputies) didn’t even see the individual coming around from the side of the building.”

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    Five deputies were at the scene. Two fired their pistols, unloading six to eight bullets when the dog was about 5 to 7 feet away, according to investigators. The unnamed 3-year-old pit bull was struck by a bullet but survived. However, he will be euthanized.

    The dog ran to a carport around the back of the apartment complex. When deputies moved closer they noticed the teen on the ground, wounded after being struck in the chest from a round that skipped off the ground. He was about 40 feet away and out of sight of deputies, investigators said.

    The family identified the teen as Armando Garcia-Muro, according to the Los Angeles Times

    Deputies, then paramedics treated him, before Garcia-Muno was taken to Antelope Valley Hospital, where he died.

    Garcia-Muno was the oldest of four siblings. He was about to enter his senior year of high school. 

    “He would give his life for anybody,” his mother Roberta Alcantar told the Times. “He was a very loving person.

    The L.A. County Department of Medical Examiner-Coroner, the sheriff’s Homicide Bureau and the Internal Affairs Bureau are investigating.

    Connecticut educator teaches students life lessons after being diagnosed with ALS

    Nearly 11 months after being diagnosed with Asymotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS), Connecticut educator Andrew Niblock is using his diagnosis to teach students about life.

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    Niblock, the head of the elementary school at Greenwich Country Day School in Connecticut, said he wanted to continue working after being diagnosed with the disease so that he could teach his students a lesson about life and be an example for them.

    “I want children to understand curve balls,” the father of two told ABC News. “No matter what is thrown your way […] if a kid powers through or makes the most of something later because of knowing me, that’d be great.”

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    ALS, a rare and incurable progressive neurodegenerative disease, affects nerve cells in the brain and the spinal cord and causes the brain to be unable to initiate and control muscle movement, according to the ALS Association. As a result, people may lose the ability to speak, eat, move and breathe, with some patients ending up completely paralyzed in the later stages of the disease.

    >> RELATED: Mass. teacher battling ALS fired months before earning pension

    Instead of hiding the changes occurring to his speech and mobility, Niblock is working with the school’s headmaster to create age-appropriate videos with the goal of teaching students about ALS and spreading awareness about it.

    By being open about his battle with the disease, Niblock said he hopes to convey to the students that hope is resilient.

    “Hope can drive you forward,” he said. “And I hope […] that the kids see that, and run with it.”

    Police investigate video of man kicking cat off cliff

    Police in North Carolina are investigating a viral video that appears to show a Charlotte man gleefully kick a cat off a steep hill.

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    The man apparently recorded himself abusing the animal and then posted the video to Facebook.

    As the man appears to kick the cat like a football, he can be heard exclaiming, “In the hole you go.”

    After thousands of people shared the post and the video racked up more than a million views, the man posted a second video to Facebook saying, “Thanks to all y’all haters that got me a million views.”

    Despite his apparent pride in the publicity, the Facebook posts were later removed.

    WSOCTV is not naming the man, because he isn’t facing any charges at this time.

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    Olympic spectacle upstages menswear Fashion Week in Paris

    It's rare that an event can upstage a top Paris Fashion Week show taking place in the French capital's ornate Grand Palais.

    But guests arriving at the Cerruti display witnessed one — and flocked to take in a major aquatic spectacle happening on and below the gilded Alexandre III bridge as Paris tried to woo Olympic officials in its bid to host the 2024 Summer Olympics.

    Here are the highlights of Friday's spring-summer 2018 menswear collections at Paris Fashion Week.

    OLYMPIC EVENTS VIE FOR ATTENTION WITH FASHION SHOWS

    Fashionistas gathered around cheering crowds Friday as synchronized divers plunged off diving boards on Paris' famous Alexandre III bridge, twisting in the air before splashing into the cool water.

    To boost the city's 2024 Summer Olympics bid, Paris created an ephemeral Olympic swimming pool in the River Seine.

    High-divers plunged, while trampoline athletes somersaulted inside the Petit Palais art museum. Runners raced on a floating track as the City of Light turned some of its world-famous landmarks over to sports for two days in the hopes of wowing the International Olympic Committee.

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    CERRUTI'S SALEABLE SHOW

    "Chief Creative Officer" Jason Basmajian of Cerruti 1881 brings as much a business approach to his fashion designs as an artistic one. Friday's saleable collection was a case in point.

    While the 49 looks didn't break any molds— barring the odd gold tuxedo — they were elegant, masculine and highly wearable.

    Loose suits with baggy, sometimes Bermuda, shorts and wide-pleated pants defined the pared down aesthetic — rendered crisper by the show's bright white medical lighting. Slicked back hair, round shades, belt straps hanging from the waist and tassels accessorized these styles alongside large wide-toed leather shoes or sneakers.

    This display was very much tailored for a masculine man who's not interested in modern menswear's flamboyant excesses.

    Despite this, Basmajian was not afraid of using color. Yellow-green, coral, pale peach, navy, burnt caramel, cream and dusty ultramarine all made it into Cerruti's menswear fashions — but they were always handled with restrain.

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    GENDERLESS DISCOURSE ON THE RUNWAYS

    Fashion houses are blurring the lines between male and female styles to the point that it has become a tangible runway trend.

    As major labels such Saint Laurent and Givenchy make an editorial decision to showcase menswear designs in the fall's womenswear season, other houses this week have opted to do the opposite.

    South Korean designer Juun J. opened his Friday menswear show with a female model in a diaphanous male-female shirt dress. Elsewhere in his show, waiflike male models had intentionally feminine faces, styled with long tousled hair.

    Rick Owens, too, chose androgynous waiflike models with long feminine hair and skirt silhouettes for his menswear show.

    It is little wonder that stars like Lily Allen have cottoned on. The British singer turned up to Paris Fashion Week dressed in an oversize menswear shirt.

    "I'm quite wide on the hips, so I buy a lot of men's clothes," Allen told The Associated Press, laughing.

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    JUUN J.'S MYRIAD IDEAS, OVERSIZE PROPORTIONS

    Juun J. took his signature pinstripe and subverted it in a gender-bending show of oversize proportions and myriad ideas.

    The white pinstripe shirt was blown up into a floor-length gown with surreally long cuffs that obscured the model's hands. And then, in a nod to the 1930s U.S. gangster styles the designer uses as a creative touchstone, dark pinstripe pants peeped out from under the long shirt silhouettes.

    This was a conceptual show in many ways. Styles had a purposefully unfinished, deconstructed or thrown-together feel — evoking the middle phase of the creative process of designing a fashion collection. The show's decor — large image boards on stands — evoked a fashion atelier, bringing home this idea of the unfinished design.

    But the best ideas in the 29-piece collection were found in looks that playfully merged the East and the West. One oversize "Western" gray pinstripe suit sported a one shoulder black sweater on top that evoked an Asian wraparound. Elsewhere, a black fanny pack was worn to look like a Japanese Obi belt.

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    Ron Howard hopes to honor 'great work' done on Han Solo film

    Ron Howard says he hopes to honor the great work that's already been done on the Han Solo film and help to deliver on its promise.

    The Oscar-winner has only been in the pilot's seat on the Star Wars spinoff film for a day but is not wasting any time making his passion for the franchise known.

    Howard tweeted Thursday night that he was "beyond grateful" to add his voice to the Star Wars universe after being a fan since May 25, 1977, when the original hit theaters. He saw it twice that day.

    The "Apollo 13" helmer was announced as the replacement director after Phil Lord and Christopher Miller left the project over creative differences deep into production. Filming will resume July 10 for a May 2018 release.

    Watch ole 'Bandit' run: Fans ride to Georgia for film's 40th

    They had a long way to go and a short time to get there, but hundreds of fans in Trans Ams have put the hammer down and made it to Atlanta to celebrate the 40th anniversary of "Smokey and the Bandit."

    About 350 cars this week retraced actor Burt Reynolds' wild ride from the Texas-Arkansas line to Atlanta in the movie that roared into pop culture in 1977.

    "Every town we drive through, people come out to film us, take pictures and wave as our convoy of cars comes through - it's like being in a huge parade," said organizer Dave Hall of Lincoln, Nebraska.

    Truckers and others also took part in "Snowman's Run," a road trip that raises money for wounded veterans in the name of the late actor and musician Jerry Reed, who played the trucker Snowman in the movie.

    All of them have gathered in Jonesboro, Georgia, the town 15 miles (24 kilometers) south of Atlanta where much of the movie was filmed.

    This weekend, they plan to recreate some of the movie's memorable scenes, including a stunt driver's attempt to jump 150 feet (46 meters) through the air in a Trans Am. Also planned: A Burt Reynold's look-alike contest.

    Reynolds himself will also be in attendance, and will take part in a question-and-answer session in a city park, Jonesboro City Manager Ricky Clark Jr. said.

    "People are coming from all over the U.S. and other countries," Clark said. "I got a message from someone from Switzerland who is flying over for this event."

    Smokey and the Bandit was among the first big-budget movies to be filmed in Georgia, paving the way for more recent films such as "The Hunger Games" movies and TV shows such as AMC's "The Walking Dead."

    Many of the scenes from Smokey and the Bandit were filmed on Main Street in downtown Jonesboro, nearby U.S. Highway 41 and other roads in the area, Clark said.

    Some of the buildings still stand, as well. The city's train depot that dates to 1867 appears in the movie, but movie-makers temporarily replaced its Jonesboro sign with one that said "Texarkana" so they could film scenes set in the town on the Texas-Arkansas line. That's where the movie's main characters picked up the 400 cases of Coors beer they would deliver to Atlanta in 28 hours. Participants in the anniversary celebration plan to recreate the "Coors scene" at the spot where it was filmed in Jonesboro this weekend.

    A stunt man driving a Trans Am had also had hoped to recreate the Bandit's jump across the Flint River west of downtown Jonesboro. The leap allowed Reynolds and his passenger, Sally Field, to evade the pursuing law officers, whose patrol cars plunged into the river seconds later.

    But organizers decided the river site, now overtaken by weeds, wasn't feasible for another jump. So they will instead recreate the jump at Atlanta Motor Speedway Saturday evening.

    Queen Elizabeth II reported to police for not wearing seat belt

    A sharp-eyed observer noticed that Queen Elizabeth II, riding in a car en route to the State Opening of Parliament on Wednesday, was not wearing a seat belt. So the person decided to dial 999, which is Great Britain’s emergency telephone line, The Telegraph reported.

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    The call was taken by the West Yorkshire Police Customer Contact Centre, according to the Telegraph. While a tape of the call has not been released, police spokesman Tom Donahue said “I cannot stress enough that the 999 number is for emergencies only.”

    In the UK, it is mandatory to wear a seat belt -- but the 91-year-old monarch is immune from civil or criminal actions, the Telegraph reported.

    A statement on the British Monarchy’s website noted that the Queen “is careful to ensure that all her activities in her personal capacity are carried out in strict accordance with the law.”

    The West Yorkshire police had fun with Twitter on Thursday, bidding good morning while tweeting “Let’s hope the queen is behaving today.”

    Group starts petition to have Dennis Rodman kicked out of Hall of Fame

    Dennis Rodman’s recent trip to North Korea did not sit well with a human rights group, which wants the former NBA star kicked out of the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame.

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    The group Victims of Communism Memorial Foundation began a petition on change.org to have Rodman expelled from the basketball shrine, CNN reported. It comes on the heels of the death of American student Otto Warmbier, who arrived in the United States last week in a coma after being detained for 17 months in North Korea. Warmbier died Monday.

    “Otto Warmbier was murdered by the North Korean regime,” Marion Smith, director of the human rights group, told CNN. 

    Rodman was elected to the Hall of Fame in 2011. He has visited North Korea several times and has praised dictator Kim Jong-un, whom he called “a friend for life.”

    Smith accused Rodman of "coddling" Kim.

    "Removing Rodman from the Hall of Fame will send a message that all Americans are united against this regime," Smith told CNN.