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Huge rattlesnake slithers aboard Arizona fisherman’s boat, gives man ‘big surprise’

Westlake Legal Group huge-rattlesnake-slithers-aboard-arizona-fishermans-boat-gives-man-big-surprise Huge rattlesnake slithers aboard Arizona fisherman's boat, gives man 'big surprise' Jennifer Earl fox-news/science/wild-nature/reptiles fox-news/great-outdoors/fishing fox news fnc/great-outdoors fnc article 6ec51433-eb74-5bc3-82d4-cc3264fcd251

An Arizona fisherman enjoying a sunny day on Roosevelt Lake made an unexpected catch last week: a 5-foot-long rattlesnake.

The venomous serpent silently slithered aboard the boat unbeknownst to Mark Dalton. It wasn’t until the fisherman got up to change his bait that he spotted the giant creature basking under the sun at the front of the small watercraft.

“[We] went back into a cove in the southern part of the lake,” the Tucson native explained to Fox 10, noting that the snake was wet. “[I] was probably there for about half an hour when I went to the front of the boat, then went back to change one of my lures and had a big surprise.”

BLOODSUCKING WORMS FOUND IN FLORIDA RATTLESNAKE SPECIES ALARM RESEARCHERS: ‘IT’S A NASTY SITUATION’

At the time, Dalton’s boat was about 30 feet from shore in waters up to 10 feet deep.

Dalton made a point to remain calm and make slow movements. After snapping a few photos of the creature, Dalton carefully picked up one of his fishing nets to gently guide the snake — identified as a western diamondback rattlesnake — back to the water.

“I just wanted to be able to push him out of the boat and not really hurt him or irritate him too much because he looked like he just came out of the water because it was wet back there and he was sunning himself to get dry,” he told the news station.

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Mark Dalton says a 5-foot-long rattlesnake slithered aboard his boat earlier this month. (Courtesy Arizona Game and Fish Department Mesa Region)

Fortunately, the snake didn’t need much convincing nor was it aggressive. Minutes later, it slid back into the lake and out of sight.

After hearing Dalton’s story, the Arizona Game and Fish Department Mesa Region shared photos of the huge snake on Facebook to warn those who plan on visiting a local body of water this spring and summer.

“Fishing in Arizona… You never know what you might catch,” the agency wrote, prompting a slew of responses.

‘HUGE’ RATTLESNAKE’S LOUD WARNING TO MISSISSIPPI MAN GOES VIRAL

“They are pretty good swimmers. Keep calm and get it off the boat. Good job,” one Facebook user commented.

“Awesome! Makes for a rad fishing story!” another replied.

“Way to go, Mark! Thank you for safely relocating the snake and not killing it,” a third user praised Dalton.

The game and fish department echoed the user’s praise, informing those who suggested he should have killed the creature that they were wrong.

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“Boating safety includes not putting yourself at risk – whether that’s risky behavior such as boating under the influence, or killing a rattlesnake rather than safely removing it with a net, as this person did. There was no need to kill the snake in self-defense, as it wasn’t acting aggressively, and everyone lived to tell the tale,” the agency added.

This isn’t the first time a rattlesnake has shocked boaters with its swimming skills. In July. a timber rattlesnake shocked a family when it slithered toward their boat on Fontana Lake in North Carolina. A 14-year-old girl later shared footage of the scary scene.

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Sens. Rick Scott and Chuck Schumer in Twitter feud over relief aid to Puerto Rico

Westlake Legal Group sens-rick-scott-and-chuck-schumer-in-twitter-feud-over-relief-aid-to-puerto-rico Sens. Rick Scott and Chuck Schumer in Twitter feud over relief aid to Puerto Rico Kathleen Joyce fox-news/politics/senate/republicans fox-news/politics/senate/democrats fox-news/politics/senate fox-news/person/chuck-schumer fox news fnc/politics fnc b9740d4d-21b7-57e8-83b0-632bd6ada834 article
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Sen. Rick Scott, R-Fla., and Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer, D-N.Y., feuded  on Twitter over a disaster aid package that would aid Puerto Rico.

Scott tweeted out a clip of his appearance on CNN’s “State of the Union” Sunday, when he spoke about the relief bill.

“To me this is all politics. This is Chuck Schumer saying that he cares more about Puerto Rico than President Trump does. I think we should have passed the bill that Sen. Shelby had done,” Scott told “State of the Union” host Jake Tapper.

Scott met with Trump at the White House Thursday along with Senate Appropriations Committee Chairman Richard Shelby, R-Ala., and Sen. Deb Fischer, R-Neb., to discuss a possible deal with the commander-in-chief on relief to Puerto Rico. Trump is feuding with the island’s Democratic officials and reportedly railed against aid to Puerto Rico at a closed-door lunch with Senate Republicans last month.

The island was slammed by back-to-back hurricanes in 2017.

Scott called out Schumer in the tweet, saying he need to “stop these political games.”

TRUMP, GOP FIRE BACK AFTER DEMS BLOCK DISASTER RELIEF BILL: ‘WASHINGTON HAS REACHED A NEW LOW’

Schumer responded to Scott by asking how the freshman senator could support the bill “that strips needed help from the island and is opposed by PR’s [Puerto Rico] governor?”

“Why not stand up for both PR & Florida, and have the courage to tell Trump to leave no community behind?” the minority leader wrote.

In a tit-for-tat, Scott retaliated, saying, “This is a great example of why people hate politics. Not only did Sen. Schumer block a bipartisan bill, now he’s lying about it. Our bill doesn’t strip funding for P.R. It includes $600 mil in nutrition assistance funding for P.R. that I fought to get in the bill.”

The feud didn’t end there. Schumer again responded to Scott, saying Trump took “all aid for Puerto Rico but nutrition assistance out of the bill.”

“The bill has none of the long-term recovery & resilience aid PR has asked for repeatedly. Stop the bull. Stand up to the President. Help all communities rebuilding from disaster,” Schumer fired back.

Scott responded by accusing Schumer of refusing to give Puerto Rico help in order to “prolong a political fight with Trump.”

“I’m working with the Rs, Ds and the President to get a deal done. But it shouldn’t have taken this long. FL’s been waiting 6 months. The truth is, you’re more than happy to give Puerto Rico nothing if it helps prolong a political fight with Trump. That’s shameful,” Scott responded.

He shared a Politico article on the feud calling it “personal.”

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“It’s personal when Sen. Schumer blocks billions for FL’s Panhandle after the devastation of Hurricane Michael. It’s personal when he blocks Nutrition Assistance funding for Puerto Rico after they cut benefits. No more games. Time to get this done,” he wrote.

After Scott narrowly won his Senate bid over incumbent Sen. Bill Nelson, D-Fla., he said in a speech on the Senate floor that he would be “a voice for the people of Puerto Rico.”

Earlier this month, a bill that would have given relief to those states affected by natural disasters failed 44-49 in the Senate. The $13 billion package would have “provided $600 million for Puerto Rico’s food stamp program,” NBC News reported. An alternative that was proposed by Sens. Patrick Leahy, D-Vt., and Schumer was similar in the aid provided to Puerto Rico “while freeing up grant funding from the Department of House and Urban Development that has already been allocated to the island,” Politico reported. Democrats were blocked by Republicans from bringing it to the floor.

In a recent op-ed that was published in the New York Daily News, Schumer wrote that relief for the island “shouldn’t be locked away in the U.S. Treasury because of bureaucratic red tape.”

The Associated Press contributed to this report.  

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Coroner: 5 Illinois warehouse victims shot multiple times

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Autopsies on the five employees killed when a gunman opened fire in February at a suburban Chicago manufacturing plant have determined that all of them were shot more than once.

The (Aurora) Beacon-News reports that the reports released on Tuesday by the Kane County Coroner’s Office concluded that none of the five victims was shot at close range.

The five employees of the Henry Pratt Co. in Aurora were working on Feb. 15 when fellow employee Gary Martin pulled out a gun and began firing after he was notified that he had been fired. Martin shot and wounded one other employee and five of the first police officers to arrive at the plant before he was killed during an exchange of gunfire with police.

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Coroner: 5 Illinois warehouse victims shot multiple times

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Autopsies on the five employees killed when a gunman opened fire in February at a suburban Chicago manufacturing plant have determined that all of them were shot more than once.

The (Aurora) Beacon-News reports that the reports released on Tuesday by the Kane County Coroner’s Office concluded that none of the five victims was shot at close range.

The five employees of the Henry Pratt Co. in Aurora were working on Feb. 15 when fellow employee Gary Martin pulled out a gun and began firing after he was notified that he had been fired. Martin shot and wounded one other employee and five of the first police officers to arrive at the plant before he was killed during an exchange of gunfire with police.

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Family says funeral home may have dumped father’s cremains

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For six years, the family of Robert Nero Sr. thought his ashes sat in an urn on his widow’s mantle. But the family recently learned that ashes and a metal disk identifying them as his were found dumped in bushes at a West Palm Beach YWCA and now they don’t know what to believe.

Sitting beside the bronze urn in their lawyer’s office Tuesday, Nero’s widow, Corene, and his daughter, Gloria Nero Rolle, demanded to know if the ashes inside are Nero’s or someone else’s. They say they haven’t gotten answers from Stevens Brothers Funeral Home, which handled the cremation.

“I am sitting here with someone else’s ashes and my father’s were in the bushes,” Rolle said crying, her mother sitting quietly but stoically next to her. “All I want is my father’s ashes back and (make it so) whoever these belong to can get their remains.”

A man who answered the phone at Stevens Brothers told The Associated Press the Neroes have the proper ashes. He declined to give his name or make further comment.

The state’s Division of Funeral, Cemetery and Consumer Services said in a statement Tuesday that it has just learned of the allegations, but added “they are horrifying and we take this very seriously.”

Rolle and the family’s attorney, Greg Francis, said after Nero, a farmworker, died at 73 in 2013, his son, Robert Nero Jr., hired Stevens Brothers to arrange his cremation. Rolle said her brother then spent weeks getting the ashes back from the mortuary, going there almost daily before he finally received them. They were placed in Corene Nero’s home. The son died the following year and was buried by Stevens Brothers, his sister said.

The mystery began March 25 when a West Palm Beach YWCA worker, Scott Manochi, found piles of ashes and two metal identification discs from a crematorium as he cleared brush along a fence. He called police.

According to a police report, officers contacted the crematorium, which said its records showed one set of ashes belonged to Nero and the other to Mary Brown, who died in 2009. Her family has not been located. The crematorium told officers it had handled their bodies for Stevens Brothers, which had picked up the ashes shortly after the deaths.

Officers called Stevens Brothers, which sent employee Willie Watts to collect the ashes from the bushes. Police learned Watts also does grounds work for the YWCA.

When an AP reporter asked Watts by phone Tuesday about the ashes, he replied, “I don’t know nothing about it.” When read the police report, Watts laughed and declined to comment.

Miami Dade College mortuary science professor Joseph Finocchiaro said it’s unlikely the ashes could have been outdoors for long — rain and wind would have scattered them.

West Palm Beach Sgt. David Lefont said investigators don’t believe a crime was committed — Florida law doesn’t prohibit the dumping of ashes on private property.

The Neros learned about the ashes’ discovery when contacted by local television stations. Rolle said she at first refused to believe that the YWCA ashes could be her father’s. But as the likely reality set in, she broke down.

“I went and sat down for a couple hours until I could get myself together,” Rolle said.

Finocchiaro said when a funeral home picks up a body, a wristband is attached and every time the body changes hands the accompanying paperwork is supposed to be checked to make sure the identification matches. Redundant identification is often also attached to the coffin or other container.

At the crematorium, a metal disk like the one found with the ashes is created, he said. That disk accompanies the ashes through every step from the crematorium to the mortuary to the family, he said.

“From start to finish, you should be able to draw a line all the way back,” he said.

He said the cremation process almost always destroys the body’s DNA, so attempting to identify the cremains in the Nero family’s urn is an extreme longshot.

Rolle said she understands she’ll probably never know for sure what happened to her father, but she needs to try.

“We all love him and we are doing everything we can to get him back,” Rolle said.

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This version corrects the spelling of Lefont.

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House Dems demand info on Trump’s reported offer to ‘pardon’ acting Homeland Security boss

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House Democrats are demanding answers from Kevin McAleenan, the newly appointed acting Homeland Security secretary, amid reports that the president offered to pardon him if he faced jail time for denying migrants entrance into the United States.

“We request that you promptly provide details concerning this reported directive to close the border and the related offer of a pardon,” House Judiciary Democrats wrote in a letter sent to McAleenan on Tuesday. Warning that such a pardon offer would violate the Constitution, the Committee’s Democrats demanded McAleenan identify DHS employees present during President Donald Trump’s alleged comments.

Both Trump and a DHS spokesman denied the president engaged in any inappropriate conversations with McAleenan.

The letter linked to Friday’s New York Times report, which cited three unnamed sources claiming that Trump directed McAleenan to close the border and offered to pardon him. Trump’s alleged comments reportedly raised DHS officials’ concerns, although one of the Times’ sources said Trump could have intended his comments as a joke.

HOUSE DEMOCRATS DEMAND DOCUMENTS ON TRUMP ADMINISTRATION’S ‘BIZARRE AND UNLAWFUL’ PROPOSAL TO RELEASE MIGRANTS IN SANCTUARY CITIES

Fox News has not confirmed rumors of the reported pardon. The group of Democrats, led by Judiciary Chair Jerrold Nadler, D-N.Y., portrayed the rumored offer as part of a broader pattern of misconduct on the president’s part.

“The reported discussion between you, President Trump, and other Department personnel follows a troubling pattern of conduct that has emerged over the past two years that appears to demonstrate that President Trump views the pardon power as a political tool, or even worse, as an expedient mechanism for circumventing the law or avoiding the consequences of his own conduct,” the letter read.

Tuesday’s letter came amid reported turmoil at DHS when former Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen allegedly told the president his plans to close the border were illegal. Nielsen reportedly resigned after Trump told McAleenan, then commissioner of Customs and Border Protection, to ignore Nielsen’s hesitation and close the border.

“I never offered Pardons to Homeland Security Officials, never ordered anyone to close our Southern Border (although I have the absolute right to do so, and may if Mexico does not apprehend the illegals coming to our Border), and am not ‘frustrated,'” he tweeted on Friday. “It is all Fake & Corrupt News!”

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According to the Times, DHS spokesman Tyler Q. Houlton similarly said “[a]t no time has the president indicated, asked, directed or pressured the acting secretary to do anything illegal.” “Nor would the acting secretary take actions that are not in accordance with our responsibility to enforce the law,” he added.

Trump and congressional Democrats have struggled for months to come up with a solution to the complicated legal and political situation at the southern border. The president recently proposed sending the influx of migrants to sanctuary cities, a plan that House Democrats blasted as an “unlawful attempt to score political points.”

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In Ivory Coast, Ivanka Trump talks women’s rights

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Ivanka Trump met with the vice president of Ivory Coast as part of a trip to Africa focused on women’s economic development.

The president’s daughter and senior adviser arrived in the country Tuesday, traveling from Ethiopia. She met with Vice President Daniel Kablan Duncan at the presidential palace.

Gender inequality is a serious issue in Ivory Coast. A 2018 gender gap report from the World Economic Forum ranked it 131 out of 144 countries. The government has pledged to improve conditions for women as part of the terms for a grant from the U.S. government-funded Millennium Challenge Corporation.

The White House said the meeting focused on Ivory Coast changes, including efforts on behalf of and current barriers for women.

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FBI failed to provide details on contact with Clinton campaign lawyer: Judicial Watch

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The FBI failed to respond to an October 2018 Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) request seeking more information about communications in late 2016 between a top Hillary Clinton campaign lawyer and the bureau’s then-general counsel, according to the transparency group Judicial Watch.

Additionally, the group said, the FBI has ignored September 2018 FOIA requests concerning bureau communications with, and payments to, British ex-spy Christopher Steele — who authored the infamous anti-Trump dossier.

In response, Judicial Watch announced Tuesday it has filed lawsuits seeking the full release of all relevant documents. The flurry of litigation comes just days before Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s report is set to be publicly released, with some redactions.

The report is expected to shed more light on the Mueller probe’s conclusions that the Trump campaign did not improperly collude with Russia, despite months of speculation. And, Judicial Watch said in a press release, the ongoing litigation could provide more information on the origins of the Russia investigation — origins that many in the GOP have decried as blatantly political.

“How and why did the FBI pay Christopher Steele, who was already being funded by the Clinton campaign and DNC through Fusion GPS?”  Judicial Watch President Tom Fitton asked in announcing the lawsuits. “That we had to sue for this basic information shows the FBI may have something more to hide.”

Associate Deputy Attorney General Bruce Ohr told Congress that “at some point during 2017, Chris Steele did speak with somebody from the FBI, but I don’t know who.”

FBI records unearthed by Judicial Watch showed the bureau — which paid Steele at least 11 times in 2016 — claimed to have dropped Steele as a source in November 2016, after he leaked his connection to the FBI to the media.

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Former British spy Christopher Steele sat for a four-hour videotaped deposition last month.

The separate suit to obtain the Clinton-related communications, Fitton said, aims to “fully expose the scandalous collusion between the Obama FBI and the Clinton-DNC political operation to target Hillary Clinton’s political opponent, Donald J. Trump.”

Fox News reported exclusively in October, citing sources closed to a congressional investigation, that a high-powered lawyer working with the DNC and the Clinton campaign contacted the FBI’s general counsel in late 2016 and provided documents for the Russia probe as federal investigators prepared a surveillance warrant for Trump campaign aide Carter Page.

That Fox News report was cited in a related Judicial Watch lawsuit filed in December, which sought more information about the contacts between the lawyer and the FBI.

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The FBI official who was contacted, James Baker, revealed the exchange to congressional investigators during a closed-door deposition late last year. He said Perkins Coie lawyer Michael Sussmann initiated contact with him and provided documents as well as computer storage devices on Russian hacking.

The sources said Baker described the contact as unusual and the “only time it happened.”

Perkins Coie was a key player in the funding of the controversial anti-Trump dossier, which Republicans have long suspected helped fuel the FBI’s investigation. The DNC and Clinton campaign had hired opposition research firm Fusion GPS in April 2016, through Perkins Coie, to dig into Trump’s background.

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Former FBI General Counsel James Baker testified last year that he thought Hillary Clinton should have been prosecuted until ‘pretty late’ in the email probe. (Official government portrait)

Fusion, in turn, paid Steele’s company Orbis Business Intelligence, a reported $168,000 in 2016 to compile the dossier, memos from which were shared with the FBI in the summer of 2016.

In the warrant application, the FBI flatly told the FISA court that Page was conspiring with the Russian government. He has not been charged with wrongdoing of any kind, and later sued the DNC for defamation.

Sussmann’s contact with Baker suggested another connection between the early stages of the FBI’s Russia probe and those working with the DNC and Clinton campaign.

Sussmann’s bio on the Perkins Coie website describes him as a former senior Justice Department official with extensive national security and cybersecurity experience: “[Sussmann] is engaged on some of the most sophisticated, high-stakes matters today, such as his representation of the Democratic National Committee and Hillary Clinton’s presidential campaign in their responses to Russian hacking in the 2016 presidential election.”

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Asked about Baker’s statements, however, a Perkins Coie spokesperson said at the time that Sussmann’s contact was not connected to the firm’s representation of the DNC or Clinton campaign.

The spokesperson said in a statement: “Prior to joining Perkins Coie, Michael Sussmann served as a cybercrime prosecutor in the Criminal Division of the Department of Justice during both Republican and Democratic administrations. As a result, Sussmann is regularly retained by clients with complex cybersecurity matters.

“When Sussmann met with Mr. Baker on behalf of a client, it was not connected to the firm’s representation of the Hillary Clinton Campaign, the DNC or any Political Law Group client.”

Trump, for his part, has vowed to declassify and release classified FISA documents related to surveillance of his campaign.

Fox News’ Catherine Herridge contributed to this report.

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Mel B shows off rock hard abs in leopard-print bikini and heels

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Mel B is sizzling and it’s not just because of the hot Los Angeles weather.

The 43-year-old, whose real name is Melanie Brown, showed off her incredible bikini body in a snap on social media — heels included!

The Spice Girls singer left little to the imagination in a leopard print bikini, gold sunglasses, body chain, and strappy high heels. The mother-of-three captioned the pic, “Today’s look Leopard print everything #nofliter #getready #whynot.”

The “America’s Got Talent” judge stays in shape by pre-planning her meals and hitting the gym. She told Body + Soul Australia back in 2017, “You’ve also got to be doing it for you, otherwise you’ll never feel motivated to get out of bed!”

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The working mom revealed she likes to switch up her gym routines so her body never gets used to one type of exercise. “Do what you enjoy. There’s no point forcing yourself to do some workout you hate. If you’re going to commit to looking after your body, love what you’re doing so it becomes easy for you,” she advised.

Another workout keeping her body in tight shape is concert rehearsals.

The entertainer is scheduled to go back on a reunion tour with the other Spice Girls (minus Victoria Beckham aka Posh Spice) in June. Mel B is staying in LA but is FaceTiming into rehearsals with Geri Horner, Melanie Chisholm, and Emma Bunton.

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“Mel B in LA as she still has commitments and her children,” Bunton told Britain’s “This Morning” on Tuesday. “She’s rehearsing there, which is really funny. She learns the same steps as us. We’re FaceTiming. We’re doing the same rehearsals but she’s there.”

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Miss Bolivia vacates crown, unable to ‘fulfill her obligations’ after becoming pregnant

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Miss Bolivia has agreed to forfeit her crown after learning she had become pregnant; Fox News has learned.

In a statement from Bolivia-based modeling agency Promociones Gloria, Joyce Prado, 22, who won the Miss Bolivia crown last year, is said to have spoken to agency owner Gloria Mariana Limpias about not being able to fulfill her duties as the country’s beauty queen – and a mutual decision was made to vacate her coveted title.

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“It is clear that within the contract there are clauses that she must comply with, but for reasons of confidentiality, we cannot publish them. However, the reason she is no longer Miss Bolivia is that she came to talk to us because she was not going to be able to fulfill any of the activities that she had to do as a Miss Bolivia,” read the statement.

“Our company is Pro-life and we cannot make Miss Bolivia fulfill her obligations while pregnant. It is for this reason that it was agreed that she live this stage of her life in a calm manner which can fully devote to her pregnancy. Joyce continues to be a model for the company and we maintain a beautiful relationship. We hope that later she can continue working with us.”

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On Friday, the modeling agency shared a statement on Facebook in which they claimed Prado “has been dismissed from its crowns as Miss Santa Cruz and Miss Bolivia for reasons that are strictly related to breach of contract, leaving record that we maintain cordial relations in a scope of mutual understanding, safeguarding the confidentiality clause.”

The agency also shared a magazine headline to Instagram on Sunday that indicated Prado no longer held the Miss Bolivia crown because of her pregnancy, spurring confusion that the beauty queen was forced to give up her crown.

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Prado and her fiancé, Paraguayan model Rodrigo Gimenez, confirmed pregnancy rumors on Sunday when they shared the baby news via their respective Instagram accounts along with lengthy captions.

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“The miracle of life is indescribable, especially when it comes to the arrival of a new member of the family. Becoming a Father or Mother may be the most important challenge that comes our way in life, but just as it can be difficult, it can also be the most rewarding thing in the world,” Prado wrote.

“I want to share with you that I am the happiest woman in the world because my life is full of love because together with the man of my dreams we are beginning to live the most beautiful stage of our lives: becoming parents.”

The model continued: “Ever since I knew I would become a mother, I cannot stop imagining how I will look with my baby in my arms. I’ve never never imagined feeling such a great emotion just knowing that from within me there is a seed that grows every day and the only thing that I ask God to be born safe and sound that his daddy @rodrigodanielpy and I will take care of protecting him and training him all the love we have to give him.”

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According to the Miss Universe rules, “contestants may not be married or pregnant. They must not have ever been married, not had a marriage annulled nor given birth to, or parented a child. The titleholders are also required to remain unmarried throughout their reign.”

A rep for the worldwide beauty pageant did not respond to Fox News’ request for comment.

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