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Second Miss USA Contestant Claims Pageant Was Rigged

Isaac Brekken/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- Donald Trump is facing more allegations that his Miss USA pageant, held in Las Vegas earlier this month, was rigged.

His Miss Universe Organization, which runs the pageant, is suing former Miss Pennsylvania USA Sheena Monnin after she claimed on Facebook that a fellow contestant said she'd learned of the pageant's top five ahead of the show. Trump has denied Monnin's allegations.

Now, a second contestant is making similar claims. The contestant, who spoke on condition of anonymity to, says she saw Miss Florida USA Karina Brez backstage during the pageant, and that Brez "was able to reveal to me at least four of the five names who went on to be the top girls."

Olivia Culpo of Rhode Island was crowned the new Miss USA.

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6-Year-Old Beauty Queen Eden Wood Retires

6-year-old beauty queen, Eden Wood. (TLC)(NEW YORK) -- At just 6 years old, Eden Wood is a pioneer of the pageant world with 300 wins, but she is hanging up her crown, at least for now, and just made her final appearance on the hit show Toddlers and Tiaras.

"I think she's following in the footsteps of some pretty big people who have done pageants, like Oprah Winfrey," said Micki Wood, Eden's mom.

But Eden and her manager-mother aren't finished with show business, they're just trading in pageants for a bigger piece of the pie, hoping to build a mini Eden empire, from the Eden Wood Princess Canopy Bed Collection to her own showgirl action figure to a memoir, From Cradle to Crown. All of this is from a girl who hasn't even learned cursive yet.

But her mother insists she's not teaching Eden that what's important in life is to be famous.

"No, because so much of her life has nothing to do with that," Wood said. "As long as she enjoys what we're doing, Mama's going to keep doing it. If it leads to the Miley Cyrus status or Selena Gomez, so be it. If it doesn't, that's fine, too."

"I would like to think that Micki and I have created a manual that people would want to emulate in the future," said Heather Ryan, Eden's agent. "It's like nothing else anybody has ever done. So I hope that we haven't messed it up so much that people go, 'Oh my gosh, I would love to do that for my child.' It's astounding how far she's come in such little time."

Eden did a Midwest mall tour, "Eden Wood and the Glamour Girls," a variety show with her former competitors, pageant queens Jasmine Webb and Dianely Noesi. The tour is a chance for Eden to perform new songs off her upcoming album after making almost $1,000 from her first single, "Cutie Patootie."

So does Wood think all of her pushing will have paid off if Eden makes it big?

"Why not see if we can't have a Hollywood contract, a reality show, a spot on a Disney program. It's the American dream. It's her destiny," Wood said.

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Miss America: Youngest Winner In 90 Years

Photo Courtesy - ABC News(LAS VEGAS) -- 17-year-old Teresa Scanlan of Nebraska has become the youngest winner of the Miss America crown in 90 years.

Scanlan won a $50,000 scholarship and a year-long rein with the crown after beating out 52 other contestants Saturday night at Planet Hollywood casino and resort in Las Vegas. She is the youngest Miss America since the pageant's first competition in 1921, which Margaret Gorman of the District of Columbia won at age 15.

First runner-up Miss Arkansas Alyse Eady won $25,000, while Miss Hawaii Jalee Fuselier won $20,000 for third place.

Caressa Cameron, who was crowned Miss America last year, handed off the coveted crown to the new winner after a two-hour competition.

Contestants hailed from each state, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands.

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