LAS VEGAS (AP) – The Latest on the 2017 edition of the Miss USA pageant taking place in Las Vegas (all times local):




7 p.m.


The District of Columbia has won back-to-back Miss USA titles.


Kara McCullough, a chemist working for the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission, was crowned Sunday during the event that took place at the Mandalay Bay Convention Center on the Las Vegas Strip. She will go on to compete on the Miss Universe contest.


The runner-up was Miss New Jersey Chhavi Verg. The second runner-up was Miss Minnesota Meridith Gould. Fifty-one women representing each state and the nation’s capital participating in the decades-old competition.


McCullough was born in Naples, Italy, but she was raised in Virginia Beach, Virginia.


Last year, District of Columbia resident Deshauna Barber became the first-ever military member to win Miss USA.


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6:45 p.m.


The list has been narrowed down to three.


The finalists for the Miss USA contest in Las Vegas include the women representing Minnesota, the District of Columbia and New Jersey.


Miss Minnesota Meridith Gould is studying apparel retail merchandising at the University of Minnesota, while Miss District of Columbia Kára McCullough is a chemist working for the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission. Miss New Jersey Chhavi Verg is a student at Rutgers University studying marketing and Spanish.


They were all asked to explain what they consider feminism to be and whether they consider themselves feminists.


They modeled their final look of the night during a performance of Pitbull’s “Options” featuring Stephen Marley.


The winner of Sunday’s pageant will compete in the Miss Universe contest.


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6:20 p.m.


And then there were five.


The finalists for the Miss USA contest in Las Vegas include women representing Minnesota, Illinois, South Carolina, the District of Columbia and New Jersey.


They include college students, a chemist, a dancer and a nurse.


The women will continue on in Sunday’s beauty pageant, with the winner set to compete in the Miss Universe contest. Next, they will face questions.


The finalists modeled their evening gowns as CMA Award-winner Brett Eldredge performed his new single “The Long Way.”


This year, the women were allowed to choose their swimsuits from a selection of 20. The finalists walked on the stage sporting one- and two-piece swimsuits in an array of colors.


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5:40 p.m.


The top 10 finalists have been named at the Miss USA contest in Las Vegas.


Contestants from Minnesota, New Jersey, Missouri, Tennessee, California, District of Columbia, South Carolina, New York, Illinois and Alaska will continue on in the beauty pageant.


The event is airing live on the Fox network from the Mandalay Bay Convention Center on the Las Vegas Strip.


Miss District of Columbia Kára McCullough works for the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission. She says she wants to inspire children to pursue careers on the fields of science, technology, engineering and mathematics.


Next, the contestants will model wearing swimsuits.


The winner of Sunday’s pageant will compete in the Miss Universe contest.


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