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North Carolina aquarium astonished after female stingray becomes pregnant with no male stingrays nearby

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A North Carolina aquarium says that it has a scientific anomaly on its hands: a pregnant stingray with no apparent mate.

Hendersonville-based Aquarium & Shark Lab by Team ECCO houses a female round stingray named Charlotte. At first, staff worried that the stingray might have cancer.

The aquarium’s founder and executive director Brenda Ramer told Fox News Digital that she was stumped when she noticed Charlotte swelling.

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“We’ve always known she was a she,” Ramer laughed. “Very visible to tell the difference. Sharks and rays are two of the easiest fish to tell.”

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Aquarium & Shark Lab by Team ECCO said that Charlotte, a round stingray, became pregnant with no male stingrays nearby. (Aquarium & Shark Lab by Team ECCO)

“We noticed that she had started to, for lack of a better word, swell,” she explained. “So we decided to ultrasound her, and we saw what we thought were lumps or growths inside of her.”

To the aquarium staff’s relief, the lumps were not tumors at all. They were pups – even though Charlotte had no recent contact with male stingrays.

“We sent [the ultrasound] off to have some other folks look at it, and they said, ‘You know, those are eggs.’ And we’re like, ‘Okay, well this is great,’” Ramer recalled.

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The aquarium, which is the first inland aquarium in North Carolina, has been in contact with experts from Australia and the United Kingdom about the oddity.

X-ray of pregnant stingray

Aquarium staff members have spoken to marine biologists across the world about the stingray’s miracle pregnancy. (Aquarium & Shark Lab by Team ECCO)

The expectant stingray likely reproduced through a method called parthenogenesis.

“The cells within the egg will split, and they create a clone of the mother,” Ramer described. “Our little shark has lain [around] 900 eggs in the past eight years, and she has had 14 of those eggs grow embryos with no fertilization.”

“It’s such a hard concept to even think about, but I always tell people, think about the very first Jurassic Park movie. The dinosaurs did the exact same thing.”

The aquarium founder has floated the idea that a male shark in the tank impregnated the stingray but conceded that it “is really not that strong of a possibility.” 

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Charlotte has appeared pleasant and healthy during her pregnancy, Brenda Ramer says. (Aquarium & Shark Lab by Team ECCO)

“We had noticed that she had had some bite marks on her, and we thought it was fish… and then it hit us. We had put these two young male sharks in there who we didn’t think would be viable. But gosh, what if they mated with her?” Ramer said.

“Anything is really possible when it comes to animals,” the aquarium’s assistant director, Kinsley Boyette, told Fox News Digital. 

For now, the aquarium believes that Charlotte is likely reproducing asexually.

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“I’m not saying that it’s not a dead certain possibility. But until we do DNA tests… we can’t actually say anything for 100% certainty.”

Ramer said that the response from the local community has been supportive, and that the soon-to-be mama is doing well.

Charlotte the stingray at the bottom of a fish tank

Aquarium staff members feared that Charlotte had cancer when she began swelling. (Aquarium & Shark Lab by Team ECCO)

“She seems pleasant, none of her behaviors have changed,” the executive director said. “She’s healthy, she’s eating, she’s swimming. She’s letting us interact with her.”

“No matter what the outcome [is]… we are just crossing our fingers that Charlotte comes out of it okay, and the babies do too.”

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Venezuelan migrant illegally in US charged for sexual assault against minor in Virginia

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Authorities in Virginia have arrested a 32-year-old Venezuelan migrant in connection with a sexual assault on a minor, the Campbell County Sheriff’s Office confirmed to Fox News. 

The Campbell County Sheriff’s Office said that Renzo Mendoza Montes, 32, was arrested on Thursday, February 22, on two felony charges in connection with a sexual assault on a minor.

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According to deputies, Mendoza is a Venezuelan citizen who is in the country illegally after being detained and released by US Customs and Border Patrol in El Paso, Texas, on September 2, 2023.

Deputies told Fox News that Mendoza was being held without bond, but has now been taken into ICE custody. 

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Venezuelan illegal immigrant arrested for sexual assault of minor  in Virginia.  (Campbell County Sheriff’s Office)

This latest arrest comes as violent crimes against US citizens by illegal immigrants are on the rise.

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University of Georgia police found the body of 22-year-old Laken Riley in a forested area behind Lake Herrick around 12:30 p.m. on Thursday, February 22, after a friend called authorities to report that she left for a run Thursday morning and never returned.

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A violent illegal migrant who was captured on CCTV stomping and kicking two police officers during the vicious Times Square attack late last month has yet to be arrested and is still at large, according to the NYPD. (NYPD )

26-year-old Jose Antonio Ibarra, an illegal immigrant from Venezeula living in an apartment building that sits on the edge of the park where Riley was running, allegedly murdered the aspiring nurse in what UGA Police Chief Jeffrey Clark described as a “crime of opportunity.”

The 26-year-old suspect illegally crossed into the United States through El Paso, Texas, in September 2022 and was released into the U.S. via parole, three ICE and DHS, sources told Fox News.

 

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The Campbell County Sheriff’s Office was not immediately available to Fox News Digital’s request for comment. 

Fox News’ Bill Melugin and Audrey Conklin contributed to this report.

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United Daughters of the Confederacy would lose Virginia tax breaks, if Youngkin signs off

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RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — Legislation that would end tax benefits for the United Daughters of the Confederacy — the Richmond-based women’s group that helped erect many of the country’s Confederate monuments — is on its way to Republican Virginia Gov. Glenn Youngkin, who hasn’t said whether he supports it.

The Democratic-led House of Delegates gave final passage Monday to a bill that would eliminate both a recordation and property tax exemption for the group. A separate, companion measure that reached final passage last week also eliminates those exemptions.

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The bills have moved through the legislature with mostly party-line support and relatively little debate. The few individuals who have spoken out against the legislation have called it discriminatory, while supporters argued the tax benefits have amounted to state-sponsored subsidies for Confederate monuments and are out of line with 21st-century values.

“Since Virginia no longer supports the legacy of the Confederacy, we need to reflect that in our legislation,” Democratic Sen. Angelia Williams Graves of Norfolk, the sponsor of the Senate version of the bill, said in a legislative hearing.

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A tattered American flag lays on the ground on the property of the United Daughters of the Confederacy headquarters, May 31, 2020, in Richmond, Va. The Democratic-led Virginia House of Delegates gave final passage Monday, Feb. 26, 2024, to a bill that would eliminate both a recordation and property tax exemption for the United Daughters of the Confederacy, and it is now on its way to Republican Virginia Gov. Glenn Youngkin, who hasn’t said whether he supports it.

The group for over a century has “spread the lie” of the Lost Cause — an ideology that downplayed the role slavery played in the Civil War — and “instilled fear in marginalized groups by erecting Confederate monuments around the United States,” Williams Graves said.

The nonprofit group, which owns a marble-clad Memorial Building positioned on a prominent Richmond boulevard with an assessed value of over $4.4 million, did not respond to requests for comment Monday.

But last week, it told TV station WRIC the state created the property-tax exemption in 1950, also extending “an offer of land in Richmond” to erect the Memorial Building.

The property tax exemption helps the group, which had members in the House gallery Monday, provide aid to other organizations, including the Wounded Warriors Project and homeless veterans organizations, the organization said.

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“It is our hope that Governor Youngkin appreciates the complicated history of this organization,” the statement said. The group added that it wanted the governor to see the bill as an “unfair and unwarranted tax-reform bill targeting and punishing the United Daughters of the Confederacy for simply existing.”

Both bills would also end the property tax-exempt designation for two other groups related to the Confederacy: the Stonewall Jackson Memorial, Incorporated, and the Confederate Memorial Literary Society.

United Daughters of the Confederacy was founded in 1894, and is open to membership by female descendants of individuals who served in the Confederate military or who “gave Material Aid to the Cause,” according to the group’s website. The group denounces white supremacy, is “grieved” that certain hate groups have adopted the use of the Confederate flag, and believes Confederate monuments are part of “our shared American history and should remain in place,” its website said.

Articles and studies have found the group helped erect hundreds of monuments and other tributes to the Confederacy around the country. The group has also been involved in lawsuits in more recent years aimed at stopping the removal of monuments from public spaces.

Many of Virginia’s Confederate monuments have been removed since the passage of a 2020 law that gave local governments control over their fate.

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Youngkin has not sought to restore removed monuments and did not strenuously object to the removal of a massive statue of Confederate Gen. Robert E. Lee from state property during his 2021 campaign. But he has said he believes monuments that are removed should be placed in museums or battlefields.

Youngkin will “review any legislation that comes to his desk,” said spokesman Christian Martinez when asked whether the governor supports the bills.

In 2022, a teenager launched the push to remove the group’s exemption, according to reporting from The Virginian-Pilot, bringing the issue to Democratic Del. Don Scott, who is now speaker of the House of Delegates.

Scott’s effort to repeal the benefits died last year — when the House was under Republican control — without a recorded vote after it was left in a committee.

House speakers preside over the chamber and typically don’t sponsor many bills. This year, the House version was carried by Democratic Del. Alex Askew, who represents parts of Norfolk and Virginia Beach.

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“This bill does not attempt to challenge the UDC’s right to exist. It is not about free speech, about taking down monuments or which version of history is accurate. It’s about fairness and the financial priorities of the Commonwealth,” Askew said during a hearing, adding that the tax revenues being foregone now could help pay for schools, workforce development or mental health programs.

Several female speakers who testified against his bill in a subcommittee hearing argued that it unfairly targeted the group.

The Richmond Assessor’s Office told VPM News the group’s headquarters would be taxed at the city’s regular property tax rate if the bill passes. That would mean an annual tax bill of over $50,000.

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Judge says Nathan Wade's divorce lawyer must testify on relationship with Fulton Co. DA Fani Willis

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The judge presiding over Fulton County District Attorney Fani Willis’ case announced Monday that the former law partner of special prosecutor Nathan Wade will have to testify in court on his knowledge of the timeline of the intimate relationship between Willis and Wade.

Defense counsel claimed the ex-law partner, Terrence Bradley, had direct knowledge that Willis and Wade’s relationship started before Wade was hired in the election interference case involving former President Donald Trump. The testimony of Bradley, who is also Wade’s former divorce lawyer, is expected to resume Tuesday afternoon.

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The judge’s decision came after an in-camera hearing Monday with Bradley and his lawyer, after the judge previously said it appeared Bradley may have been misusing his attorney-client privilege. 

Regarding data from Wade’s cell phone, which Trump lawyers were trying to get entered into evidence, the judge said he will take that issue up during an already scheduled hearing this Friday. 

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Fulton County DA Fani Willis winks before being sworn in to testify on the hearing about an allegedly improper relationship with Nathan Wade (Screenshot/Fox News)

Fulton County DA Willis and Special Prosecutor Wade were responsible for bringing the Georgia 2020 election interference case against Trump and 18 others last year.

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Trump’s team filed a response with the Fulton County Superior Court on Monday to Willis’ denial following their original filing connected to the cellphone records. 

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Willis — the district attorney for Fulton County, Georgia — previously said the allegations brought against her of having an “improper” romantic relationship with special prosecutor Nathan Wade were made because she is Black. (Getty Images)

A Friday filing from an attorney for Trump claims to show at least 35 visits by Wade to the Hapeville neighborhood before he was hired.

Wade testified last week that he did not visit Willis’ condo more than 10 times before being hired in November 2021. Willis and Wade maintain that their relationship began in early 2022.

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The date when the two lawyers’ relationship began is key to the ongoing dispute brought by Trump’s attorneys, who argue that their romantic fling compromised the integrity of the case.

The defense is trying to prove the existence and extent of any financial benefit to Willis from Wade in their relationship, which is the heart of their argument that Willis should be disqualified. 

Fox News’ Timothy H.J. Nerozzi contributed to this report. 

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