The reigning Miss Universe has refused to relinquish her crown despite a tide of condemnation ­following pageant owner Donald Trump's remarks on Mexican immigrants.

Paulina Vega on Monday said she would continue doing the organization's social work and dismissed Trump's accusation that she is a hypocrite for condemning his comments but declining to give up her crown. "The fact that I am not giving up my crown doesn't mean that I am changing my stance about everything I said," the Colombian beauty queen said in her native country during a radio interview. "It doesn't make any sense that Donald Trump calls me a hypocrite because I'm not giving up my crown."

In his June presidential campaign announcement, Trump said that some Mexican immigrants to the U.S. bring drugs and crime, and some are rapists.

On Sunday, a few days after Vega called his remarks "unjust and hurtful," Trump tweeted: "Miss Universe, Paulina Vega, criticized me for telling the truth about illegal immigration, but then said she would keep the crown — Hypocrite." Vega said on her Instagram account last week: "As a Colombian and as Miss Universe, I want to show my support and validate the sentiments of the Latin community."

Colombia has retired its bid to host the event and Mexico has announced that it won't be sending any candidate to the competition.

Keillor still coy about retirement talk

Garrison Keillor took some serious steps forward Monday in proving that talk of his upcoming retirement isn't just a tall tale out of Lake Wobegon. The "Prairie Home Companion" host has said little to the press since an article in the Berkshire Eagle (Mass.) newspaper reported that the legendary broadcaster would fade out sometime next year with mandolin player Chris Thile taking his place. In an e-mail to the Star Tribune Monday, Keillor, who turns 73 in August, wrote, "Really, it's no big deal. I'm getting old. It's an old story. We last longer in radio because you can't see the bags under our eyes."

Answered prayer: Aretha Franklin is grateful to the state of Illinois for its help when her tour bus broke outside of Chicago. The bus stopped early Monday a few miles from downtown on I-290. Her assistants couldn't find a car service with an available vehicle. That's when the State Police drove Aretha and her entourage to their hotel. Her reaction? Her spokesman said the Queen of Soul exclaimed, "Hallelujah!" and said, "God was right on time."

neal justin, Associated Press