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Associated Press

World champs Hurd, Memmel eye big picture at US Classic

Morgan Hurd can feel when the pressure creeps up on her. The only thing the 19-year-old Hurd hasn’t done is make an Olympic team, a byproduct of the calendar more than anything else. Hurd seemed to be on her way last March when she won the American Cup in what was supposed to be the first major step toward the 2020 Tokyo Games following an occasionally difficult 2019 competition season.

The Week

Liz Cheney’s primary challenger describes impregnating 14-year-old girl at 18 as ‘like the Romeo and Juliet story’

In what he called a “Romeo and Juliet story,” U.S. House candidate and Wyoming state Senator Anthony Bouchard revealed late Thursday he had a “relationship with and impregnated a 14-year-old girl when he was 18,” reports The Casper Star-Tribune on Friday. Bouchard broke the news himself in a Facebook Live on Thursday, attempting to get “ahead of the story after learning that people were investigating it in opposition to his candidacy,” writes the Star-Tribune. The senator is in the midst of challenging Rep. Liz Cheney (R-Wyo.) for her seat in the House, but says he does not believe Cheney’s team was involved in digging up the story, the Star-Tribune reports. “Two teenagers, girl gets pregnant,” says Bouchard in the Facebook Live video. “You’ve heard those stories before. She was a little younger than me, so it’s like the Romeo and Juliet story.” Bouchard did not reveal the girl’s age in the Facebook Live video, the Hill reports. Investigators have been hounding my family for weeks and now the liberal fake news is coming out with a hit piece about my teenage years. This is why good people avoid running for office. I won’t back down, Swamp! @RepLizCheney Bring it! https://t.co/gaVSm6MkZM — Anthony Bouchard for Congress Against Cheney (@AnthonyBouchard) May 21, 2021 Bouchard says the two married in Florida when he was 19 and she was 15, and divorced three years later. At age 20, the unnamed ex-wife committed suicide, reports the Star-Tribune. “She had problems in another relationship,” Bouchard added in his video. “Her dad committed suicide.” Bouchard’s plans to run for office remain seemingly unaffected: “Bring it on. I’m going to stay in this race,” he said to the Star-Tribune. After announcing his candidacy in January, Bouchard reported raising over $300,000 in the first quarter of the year. More at The Casper Star-Tribune. More stories from theweek.comJoe Manchin calls increasingly likely GOP filibuster of Jan. 6 commission ‘so disheartening’Harry Reid saw ‘classified’ things at Area 51 that ‘fascinated me’Biden infrastructure compromise elicits cold reception from GOP negotiators

Axios

Civil rights group sues Trump for calling COVID-19 “China virus”

Former President Trump is being sued by the Chinese Americans Civil Rights Coalition (CARC) for using racist terms to refer to the coronavirus.Why it matters: Since the beginning of the pandemic, there has been a spike in attacks against members of the Asian American and Pacific Islander communities.Get market news worthy of your time with Axios Markets. Subscribe for free.”We saw that hate speech really led to hate violence” when Trump started calling COVID-19 the “China virus,” says Russell Jeung, creator of the Stop AAPI Hate tracker and chair of the Asian American Studies at San Francisco State University.The state of play: The recently-formed civil rights group alleges that during and after his presidency, Trump has ignored attacks against the Asian American community, which increased “particularly since his repeated use of such inflammatory phases.”CARC is asking for $1 as an apology to every Asian American in the U.S., amounting to a total of $22.9 million.The nonprofit cites terms like the “China virus,” “Chinese virus” and “Wuhan virus,” which Trump has used repeatedly.Details: “Duty comes with authority. Responsibility comes with power. Holding the most powerful office in the country, Defendant reckless[ly] neglected his official duty to represent all Americans,” the group writes in the lawsuit.”Against the well-published WHO guidelines and the repeated advices from health officials of his own administration, Defendant intentionally repeated those defamatory words to serve his own personal and political interest with astonishing level of actual malice and negligence, hence severely injuring the Chinese/Asian Americans communities in the process.”What they’re saying: “We have seen a rising trend targeting Asian Americans,” Yu-Xi (Glen) Liu, the attorney representing CARC, told Axios. “Certain fragments of society like to scapegoat other people for what’s happening in the world, specifically the pandemic, and that is, to say the very least, an embarrassment to American values,” he added.Liu said he expects that Trump will file for a motion to dismiss the lawsuit.The other side: “This is an insane and idiotic lawsuit that is specious at best, and it will be dismissed if it ever sees a courtroom,” Trump senior adviser Jason Miller told The Hill.”It’s a complete joke, and if I was the lawyer that brought it I’d be worried about getting sanctioned,” he added.More from Axios: Sign up to get the latest market trends with Axios Markets. Subscribe for free

The Telegraph

Prince William’s intervention 25 years in the making – and inspired by desire to be mother’s protector

When it was aired on a wet and windy November night in 1995, Prince William watched his mother’s Panorama interview in a master’s study at Eton. Then aged 13, having joined the exclusive Berkshire boarding school just two months earlier, he reportedly wept as Diana, Princess of Wales poured her heart out to Martin Bashir. Coming three years after Prince Charles and Princess Diana’s separation, the teenage prince’s hopes of a parental reconciliation were cruelly dashed as she admitted to being in love with James Hewitt and described Camilla Parker-Bowles as “the third person” in her marriage. According to the royal author Penny Junor, William was left “devastated” by the revelations, which led to the couple’s divorce the following year. She said: “He was deeply upset, as any child, watching one parent assassinate the integrity of the other, let alone talk about their infidelity, would be.” Yet as his damning statement reacting to Lord Dyson’s report made clear on Thursday night, the hurt went even deeper than that. In fact, the intervention was 25 years in the making.

Associated Press

2 separate China quakes cause damage; 3 dead, dozens hurt

A strong, shallow quake shook southwestern China near the border with Myanmar, killing at least three people and injuring more than two dozen, while a separate 7.3-magnitute quake early Saturday collapsed a bridge and caused other damage in central China. The second quake hit the southern part of Qinghai province, about 1,000 kilometers (621 miles) north of the first quake in Yunnan province. U.S. Geological Survey geophysicist Jonathan Tytell said the two quakes were not related.

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