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Baltimore Mayor Catherine Pugh. Photo: Paul Marotta/Getty Images

Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan called on Baltimore Mayor Catherine Pugh to resign for the first time on Thursday, after FBI agents and members of the IRS's criminal investigation team searched Baltimore City Hall, Mayor Catherine Pugh's home and the home of former Pugh aide Gary Brown Jr.

"On April 1, I directed the state prosecutor to investigate the disturbing allegations surrounding Mayor Catherine Pugh's questionable financial dealings with the University of Maryland Medical System. Today, agents for the FBI and the IRS executed search warrants at the mayor's homes and offices. Now more than ever, Baltimore City needs strong and responsible leadership. Mayor Pugh has lost the public trust. She is clearly not fit to lead. For the good of the city, Mayor Pugh must resign."

The backdrop: Pugh began an indefinite leave of absence on April 1 after the Baltimore Sun found that Kaiser Permanente paid Pugh more than $100,000 for 20,000 copies of her children's books from 2015 to 2018 — the same period in which Kaiser was seeking a contract to become the health care provider for the city's employees. Pugh was on the city's spending board when it awarded Kaiser the $48 million deal in 2017.

Go deeper: Baltimore health provider Kaiser Permanente bought $114,000 worth of mayor's books

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China sanctions Wilbur Ross, 5 other Americans over Hong Kong warnings

Photo: Al Drago/Bloomberg via Getty Images

The Chinese government imposed sanctions on Monday against six Americans, including former Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross, in response to an advisory from the Biden administration warning businesses of the increased risks of operating in Hong Kong.

Why it matters: It's the latest example of China responding furiously to U.S. attempts to shed light on human rights abuses in places like Hong Kong, Xinjiang and Tibet, which Chinese officials routinely condemn as "interference" in domestic affairs.

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Live updates: Olympics formally kick off with "sobering" opening ceremony

Naomi Osaka lights the Olympic cauldron. Photo: Maddie Meyer/Getty Images

After a year-long delay, the Tokyo Olympics are finally underway. But this year's largely spectator-less opening ceremony is a "sobering" event focused primarily on the athletes.

The latest: The cauldron in Tokyo has been lit, formally kicking off the Olympic Games. Tennis star Naomi Osaka had the honor of carrying the Olympic torch to light the cauldron.

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Cleveland Indians change name to "Guardians"

The Cleveland Indians baseball team announced Friday that it will change its name to the "Guardians," following years of activism and protests against a moniker considered offensive by many Native Americans.

Why it matters: It's the first time the team will change its name since 1915, a move that comes in the wake of the nationwide racial reckoning that began with the murder of George Floyd.