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U.S. gymnast Simone Biles. Photo: Marijan Murat/picture alliance via Getty Images

The Russian Olympic Committee is taking home a gold medal in women's gymnastics after U.S. star Simone Biles pulled out of the team finals on Tuesday due to a medical issue.

State of play: The Russian gymnasts finished with a total score of 169.528, ahead of the U.S. in second place at 166.096. The gold medal won Tuesday is the first for the Russian team since the Unified Team won in Barcelona in 1992, AP notes.

  • The Russian Olympic Committee is now up by eight-tenths of a point as both teams head to floor exercise.
  • The last time Team USA lost a team final in the Olympics or world championships was in 2010, to Russia, the New York Times notes.

Driving the news: Biles left the competition area Tuesday with a medical examiner after one rotation on the vault in which she faltered. She was replaced by Jordan Chiles and returned to the floor to cheer on her teammates.

What she's saying: "For me, I'm proud for how the girls stepped up and did what they had to do. I owe this to the girls, it has nothing to do with me. I am very proud of them," Biles told reporters Tuesday.

  • "I said: 'you have done all the training, you can do this without me, and it will be just fine," Biles told Team USA when she withdrew from the rest of the women's team final after the first event.

Worth noting: Russian athletes are competing under the Olympic flag and not their own due to a doping ban.

Go deeper:

Simone Biles pulls out of gymnastics team finals with unknown medical issue

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Oct 6, 2021 - World

NATO expels 8 alleged spies from Russian mission

Vladimir Putin. Photo: Vladimir Smirnov\TASS via Getty Images

NATO has removed eight "undeclared Russian intelligence officers" and reduced the number of accredited members allowed to work for the Russian mission from 20 to 10, a NATO official confirmed to Axios.

Why it matters: It's the first time NATO has expelled Russians claiming to be diplomats since 2018, after Russian military intelligence officers were accused of poisoning former double agent Sergei Skripal and his daughter in Salisbury, England.

Oct 5, 2021 - World

Senators call on Biden to expel 300 Russian diplomats over Moscow embassy ban

Sens. Mark Warner (D-Va.) and Marco Rubio (R-Fla.) Photo: Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images

17 senators, including the top Democrats and Republicans on the Senate Intelligence and Foreign Relations committees, are calling on President Biden to expel 300 Russian diplomats if Moscow does not issue more diplomatic visas to make up for its ban on the U.S. Embassy hiring local Russian staff.

Why it matters: It would be the largest expulsion of Russian diplomats in U.S. history and would mark a major escalation in tensions between the two countries.

California governor declares drought emergency for entire state

California Gov. Gavin Newsom speakinng to reporters in Los Angeles in September. Photo: Allen J. Schaben/Los Angeles Times via Getty Images

California Gov. Gavin Newsom (D) extended a drought emergency declaration to cover the entire state on Tuesday.

Why it matters: "California is experiencing its worst drought since the late 1800s, as measured by both lack of precipitation and high temperatures," per a statement from the governor's office. This past August was the driest and hottest one on record, "and the water year that ended last month was the second driest on record," the statement added.