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Simone Biles gets ready to compete in the uneven bars event of the artistic gymnastics women's qualification during the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games at the Ariake Gymnastics Centre in Tokyo on July 25. Photo: Loic Venance/AFP via Getty Images

U.S. gymnastics great Simone Biles won't defend her Olympic title in the upcoming all-around final as she continues to focus on her mental health, USA Gymnastics announced Wednesday.

Driving the news: The 24-year-old four-time Olympic gold medalist's decision comes after she pulled out of the women's gymnastics team finals on Tuesday, saying she didn't want to jeopardize her health and well-being. USA Gymnastics said in a statement it applauded Biles' "bravery in prioritizing her well-being."

"Her courage shows, yet again, why she is a role model for so many."
— Team USA

The big picture: Biles was due to compete in the all-around final on Thursday. U.S. teammate Jade Carey will take her place, according to USA Gymnastics' statement.

  • Biles also qualified for all four of next week's individual event finals. She "will continue to be evaluated daily to determine whether or not to participate in next week's event finals," Team USA said.

Editor's note: This article has been updated with new details throughout.

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Larry Nassar appears for sentencing in Eaton County Circuit Court on February 5, 2018, in Charlotte, Mich. Photo: Rena Laverty/AFP via Getty Images

The FBI has fired an agent accused of failing to properly investigate the sexual assault allegations against USA Gymnastics doctor Larry Nassar, the Washington Post reports.

Why it matters: Michael Langeman was fired just days before Wednesday's public hearing into the FBI's handling of the Nassar case — which will feature testimony from gymnasts Simone Biles, McKayla Maroney, Maggie Nichols and Aly Raisman.

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Why it matters: The region has several of the most biodiverse areas of the planet, but they are constantly threatened by logging, mining or aquifer overexploitation.

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Multiple congressional offices will be closed Friday amid security precautions ahead of Saturday's rally in support of jailed Jan. 6 rioters, aides who have been instructed to work remotely tell Axios.

Why it matters: As the U.S. Capitol faces its first large-scale security test since the deadly attack, House and Senate offices are taking precautionary measures to protect staff as well as lawmakers.