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Michele Scarponi, who won the Giro d'Italia in 2011, died after being hit by a van while training on Saturday. He was 37.
Scarponi was training near his home of Filottrano, near Ancona, when he was hit by a van at a crossroad. He leaves behind a wife and twin sons.
According to initial reports the Astana cyclist died on the spot and was unable to be revived by emergency services which arrived promptly.
Team Astana called it "a tragedy too big to be written" in a statement.
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Amid heightened security, French voters began casting ballots for their next president Sunday in a first-round poll that's seen as a litmus test for the spread of populism around the world.
More than 50,000 police and gendarmes were deployed to the 66,000 polling stations for Sunday's election, which comes after Thursday's deadly attack on the Champs-Elysees in which a police officer and a gunman were slain. The presidential poll is the first to be held during a state of emergency, put in place since the Paris attacks of November 2015.
Voters are choosing between 11 candidates in the most unpredictable contest in decades.
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Qatar has secured the release of 26 hostages after nearly a year and a half in captivity, including members of its ruling family, in what became possibly the region's most complex and sensitive hostage negotiation deal in recent years.
Several people with knowledge of the talks and a person involved in the negotiations said the hostage deal was linked to one of the largest population transfers in Syria's six-year-long civil war, and was delayed for several days due to an explosion one week ago that killed at least 130 people, most of them children and government supporters, waiting to be transferred.
The transfer of thousands of Syrian civilians was also tied to another deal involving 750 political prisoners to be released by the Syrian government.
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Hoping to spur economic growth, President Donald Trump embarked Friday on new steps to dismantle some of the tax and financial regulations established by former President Barack Obama.
Trump signed an executive order to review any major tax regulations set last year by his predecessor, as well as two memos to potentially revamp or eliminate fundamental elements of the 2010 Dodd-Frank financial reforms passed in the wake of the Great Recession.
"This is really the beginning of a whole new way of life that this country hasn't seen in really many, many years," the president said before signing the measures during his first visit to the Department of the Treasury.
A former Weather Underground radical who drove a getaway car in a bungled 1981 Brinks armored-car robbery that left three people dead was denied parole on Friday despite the fact Gov. Andrew Cuomo praised her behavior as a prisoner when he commuted her sentence last year.
Judith Clark has served 35 years of a 75-years-to-life sentence for the suburban New York heist, which led to the deaths of two police officers and a security guard. She won't be eligible for parole again until April 2019.
The Weather Underground was a 1960s group of increasingly violent anti-war activists. Clark called herself a freedom fighter, insisted on representing herself at trial and then refused to go to court, remaining in a cell.
Former President Barack Obama is scheduled to make his first public appearance since leaving the White House on Monday, with plans to hold a conversation at the University of Chicago.
Obama will discuss community organizing and civic engagement with “young leaders from area schools,” according to a release announcing the event.
Beginning at 11 a.m. at the school’s Reva and David Logan Center for the Arts, the discussion is invitation-only, but a television feed will be provided.
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Vice President Mike Pence and Australia's prime minister brushed off any lingering hostility over a contentious refugee deal and joined forces on Saturday to urge China to take a greater role in pressuring North Korea to drop its nuclear weapons program.
Pence and Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull repeatedly praised the decades-long American-Australian alliance following a meeting in Sydney, with the vice president thanking Turnbull for calling on Beijing to play a more active part in the international effort to de-escalate Pyongyang's nuclear threat.
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New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio issued a fiery challenge to President Donald Trump and Attorney General Jeff Sessions on Friday night, demanding they come to New York City and tell police officers to their faces that they city was — as the Justice Department alleged — "soft on crime."
The Trump administration sent a letter Friday morning to a number of major cities, all of which have limited law enforcement cooperation with federal authorities over local residents' immigration status. The letter threatened to cut off the cities' law enforcement grants over their sanctuary city status.
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A three-judge panel of a federal appeals court will hear arguments in an appeal of a Hawaii federal judge's ruling blocking President Donald Trump's travel ban.
The 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals on Friday denied a request by Hawaii attorneys asking that a panel of 11 judges hear the case next month.
Appeals are typically heard first by a three-judge panel before they are possibly examined by the larger panel.
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Aaron Hernandez’s fiancée, Shayanna Jenkins-Hernandez, has filed a motion on behalf of their daughter to preserve any evidence in his death.
She is seeking a preliminary injunction to stop the state from destroying documents, videos, audio recordings, writings and any other evidence linked to Hernandez's death.
It goes on to say that the plaintiff “intends to investigate all of the circumstances regarding Aaron Hernandez’s death.”
The parties named in the motion include the Massachusetts Department of Corrections and the superintendent of the Souza Baranowski Correctional Center in Shirley, Massachusetts.
A judge in New Bedford is due to hear the request at 2 p.m. Friday.
Former Vice President Joe Biden took a jab at Gov. Chris Christie over the region's mass transit woes Friday, chiding Christie's "infinite wisdom" in killing a rail tunnel project several years ago.
Biden, who speaks often of his love of commuting by rail, told an urban planning conference in New York that commuters in the region are still in "purgatory."
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Video posted online and receiving thousands of shares on social media appears to show the aftermath of an alleged incident involving an American Airlines flight attendant and passengers.
American Airlines spokesperson Leslie Scott said the flight attendant has been released temporarily while the company investigates the incident.
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Police dashcam video showing the arrest of a former Miami-Dade teacher suspected of driving drunk with her child in the backseat last month was exclusively obtained by NBC Miami Friday.
In the video, which is nearly two and a half hours long, Saryna Parker, a former 8th grade science teacher at South Dade Middle School, appears to be stumbling during a field sobriety test and slurring her words as she speaks, telling a Florida Highway Patrol trooper she wanted to kiss him.
AA lawyer for Ursula Ward, the mother of the man Aaron Hernandez was convicted of murdering, is asking the New England Patriots to voluntarily give Ward whatever money the ex-NFL star might still be owed.
Ward's attorney, Douglas Sheff, said at a news conference Friday that a court has already ruled Hernandez legally responsible for the death of Odin Lloyd in a wrongful-death lawsuit.
North Carolina elections officials found that about 500 ineligible voters cast ballots in the 2016 general election — but not enough to change the outcome of any race, according to an audit released Friday.
The State Board of Elections report said the 508 cases — the vast majority active felons — represented a small fraction of the 4.8 million ballots cast. The report didn't include any evidence of coordinated fraud, and many of the voters claimed to be confused about their eligibility.