University of Iowa denies publishing ‘religious watch list’ after it’s accused of discrimination

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A Christian conservative student group filed a lawsuit against the University of Iowa after the group was kicked off campus for requiring its leaders to adhere to a faith standard that included a clause on sexual morality.But in...

Indiana superintendent accused of committing insurance fraud to help student resigns

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The Indiana school superintendent who was arrested for allegedly using her own insurance to help a sick student resigned on Friday.Casey Smitherman, superintendent of Elwood Community Schools, reportedly resigned at a school board meeting and said she was "embarrassed" by the...

Equine flu outbreak spreads with 174 racing stables now in lockdown

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• New fears that racing shutdown may extend beyond next week • Four new cases are found including three at original yardConcern that an outbreak of equine influenza (EI) could extend the shutdown of British racing beyond...

Experience: I climbed 61 mountains in a year

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I was inspired by the film Everest and wanted to see if someone ordinary, like me, could climb mountainsTwo years ago, on a flight to New Zealand, I watched the film Everest, in which...

Experience: I crossed the Alps on a space hopper

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I bought an original 1970s hopper on eBay and practised on a nearby hillAt the start of 2015, my life unexpectedly went belly up. Within the space of three months, my father died,...

The ‘magic’ lift pass to 30 Swiss ski resorts

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Switzerland’s new Magic Pass covers little-known villages in Val d’Anniviers with peaceful pistes and untracked powderWas this really a ski resort? It was hard to tell when we arrived at the empty car...

Country diary: a midwinter walk along the South Tyne trail

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Alston, Cumbria: The path follows a long-closed branch lineandpasses through a valley layered with historyThe shadow of a semaphore signal falls diagonally across the tracks as we leave Alston station to head north on...

Send us a tip on a UK adventure trail for the chance to win...

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Whether you’ve followed a path with imaginative play opportunities or one with fun family nature tasks, we want to hear about itTrails through countryside, particularly woodland, can be made more exciting by the installation...

Italy tourism minister attacks plans for Venice day-trippers charge

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Gian Marco Centinaio says plan to charge visitors up to €10 is ‘useless and damaging’The Italian tourism minister has criticised plans by Venice authorities to charge day-trippers to enter the city and oblige people...

Scilly season: why spring is the best time to visit

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Spring arrives early on Scilly and the charm of tiny, sleepy St Martin’s is that there is little-else to do but enjoy its flower-filled moors and covesGolden Mary, Scilly White, Sunrise, Golden Spur,...