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  • Sweden may be needed to help the US in the coming meeting between President Donald Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un.
  • Sweden has had a long history of being a neutral country and has used that to help it gain diplomatic relations with North Korea.
  • Sweden has helped the US with issues in North Korea in the past.


As diplomats prepare for a high-stakes summit between U.S. President Donald Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un in May, Sweden could be a key actor in smoothing the way to the talks, including helping negotiate the release of three detained Americans.

The United States has no embassy or diplomatic relations with North Korea, so it often falls to Swedish diplomats to act as America’s messengers to the regime in Pyongyang. Sweden’s formal role is as the “protecting power” for the United States in North Korea, a neutral go-between for the two countries, which have never had diplomatic relations.

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  • Donald Trump will visit the UK in July, the White House has announced.
  • The trip will be a so-called "working visit" without the full regalia and royal status of a full state visit.
  • Previous reports of Trump's plans to visit the UK have been met with heavy criticism and the threat of widespread protests.


LONDON — US President Donald Trump will visit the UK on July 13.

Trump's spokeswoman Sarah Sanders said on Thursday afternoon that Trump will make his first visit to the UK since he became president.

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  • It's the 32nd anniversary of the Chernobyl disaster. Now the site is being developed into a solar farm. 
  • Two companies have a contract to start building a one-megawatt solar farm next month, and they're planning on adding 99 more megawatts in the future.
  • The Ukrainian government is offering incentives for renewable energy companies to develop the abandoned land.

Thirty-two years ago to the day, a radioactive release 10 times larger than the Hiroshima bomb forced hundreds of thousands of people to permanently evacuate the Chernobyl nuclear reactor. Now the abandoned site is about to start generating power again. But instead of nuclear energy, Chernobyl will be home to photovoltaic solar panels, Bloomberg reports.

Rodina Energy Group, a Ukrainian firm, and Enerparc Ag, a German clean energy company, announced in December the joint development of a $1.2 million project to build a one-megawatt solar farm on the site (enough to power about 200 households), just a few hundred feet from the deactivated reactor. 

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For every Peyton Manning or Von Miller in the NFL Draft, there is another former top prospect who didn't pan out.

Whether they failed because of injuries, substance abuse, or just poor play, all of these players provide fascinating case studies of the NFL's demanding environment and the fleeting nature of athletic success.

Below, read all about the 26 most notorious draft busts from recent NFL history. The group includes seven quarterbacks, 11 players taken among the first five picks, and 24 players who never made a Pro Bowl.

Sam Belden contributed to this post.

26. Maurice Clarett, RB Ed Andrieski/AP

School: Ohio State

Selected: 101st overall, 2005 draft, Denver Broncos

Played for: N/A

Pro Bowls: 0

Seasons as primary starter: 0

One thing to know: This Ohio native was never the most coveted prospect out there, but his bizarre story makes him a noteworthy disappointment. After a futile attempt to enter the 2004 draft as a sophomore and the loss his NCAA eligibility for that fall, Clarett should have arrived at the 2005 combine with a chip on his shoulder. Instead, he posted lackluster times of 4.72 and 4.82 seconds in the 40-yard dash. Undeterred, the Broncos still made a ridiculous reach to get him in the third round, but they got their just desserts when he washed out of training camp and never appeared in an NFL game.



25. Phillip Dorsett, WR Maddie Meyer/Getty

School: Miami

Selected: 29th overall, 2015 draft, Indianapolis Colts

Played for: Indianapolis Colts, New England Patriots

Pro Bowls: 0

Seasons as primary starter: 0

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Do you remember when the defense industry could actually build airplanes? Not just build airplanes, but mass produce them in large numbers?

Of course you don’t.

Over time, military aircraft have become so complicated and defense industry has become so impervious to outside forces that you probably weren’t born when the United States could actually build tough, reliable and relatively low cost airplanes.

Look no further than the B-52, also known as the “BUFF” for “Big, Ugly, Fat F*cker.” Boeing built more than 700 of the bombers between 1952 and 1962 and the Air Force expects to keep flying the BUFF until the 2050s. That means that a bomber first built during the Truman administration will still be putting warheads on foreheads about the time the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan reach their halfway mark.

In comparison, the B-1 Lancer and B-2 Spirit, which first flew in the 1980s, are both expected to be retired in the early 2030s — more than a decade earlier than planned, according to Air Force Magazine.NASA’s Space Shuttle retired in 2011 after 30 years of service. The SR-71 Blackbird bowed out in 1990 after flying for 24 years.

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As the longest serving combat aircraft in the US military, the BUFF proves that when it comes to bells and whistles, less is more.

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You are not ready for "God of War" on PlayStation 4. I certainly wasn't. 

Maybe you've seen the trailers, or read our review? Or maybe you're only vaguely aware of a PlayStation 4 reboot to the long-running "God of War" franchise? Maybe you've never played a "God of War" game! Maybe you're a veteran video game journalist who was expecting a 10-to-12 hour hack-and-slash game?

Turns out, we're all in the same wobbly boat as Kratos and his son Atreus, the game's heroes. It's hard to imagine someone being adequately prepared for the sweeping epic that is the new "God of War." It's not just a really good game —  it's an absolutely massive blockbuster that's full of surprises for even seasoned, cynical video game nerds like myself.

Allow me to explain:

1. It's incredibly fun to play. Sony

At its basest level, "God of War" is a fun game.

I don't mean that to sound reductive — the minute-to-minute gameplay of "God of War" is thoroughly enjoyable. Whether Kratos is taking on groups of enemies, toppling massive mythological creatures, solving puzzles, or just exploring, the simple act of playing "God of War" is a delight.

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Best of all: "God of War" has that "just one more" quality shared by the best games. Maybe that's "just one more" fight, or "just one more" objective you want to complete — I found myself constantly playing "God of War" past...

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  • The National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism defines "low risk" drinking as three drinks per day for women and four drinks per day for men.
  • Drinking too much can have multiple negative effects on your body in the long term.
  • Risks include weight gain, pancreatitis, heart problems, high blood pressure, a weakened immune system, and a damaged liver.


It's pretty common knowledge that having a glass of red wine every night can actually decrease your risk for certain health issues, like
 diabetes, as one study published in the Annals of Internal Medicine found.

But what happens when that one glass turns into two? Or three? Or four?

It turns out there's a fine line between safe alcohol consumption and unhealthy alcohol consumption. According to the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism, if you're a woman and you're drinking more than seven drinks per week, or if you're a man and drinking more than 14 drinks per week, you're at a higher risk for developing alcohol use disorder.

For perspective, Philip J. Cook, PhD, a professor of sociology and economy at Duke University who wrote a book about drinking in America, the top 10% of Americans who consume the most alcohol on a weekly basis have an average of 61 drinks...

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  • President Donald Trump said he gave first lady Melania Trump "a beautiful card and some beautiful flowers" for her 48th birthday on Thursday.
  • Trump fretted during a "Fox & Friends" interview that he would get in trouble for the simple gift, and said, "maybe I didn't get her so much."
  • Trump may not need to worry — the simple card-and-flowers combination is a popular gift presidents give to their first ladies.

President Donald Trump fretted during a Thursday morning "Fox and Friends" appearance about his birthday gift to first lady Melania Trump, which he admitted he was too busy to buy.

At the beginning of the interview, Trump even suggested that the Fox News appearance itself might be considered a gift.

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  • Potential first overall pick Josh Allen had a series of offensive tweets resurface on Wednesday night just hours before the 2018 NFL Draft.
  • Allen called ESPN's Stephen A. Smith late that night, apologizing for the language he used and hoping to explain himself.
  • ESPN's Adam Schefter claimed that some believe the release of the tweets was timed by a team hoping that Allen could fall to them in the draft.

Josh Allen apologized for a string of offensive tweets from his past that resurfaced just hours before he's expected go among the top picks of the 2018 NFL Draft.

The tweets in question, which have since been deleted, were reported by Yahoo Sports and have now led to concerns from some that Allen may fall in the draft. In the tweets, Allen used offensive language, including racial and homophobic slurs. In one now-deleted message, Allen joked "If it ain’t white, it ain’t right!" which he would later attribute to the television show "Modern Family."


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  • A bearded US Army soldier who worships Thor, the Norse god of thunder, is being permitted to keep his beard as part of the military's effort to be more religiously accommodating. 
  • The military began allowing beards in 2017.
  • The military's prohibition of beards largely dates back to World War I and the introduction of chemical warfare.

A bearded US Army soldier who worships Thor, the Norse god of thunder, is being permitted to keep his beard as part of the military's effort to be more religiously accommodating. 

In 2017, the Army decided to allow soldiers to wear a turban, beard or hijab for religious reasons. Initially, religious accommodation of facial hair in the Army seemed to be directed at Sikh service members (beards are a religious requirement for male Sikhs).

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  • Facebook has been accused of hiding evidence from a powerful group of British parliamentarians.
  • UK lawmakers said Facebook executives Simon Milner and Monika Bickert were not frank about the Cambridge Analytica data breach during a hearing in February.
  • Facebook CTO Mike Schroepfer said it is possible Milner and Bickert would not have known about the breach.


Facebook has been accused of concealing evidence about the Cambridge Analytica scandal from a powerful group of British parliamentarians.

UK lawmakers on the parliamentary Digital, Culture, Media, and Sport Committee (DCMSC) said Facebook hid information about the breach during a February hearing in Washington DC, despite the company being aware of the issue in December 2015.

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  • Hodlmoon makes $59 "ugly sweaters" emblazoned with the logos of popular cryptocurrencies, including bitcoin, Ethereum, and Litecoin.
  • The garment is becoming the unofficial uniform for crypto investors.
  • After launching last October, Hodlmoon sold more than 2,000 ugly sweaters and generated approximately $200,000 in revenue in 2017.

 

You might have guessed that the business at UglyChristmasSweater.com is seasonal, but there's one garment that's keeping the fashion faux pas in style year-round.

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Smart speakers — Amazon's Echo, for example — are the latest device category poised to take a chunk of our increasingly digital lives. These devices are made primarily for the home and execute a user's voice commands via an integrated digital assistant. These digital assistants can play music, answer questions, and control other devices within a user's home, among other things. 

The central question for this new product category is not when they will take off, but which devices will rise to the top. To answer this question, Business Insider Intelligence surveyed our leading-edge consumer panel, gathering exclusive data on Amazon's recently released Echo Show and Echo Look, as well as Apple's HomePod. 

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  • Away is the direct-to-consumer luggage company that everyone is watching. 
  • Having talked to tons of travelers about their most common traveling woes, the founders of Away created suitcases that not only solved these modern inconveniences, but also look good while doing so. 
  • I tried the Carry-On ($225), and I loved its compartments that could fit a lot more than you think they would, its built-in lock and battery, and its variety of customizable options. 

I've used the same carry-on suitcase for nearly 15 years. Aside from its durability, there's no reason other than pure emotional attachment that I still carry it today(it was the suitcase I brought for my first ever plane ride in elementary school).

A "traditional" fabric suitcase with an exterior zippered pocket, a single interior compartment with buckled straps, and an interior mesh pocket, it was neither light nor easy to pack. I was long overdue for a new carry-on, and in the end, I found a worthy replacement for this travel companion of the early 2000s in Away's Carry-On

Away, a direct-to-consumer startup led by retail mavens Steph Korey and Jen Rubio, makes the "it" suitcase that many travelers love and even more travelers want. It...

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  • Nintendo president Tatsumi Kimishima is stepping down, having served a temporary role as acting director after the sudden death of former Nintendo president Satoru Iwata in 2015.
  • The Japanese gaming giant is getting a new president: Shuntaro Furukawa, a longtime Nintendo staffer.
  • At just 46 years old, Furukawa is a notably young leader for Nintendo.


Nintendo has a new president: Shuntaro Furukawa, a veteran Nintendo employee who's just 46 years old.

The move comes as no surprise, as retiring president Tatsumi Kimishima was intended as an interim director. He was appointed as such in 2015 by Nintendo's board — a measure taken in response to the sudden death of long-time Nintendo president Satoru Iwata in the summer of 2015.

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I’d seen the YouTube videos, hundreds of them probably, maybe a thousand if there are that many. But this was nothing like the videos.

On a lofty sheet of silence, like a UFO, it slid in from our left, our aircraft’s right as we faced rearward in the tanker bay. Only forty feet or so from me, 350 MPH, 22,000 feet above the earth. It was huge. And perfect.

My first memory as a child was of an airshow. The Thunderbirds. F-4 Phantoms. They were big and loud and smoky. The men wore crew cuts and precise fitting flight suits. They were just like the Apollo astronauts on black and white TV that Walter Cronkite talked about. One bent down and shook my hand, “You gonna be a pilot?” That was it for me.

I try to concentrate now, but it is difficult. This is my job. Camera set up to aperture priority, image stabilizer on, autofocus set correctly, aperture priority mode. ASA set to 500, shutter jumping around 1/1000th, f 5.6 to f 8. Hold the camera steady. Remember to compose- rule of thirds- watch the tail, don’t cut the tail off and ruin the shot. You can recompose in Photoshop, go a little wider on the zoom. Hold the camera steady, steady… Click, click, click, click, click…

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  • The NFL Draft starts April 26 and will air for three consecutive days. 
  • The draft will be airing on multiple networks and available over multiple streaming services. 


Hope springs eternal for every franchise tonight as the NFL Draft kicks off. 

Whether you will be waiting with baited breath to see which player your favorite team takes, or are just curious about a draft that is still shrouded in mystery, we have all the details of how you could follow along. 

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  • Bed Bath & Beyond has been struggling to keep up with competition, while The Container Store has been slowly working to improve its sales, according to Retail Dive.
  • The stores have a few obvious differences, with Bed Bath & Beyond having more bedding, decor, and personal care, while The Container Store has a greater focus on custom closets and storage solutions. 
  • After visiting both stores, we found that beyond the obvious differences, The Container Store ultimately has a better variety of the products it carries and is much easier to shop at than Bed Bath & Beyond. 

 

Bed Bath & Beyond and The Container Store have championed the art of organization, selling everything from kitchenware to clothing storage and are known for their endless solutions to combat clutter.

But both retailers have faced challenges recently. 

Bed Bath & Beyond stock plunged more than 18% after the company reported disappointing 2018 guidance last Thursday. Also last week, the credit-ratings agency Standard & Poor downgraded its bonds to the lowest level still considered investment grade, according to CNN Money. Retail experts say the biggest issue may be with Bed Bath & Beyond's stores — "Too many of Bed Bath & Beyond's stores — especially older ones — are a mess," Neil Saunders, managing director of GlobalData Retail, wrote in an email to CNBC

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Kanye West has been tweeting a lot over the past week, covering topics ranging from his and Donald's Trump shared "dragon energy" to comparing his home to "the sunken place" from "Get Out." 

Many were quick to critique the rapper and call him words like "crazy," prompting Kim Kardashian West to come to her husband's defense. Another person who stepped in was Kardashian-Jenner matriarch Kris Jenner, who wanted to make certain things crystal clear.

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