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President Obama shakes hands with Oman's Deputy Prime Minister Sayyid Fahad Bin Mahmood Al Said at Camp David, Md., on May 14, 2015. Oman said Monday that it had accepted 10 prisoners being released from Guantanamo Bay in Cuba. That reduces the number of detainees remaining at Guantanamo to 45. Pablo Martinez Monsivais/AP hide caption

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The Two-Way - News Blog

10 Guantanamo Prisoners Freed In Oman; 45 Detainees Remain

Under President Obama, the detainee population has gone from 242 to 45. But he hasn't closed Guantanamo as pledged, and Donald Trump has called for more suspects to be sent to the prison in Cuba.

President Obama and his national security adviser, Susan Rice, walk with the chairwoman of Vietnam's National Assembly Nguyen Thi Kim Ngan, third from right, during a visit to the capital Hanoi in May 2016. Carolyn Kaster/AP hide caption

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Parallels - World News

Obama Adviser Susan Rice Cites Syrian War As Biggest Disappointment

Rice has dealt with many crises as President Obama's national security adviser and his United Nations ambassador. As she prepares to depart, she tells NPR that Syria stands out as the most difficult.

Obama Adviser Susan Rice Cites Syrian War As Biggest Disappointment

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The Two-Way - News Blog

An Ice Shelf Is Cracking In Antarctica, But Not For The Reason You Think

Antarctica's Larsen C ice shelf is about to lose an iceberg the size of Delaware. Scientists gathering in the U.K. are scratching their heads about why it's cracking off.

An Ice Shelf Is Cracking In Antarctica, But Not For The Reason You Think

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Bobby Rush (left) and Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. at Chicago's City Hall in 1965. Courtesy of the artist / Bernard Kleina hide caption

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World Cafe

Bobby Rush Remembers Martin Luther King Jr.

XPN

Listen to the blues legend share his memories of the powerful message Dr. King delivered when they met.

Bobby Rush On Martin Luther King Jr.

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Shots - Health News

When The Brain Scrambles Names, It's Because You Love Them

If your mom had to run though the name of everyone in the family, including the dog, before hitting yours, it's probably because you're all in a mental folder labeled "loved ones."

When The Brain Scrambles Names, It's Because You Love Them

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J.Y. Lee, vice chairman of Samsung Electronics, arrives at the office of the independent counsel last Thursday in Seoul, South Korea. Prosecutors are now seeking an arrest warrant for Lee. Chung Sung-Jun/Getty Images hide caption

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The Two-Way - News Blog

Arrest Warrant Sought For Samsung Heir In S. Korean Presidential Bribery Scandal

Jay Y. Lee, the de facto head of Samsung Electronics, is accused of paying tens of millions of dollars in bribes to a confidant of President Park Geun-hye in a growing influence-peddling scandal.

Arrest Warrant Sought For Samsung Heir In S. Korean Presidential Bribery Scandal

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First lady Michelle Obama speaks as she welcomes community leaders from across the country to celebrate the successes and share best practices to continue the work of the Mayor's Challenge to End Veterans' Homelessness East Room of the White House complex in Washington on Nov. 14, 2016. Manuel Balce Ceneta/AP hide caption

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Code Switch

'Meaning of Michelle' Essays Celebrate First Lady's Realness

In a new collection, 16 essayists describe how Michelle Obama helped change the perception of black women and the White House.

More than a hundred female federal inmates, sentenced to long term prison, have instead been stuck for years in the Metropolitan Detention Center in Brooklyn where conditions violate international standards. RJ Capak/WireImage/Getty Images hide caption

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For Female Inmates In New York City, Prison Is A Crowded, Windowless Room

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More than a hundred female federal inmates, sentenced to long-term prison, have instead been stuck for years in a New York detention center where conditions violate international standards.

For Female Inmates In New York City, Prison Is A Crowded, Windowless Room

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House Speaker Paul Ryan and Vice President-elect Mike Pence plan to include defunding of Planned Parenthood in a budget reconciliation bill intended to also defund the Affordable Care Act. J. Scott Applewhite/AP hide caption

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Shots - Health News

That Vow To Defund Planned Parenthood: Easy To Say, Hard To Do

Kaiser Health News

Federal funding for the group that helps supply women's reproductive health care is built into multiple places in the budget, and stripping it out is not as simple as it may sound.

Pittsburgh Steelers kicker Chris Boswell runs off the field after an NFL divisional playoff football game against the Kansas City Chiefs on Sunday in Kansas City, Mo. The Steelers won 18-16. Ed Zurga/AP hide caption

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Sports

Steelers Beat Chiefs With A Record 6 Field Goals; Packers Upset Cowboys

Pittsburgh will face New England in the AFC championship game. Green Bay defeated Dallas with a 51-yard field goal as time expired to make it to the NFC championship game to play against Atlanta.

Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson, along with other law enforcement officials taking part in security preparations for President-elect Donald Trump's inauguration, hold a briefing on Friday. Manuel Balce Ceneta/AP hide caption

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Politics

Security Will Be Massive At Trump's Inauguration

Thousands of law enforcement officers from dozens of agencies will guard the ceremonies, and authorities have planned for many contingencies, says Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson.

A Cuban migrant bound for the U.S. by way of Central America rests in a shelter in Costa Rica in November 2015. Until President Barack Obama ended the so-called "wet foot, dry foot" policy on Thursday, Cubans who reached U.S. soil either by sea or land were allowed to stay and seek permanent residency. Ezequiel Becerra/AFP/Getty Images hide caption

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Code Switch

End Of 'Wet Foot, Dry Foot' Means Cubans Can Join Ranks Of Undocumented

Unlike other migrants who arrive on American soil without visas, Cubans once had a unique place in U.S. immigration policy. Not anymore.

For the band's Simon & Garfunkel cover, Disturbed's lead singer, David Draiman (second from left), utilized the classical vocal techniques he learned at his synagogue as a child. Travis Shinn/Courtesy of the artist hide caption

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Music Interviews

When Metal Goes Acoustic: Disturbed On Covering Simon & Garfunkel

The band's Grammy-nominated cover of "The Sound of Silence" seems to come out of left field — until you learn where lead singer David Draiman first cut his teeth as a performer.

When Metal Goes Acoustic: Disturbed On Covering Simon & Garfunkel

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