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A Public Affairs Officer escorts media through Camp X-Ray, the first detention facility to hold "enemy combatants" at the U.S. Naval Station in Guantanamo Bay, Cuba.

U.S. Transfers 5 Guantanamo Detainees To Georgia, Slovakia

The United States has transferred five detainees being held at its prison in Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, to Georgia and Slovakia.

As The Wall Street Journal reports, four of the men are Yemeni and that is important because they are the first Yemeni prisoners to be transferred since 2010. The paper explains:

Blind From Birth, But Able To Use Sound To 'See' Faces

A brain area that recognizes faces remains functional even in people who have been blind since birth, researchers say. The finding, presented at the Society for Neuroscience Meeting this week, suggests that facial recognition is so important that evolution has hardwired it into the human brain.

A tub of Susan Stamberg's mother-in-law's famous cranberry relish made by Beth Hansen of Easton, Md.

Mama Stamberg's Cranberry Relish Put To The Test At Amish Market

The request was forwarded to me from a distant (fifth floor — I'm on four) division of NPR.

It came from Justin Lucas, the head of NPR's Audience and Community Relations team. He's the go-to person here for requests from listeners, for information or permissions.

He'd gotten a letter from Beth Hansen, owner of Soup and Salad, a small sandwich shop in Easton, Md., a charming old town on the Eastern Shore of the Chesapeake Bay.

Justin read me an excerpt of the request: "I'd love to make and sell Mama Stamberg's Cranberry Chutney. A portion of the proceeds..."

Colleges Straddle Line Between Assault Prevention And Victim-Blaming

As efforts increase around the nation to combat campus sexual assault, one aspect of prevention seems to confound schools the most: how to warn students about staying safe — without sounding like they're blaming the victim.

A massive amount of snow is keeping the Buffalo Bills from playing on Sunday at Ralph Wilson Stadium. The game with the New York Jets has been moved to Detroit, and they'll play Monday night.

Snowed-Out Buffalo Bills To Play N.Y. Jets In Detroit

Thanks to a massive snowstorm in western New York state, the National Football League has moved the Buffalo Bills' home game against the New York Jets this weekend to Detroit.

More than 5 feet of snow have fallen in some areas and even more had been expected by Friday.

'I Will Not Sit Idly By' And Other Congressional Tweets On Immigration

President Obama announced Thursday that he's using executive actions to grant temporary relief to some of the nearly 12 million immigrants living in the United States illegally.

WATCH: President Obama's Speech On Immigration

In a prime-time speech on Thursday, Obama defied congressional Republicans by announcing a plan that shields up to 5 million immigrants from deportation.

Via the PBS Newshour, here's video of Obama's 15-minute speech:

Also, here is the text of the speech as it was prepared for delivery:

My fellow Americans, tonight, I'd like to talk with you about immigration.

Moderate Drinker Or Alcoholic? Many Americans Fall In Between

A lot of us make the assumption that there are two kinds of drinkers: moderate drinkers who have a glass of wine with dinner, and on the other end of the spectrum, alcoholics.

But this is not an accurate picture, according to researchers.

Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker (center) talks about recent Republican Party gains and the road ahead for the GOP as Indiana Gov. Mike Pence (left) and Texas Gov. Rick Perry listen during a Wednesday press conference at the Republican governors' conference in Boca Raton, Fla.

At GOP Governors Meeting, Immigration Casts A Wide Shadow

More than two dozen members of the Republican Governors Association gathered this week in Boca Raton, Fla., to talk about policy issues and bask in their success after the recent midterm election.

Under New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie's chairmanship, the RGA spent $130 million and achieved remarkable success at the polls: All but two Republican governors running for re-election won. And the GOP even won governors' races in deep blue states like Illinois, Massachusetts and Maryland.

President Obama announces executive actions on U.S. immigration policy during a nationally televised address from the White House on Thursday.

Obama Goes It Alone, Shielding Up To 5 Million Immigrants From Deportation

After six years of often bitter back-and-forth with congressional Republicans over the issue of immigration, President Obama announced he has decided to go it alone by temporarily shielding up to 5 million immigrants from being deported.

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