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BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — With the wind chill falling to almost minus 40, Steve Hendershot's mind was elsewhere Thursday as he and his crew of roustabouts worked a well in North Dakota's booming oil patch.
Two detainees were sent home to Algeria from the US prison camp in Guantanamo Bay on Thursday, despite the prisoners' protests that they face persecution there. The Pentagon said Djamel Saiid Ali Ameziane and Bensayah Belkecem were transferred from the prison after a review "examined a number of factors, including security issues." The transfers were the latest in a series stemming from President Barack Obama's much-delayed efforts to meet his vow to finally shut down the US detention center in Cuba. With the departures, the number of inmates at Guantanamo has been whittled down to 162, nearly 12 years after the facility was opened at a US naval base on the southeastern tip of the island.