Deep within the massive stone Jaguar Paw Temple at the ancient Mayan city of El Mirador in Guatemala, scientists have found the bones of the not-so-humble domestic turkey.

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The appearance of numerous large craters in Siberian permafrost has been attributed, at least by some, to the venting of large pockets of methane gas, possibly in a dramatic or sudden way. Chris Mooney | The Washington Post
The top U.S. commander in Afghanistan, Gen. John F. Campbell, said Wednesday that several service members had been suspended from duty after an internal military investigation of the U.S. Rod Nordland
Worldwide efforts to reduce human emissions of sulfur dioxide and other aerosols have been a victory for environmental and public health advocates. But those pollutants also protect Arctic ice from solar heat. Yereth Rosen
 Leaders in both Moscow and Ankara said Wednesday that they wanted to avoid ratcheting up the tensions between their countries after Turkey shot down a Russian warplane along the Syrian border, but the Kremlin was still weighing its options.Neil MacFarquhar
For a few moments, the sight could have been confused for a miraculous arrival ahead of the Christmas season: A newborn baby, hours old and full term, appeared within a nativity scene at a Queens church on Monday.J. DAVID GOODMAN and AL BAKER
Of the many places to learn the nuances of traditional Thanksgiving etiquette, none are quite like Wardie Sanders’ high school classroom. In this small Southern town, home to a Fortune 500 company, 30 Baptist churches and acres of cotton fields, Sanders has for 16 years taught seniors in her history class at Hartsville High how to eat a proper Thanksgiving meal.Kim Severson
Two big powers supporting different factions in the Syrian civil war clashed with each other Tuesday when Turkish fighter jets shot down a Russian warplane that Turkey said had strayed into its airspace.Neil MacFarquhar and Steven Erlanger
Ann Pickard, who took the reins of Shell's exploration efforts in Alaska's Arctic offshore waters after the company's troubled 2012 drilling season, will join the board of Houston-based construction company KBR in December and retire from Shell in February.Alaska Dispatch News
 Cancer researchers say there has been a substantial increase in women under the age of 26 who have received a diagnosis of early-stage cervical cancer, a pattern that they say is most likely an effect of the Affordable Care Act.Sabrina Tavernise