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Authorities Identify Suicide Bomber In Deadly Tunisia Bus Attack

The Tunisian Interior ministry identified the suicide bomber in Tuesday's bus attack as a 27-year-old Tunisian man named Houssam Abdelli.

The Interior Ministry released a statement Thursday:

Turkey Releases Recording Of Warnings To Russian Plane

Turkey says audio from the cockpit supports its position that Turkish pilots repeatedly warned a Russian military plane that it it was violating Turkish airspace before shooting it down.

Dalia Mortada reports for NPR that the surviving Russian pilot continues to deny the signal.

Turkey says it warned the Russian Su-24 fighter jet 10 times before Turkish F-16s shot it down on Tuesday, but Russia maintains the jet was flying over Syria at the time.

An image of Ceres taken by NASA's Dawn spacecraft shows the two mysterious, bright spots on the dwarf planet.

NASA Probe Prepares For Its Final Pass Around Ceres

This is the time of year that ancient Greeks gave thanks to the goddess Ceres for bringing forth a bountiful harvest. Modern planetary scientists give thanks to a different Ceres — not a goddess, but the largest object in the belt between Mars and Jupiter.

Studying Ceres should help researchers gain a better understanding of how our solar system formed, and they'll soon have unique new data about Ceres from a NASA spacecraft called Dawn, which is spending this Thanksgiving heading for its closest, and final, orbit around the dwarf planet.

Your Adult Siblings May Hold The Secret To A Long, Happy Life

Somehow we're squeezing 16 people into our apartment for Thanksgiving this year, with relatives ranging in age from my 30-year-old nephew to my 90-year-old mother. I love them all, but in a way the one I know best is the middle-aged man across the table whose blue eyes look just like mine: my younger brother Paul.

The author and members of her host family.

Peace Corps Volunteer To Have Turkey-Free But Thankful Thanksgiving

This year I'm having two Thanksgivings.

But neither of them will be at home with my family. I've been in the Peace Corps since October of 2014, stationed in Ghana's Northern Region. On Thursday, I'll spend the day in northern Ghana with three friends, also Peace Corps volunteers. We plan to indulge ourselves by buying a few fried chicken legs from a roadside stand.

<em>Melitta americana</em>, a cranberry-loving bee from Georgia.

Thanksgiving Buzz: What Would Pilgrims Say About The Plight Of Bees?

Got cranberries? How about squash and pumpkin pie? These favorites would not be as bountiful without bees and other wild pollinators.

Honey bees were first imported into the American colonies by early European settlers, who recognized their value in producing fruits and other crops.

It actually costs more than a penny to make a penny.

Critics Wonder Whether Pennies Make Sense Anymore

Is it finally time to get rid of the penny? The question was put to the top currency official in the country this week after comedian John Oliver took a swing at pennies on his TV show.

"Two percent of Americans admitted to regularly throwing pennies in the garbage, which means the U.S. Mint is spending millions to make garbage," Oliver said.

The closing ceremony of the Second Vatican Council in St. Peter Square on Dec. 9, 1965. Forty bishops pledged to forsake worldly goods, but the agreement was largely ignored. Pope Francis' emphasis on helping the poor has revived talk about the Pact of the Catacombs.

Pope Francis' Emphasis On Poverty Revives The 'Pact of The Catacombs'

A half-century ago, 40 bishops from around the world gathered in an ancient Roman church and signed a pledge to forsake worldly goods and live like the neediest among their flock.

They were in Rome for the Second Vatican Council in 1965, the deliberations that opened the Catholic Church to the modern world.

The bishops' all but forgotten pledge, known as the Pact of the Catacombs, has gained new resonance with Pope Francis' vision of a church for the poor.

Rick and Letha Heitman, of Centennial, Colo., bought their health plan in 2015 through Colorado HealthOP, an insurance cooperative that will close at the end of the year. HealthOp's CEO says the co-op was "blindsided" when some promised federal subsidies failed to materialize.

Many Health Co-Ops Fold, Others Survive Startup Struggles

Thousands of Americans are again searching for health insurance after losing it for 2016. That's partly because some large, low-cost insurers — health cooperatives, set up under the Affordable Care Act — are folding in a dozen states.

An artist's depiction of the meeting of Hernan Cortes and La Malinche with the Aztec emperor Montezuma II.

Despite Similarities, Pocahontas Gets Love, Malinche Gets Hate. Why?

Pocahontas had nothing to do with the first Thanksgiving. She died in 1617, four years before the celebration in Plymouth.

Neither did Malinche, her Mexican counterpart, who lived in the 1500s.

But I've been thinking about both women on the eve of the Thanksgiving holiday. They were part of the bigger story — the clash between the Native Americans who lived on this land and the European explorers and settlers who came and conquered.