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Photos of the Week: 11/14 - 11/21
Residents and tourists gather around a whale as they try to return it to the ocean from Popoyo beach in Rivas, Nicaragua, Friday, Nov. 14, 2014. They were unable to help the beached whale discovered Friday morning. (Esteban Felix, AP)
An athlete competes in the Air Sports Paragliding Men's Individual Accuracy during the 2014 Asian Beach Games at Chaofa Mine on November 17, 2014 in Phuket, Thailand. (Cameron Spencer, Getty)
As the U.S. town of Ferguson, Missouri, awaits a grand jury decision on whether to bring criminal charges against a police officer who killed unarmed 18-year-old Michael Brown, demonstrators lay on the ground during a mock death protest of Michael Brown on November 16, 2014. (Samuel Corum, Anadolu Agency/Getty Images)
A fire bull runs after a reveler during the 'Toro de Jubilo' Fire Bull Festival in Medinaceli, Spain, Sunday, Nov. 16, 2014. The Fire bull Festival "Toro de Jubilo" that takes place in the main square of Medinaceli is an ancient tradition from the bronze age. During the event a bull is tied to a pylon and flammable balls attached to the bull's horns are set on fire before the animal released. Revelers dodge the bull when it comes close until the flammable material is consumed. The bull is covered with a thick layer of mud on the back and face to protect it from burns. (Andres Kudacki, AP)
A mailman carries mail through a patch of setting sunlight outside of a corner market, Tuesday, Nov. 18, 2014, in Baltimore, where temperatures hovered around freezing most of the day. Maryland fared better than other states Tuesday when a wintry blast that included bitter cold in spots created havoc across a wide swath of the country. (Patrick Semansky, AP)
91-year-old Nel Bolten has a tattoo on her chest that says: 'Do not reanimate, I am 91+' on November 15, 2014 in The Hague, The Netherlands. Dutch Health Minister Edith Schippers has declared that this tattoo is a legal declaration that gives Nel Bolten the right to self determination to end her life. Euthanasia and self determination to end one's life are complex issues in The Netherlands with an ever increasing population of eldery people. (Michel Porro, Getty)
A Filipino girl looks from inside a Philippine Sokol military helicopter during a static display to celebrate the 75th year of the Department of National Defense at Camp Aguinaldo military headquarters in suburban Quezon City, north of Manila, Philippines on Sunday, Nov. 16, 2014. (Aaron Favila, AP)
A pedestrian walks through deep snow on Thursday, Nov. 20, 2014, in Cheektowaga, N.Y. A new blast of lake-effect snow pounded Buffalo for a third day piling more misery on a city already buried by an epic, deadly snowfall that could leave some areas with nearly 8 feet of snow on the ground when it's all done. (AP Photo/Mike Groll)
A newborn baboon cuddles a teddy bear after its mom refused to have her at Gaziantep Zoo, in Gazitantep, Turkey on November 15, 2014. Gaziantep Zoo clinic chief and mother-of-two Ozsun Yurt Gunes (not seen) takes care of the newborn baby at her home after she finishes her shifts at the Zoo. (Kerem Kocalar, Anadolu Agency/Getty)
Chicago Bulls center Joakim Noah grabs a rebound during the second half of an NBA basketball game against the Los Angeles Clippers, Monday, Nov. 17, 2014, in Los Angeles. The Bulls won 105-89. (Mark J. Terrill, AP)
Cleveland Browns defensive back K'Waun Williams (36) breaks up a pass in the end zone against Houston Texans wide receiver Damaris Johnson in the first quarter of an NFL football game Sunday, Nov. 16, 2014, in Cleveland. (Tony Dejak, AP)
A group of female spectators leave as another group follows a debate of the Iranian parliament on a vote of confidence for nominee for the post of science minister Fakhroddin Ahamadi Danesh Ashtiani proposed by the President Hassan Rouhani, in Tehran, Iran, Tuesday, Nov. 18, 2014. Iran's parliament rejected Rouhani's nominee for the post of science minister over his pro-reform tendencies. In October the parliament rejected Mahmoud Nili Ahmadabadi, another nominee for the same post; the same body dismissed former-Science Minister Reza Faraji Dana in August over similar allegations. (Vahid Salemi, AP)
A general view as runners clear a fence at Cheltenham racecourse on November 14, 2014 in Cheltenham, England. (Alan Crowhurst, Getty)
Small waves break at the Tagus riverbank as people take photographs at the Cais das Colunas dock in downtown Lisbon, Sunday, Nov. 16, 2014. The place is a popular location for locals and tourists to pause, relax or take photographs. (Francisco Seco, AP)
Georgia emergency management officials meet with representatives from local and state government agencies during a statewide severe winter weather exercise at the State Operations Center, Tuesday, Nov. 18, 2014, in Atlanta. Less than year after a snowstorm triggered an epic traffic jam that brought metro Atlanta to a halt, Georgia emergency management officials are highlighting what they'll do differently next time while acknowledging limitations in how they can respond to a major winter storm. (David Goldman, AP)
A veiled Indian woman talks to another as they harvest paddy at a rice field on the outskirts of Gauhati, India, Thursday, Nov. 20, 2014. About 60 percent of Indians work in the agricultural sector, contributing between 16 to 20 percent of the nation's gross domestic product. (Anupam Nath, AP)
A player during the second round of the European Tour qualifying school final stage at PGA Catalunya Resort on November 16, 2014 in Girona, Spain. (Photo by Stuart Franklin, Getty Images)
Snow covers a street at daybreak Wednesday, Nov. 19, 2014, in south Buffalo, N.Y. Buffalo-area officials are getting help from a neighboring county in their efforts to clear roads and provide emergency services during the snowstorm that has buried sections of western New York in more than 5 feet of snow. (Carolyn Thompson, AP)
Competitors race in the Men's RS-One Windsurfing class during the 2014 Asian Beach Games at Karon Beach on November 16, 2014 in Phuket, Thailand. (Cameron Spencer, Getty)
Carolina Hurricanes' Cam Ward watches as the puck goes wide of the net during the second period of an NHL hockey game against the Boston Bruins in Boston, Saturday, Nov. 15, 2014. The Bruins won 2-1. (Michael Dwyer, AP)
A student of Cairo University lights flare during an anti-coup protest in Cairo, Egypt on November 17, 2014. (Stringer, Anadolu Agency/Getty)
In this Friday, Nov. 14, 2014 photo provided by the Alaska Volcano Observatory, a view of the Pavlof volcano's eruption plume is seen from an aircraft. The National Weather Service warned airplanes to avoid airspace near the erupting volcano as it spewed ash 30,000 feet above sea level. Pavlof is Alaska's most active volcano and is located about 625 miles southwest of Anchorage. It's had more than 40 recorded eruptions, including earlier this year and last year.(Alaska Volcano Observatory, AP)
The image of Toyota Motor Corp. Product Planning Group Deputy Chief engineer Yoshikazu Tanaka is projected as he delivers a speech during a press unveiling of the all new fuel cell vehicle FCV "Mirai" in Tokyo, Tuesday, Nov. 18, 2014. The world's largest automaker announced Tuesday that it will begin selling fuel cell cars in Japan on Dec. 15 and in the U.S. and Europe in mid-2015. The sporty-looking, four-door Toyota Mirai will retail for 6.7 million yen ($57,600) before taxes. Toyota Motor Corp hopes to sell 400 in Japan and 300 in the rest of the world in the first year. (Eugene Hoshiko, AP)
Family members of Abdel Rahman Al-Shaludi, the Palestinian who drove his car into passengers at a railway station causing the death of a 3-month-old baby last month in Jerusalem, look at his destroyed house on November 19, 2014 in Jerusalem, Israel. Last night Israeli Army and Police destroyed the house of Abdel Rahman Al-Shaludi. The Israeli goverment have announced they will demolish the houses of terrorists following any terror attacks carried out. (Ilia Yefimovich, Getty)
Ultra-Orthodox Jews carry the body of Mosheh Twersky during his funeral in Jerusalem, Tuesday, Nov. 18, 2014. Two Palestinian cousins armed with meat cleavers and a gun stormed a Jerusalem synagogue during morning prayers Tuesday, killing Twersky and three others in the city's bloodiest attack in years. Police killed the attackers in a shootout. (Oded Balilty, AP)
Police confront demonstrators protesting the shooting death of 18-year-old Michael Brown outside the police station on November 19, 2014 in Ferguson, Missouri. Brown was killed by Darren Wilson, a Ferguson police officer, on August 9. A grand jury is expected to decide this month if Wilson should be charged in the shooting. (Scott Olson, Getty)
A tower of Ettal Abbey is seen in front of the snow-covered landscape on November 18, 2014 in Ettal, southern Germany. AFP PHOTO / DPA / KARL-JOSEF HILDENBRAND / GERMANY OUT (Photo credit should read KARL-JOSEF HILDENBRAND/AFP/Getty Images)
Alex Smith #11 of the Kansas City Chiefs looks on as downpour of rain falls during the game against the Oakland Raiders at O.co Coliseum on November 20, 2014 in Oakland, California. (Ezra Shaw, Getty)
Federal police spray protestors with fire extinguishers as they drive them back from the National Palace in Mexico City, Thursday, Nov. 20, 2014. Protesters marched in the capital city to demand authorities find 43 missing college students, seeking to pressure the government. Mexico officially lists more than 20 thousand people as having gone missing since the start of the country's drug war in 2006, and the search for the missing students has turned up other, unrelated mass graves. (Rebecca Blackwell, AP)
A woman wearing a gag holds with a banner as she participates in a protest against the Spanish Government organic draft law known as 'Gag Law' gathered at Sol square on November 20, 2014 in Madrid, Spain. The Spanish Government has drafted a proposal for new, strict laws regarding unauthorized protests by activists. The draft legislation would propose steep fines for activists taking part in such demonstrations, claiming that they involve a safety risk to the public. Opponents to the draft bill have stated they are outraged at what they claim is a 'kick in the teeth for democracy'. (Gonzalo Arroyo Moreno, Getty)
A man walks through the autumnal Eilenriede forest in Hannover, Germany, while trees are reflected in a puddle, Monday Nov. 17, 2014. (Julian Stratenschulte, AP)
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By KELSEY DRISCOLL

It's the last weekend before we're all consumed by Thanksgiving, Black Friday and the true beginning of the holiday season, so take one final moment of calm to look back at this past week in photos.

Beachgoers in Nicaragua banded together last weekend to try to save a whale that had become stranded on Popoyo Beach along the country's southern coast. The whale, believed to be a humpback, was reportedly about 60 feet long. Nicaraguans and tourists attempted to push the giant mammal back into the ocean for several hours, until sunset forced them to unfortunately abandon their efforts. The next day arrangements were made to respectfully bury the animal where it lay on the beach.

Intense winter weather around the world also made headlines this week. Unbelievable photos came out of western New York state, as more than 7 feet of snow piled up in the Buffalo area and dozens of miles of Interstate 90 were shut down. A similar wintry scene occurred in southern Germany, while the country's northern city of Hannover still looked and felt like autumn. In California, heavy rain fell down on the Thursday Night Football game between the Kansas City Chiefs and Oakland Raiders, and Pavlof, Alaska's most active volcano, erupted once again over the weekend.

Once you've eaten your turkey and finished your shopping, make sure to check back next week for our selection of the best photos from the next seven days.
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