LIndsey Vonn of the US competes during the women's super-G at the Alpine Skiing World Championships in Garmisch-Partenkirchen, Germany, on Feb. 8. Challenged by a head injury during training in Austria last week, Ms. Vonn finished 7th. Alessandro Trovati/AP
Julia Mancuso of the US competes on her way to clinch the silver medal in the women's super-G on Feb. 8. Alessandro Trovati/AP
Austria's Elisabeth Goergl speeds down the course on her way to win the women's super-G on Feb. 8. Alessandro Trovati/AP
Elisabeth Goergl (c.), winner of the women's super-G race, celebrates on the podium with silver medalist Julia Mancuso (l.) and bronze medal winner Maria Riesch of Germany on Feb. 8. Matthias Schrader/AP
Silver medal winner Julia Mancuso poses with her super-G silver medal during the medal ceremony on Feb. 8. Matthias Schrader/AP
Croatia's Ivica Kostelic speeds down the course during the men's super-G on Feb. 9. Michael Probst/AP
Austria's Hannes Reichelt looks at the score board after crossing the finish line during the men's super-G on Feb. 9. Matthias Schrader/AP
Italy's Christof Innerhofer races in the men's super-G on Feb. 9. Michael Probst/AP
Winner Christof Innerhofer (c.) celebrates on the podium with second-placed Hannes Reichelt (l.) and third-placed Ivica Kostelic after the men's super-G on Feb. 9. Kerstin Joensson/AP
Hannes Reichelt celebrates during the flower ceremony after the men's super-G on Feb. 9. Matthias Schrader/AP
The US announced steps toward a cease-fire between Israel and Hamas Wednesday, but the leader of Hamas insisted the Islamic militants would not relent until their main demand of lifting an Egyptian-Israeli blockade of the Gaza Strip is met.
ByIbrahim Barzak and Tia Goldenberg, Associated Press
The United States announced signs of progress in cease-fire talks Wednesday, but prospects for a quick end to the fighting were dim as Palestinian families fled fierce battles in southern Gaza and the death toll rose to more than 700 Palestinians and 34 Israelis.