High winds and subzero air temperatures have caused waves to crash and freeze onto the Cleveland Harbor West Pierhead Lighthouse near Cleveland on Dec. 14. Petty Officer 2nd Class Lauren Jorgensen/U.S. Coast Guard/Reuters
Icicles cling to a sign outside a strawberry field in Springhead, Fla., on Dec. 14. Farmers spray a fine mist of water on their crops to help protect the fruit from the subfreezing temperatures, which have dipped into the 20s in central Florida. Chris O'Meara/AP
Blades of grass are encased in ice after a lawn sprinkler valve froze and broke in Salina, Kan., on Dec. 14. Tom Dorsey/Salina Journal/AP
Benches on a sea bridge are covered with ice at the Baltic Sea village of Scharbeutz, Germany, on Dec. 2. Christian Charisius/Reuters
A rainbow glows above the partially frozen Hukou waterfall on the Yellow River in Jixian, China, on Dec. 16. Stringer/Reuters
Two yellow roses covered in ice protrude from a frost cloth cover at Dewars Nurseries in Apopka, Fla., on Dec. 14. John Raoux/AP
Ice covers the railings near the lighthouse tower behind the Summerfest grounds in Milwaukee, Wis., on Dec. 12. Kristyna Wentz-Graff/Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel/AP
Large waves pound an ice-covered pier in Chicago on Dec. 13. Kiichiro Sato/AP
Icicles adorn a frozen water fountain in Villamanin, Spain, on Dec. 3. Eloy Alonso/Reuters
Sprinklers spray water onto an orange plantation to protect it from the cold weather in Plant City, Fla., on Dec. 14. Scott Audette/Reuters
Ice covers the Naiadi fountain in downtown Rome on Dec. 17. Alessandra Tarantino/AP
A set of footprints has frozen into the ice in Lexington, Ky., on Dec. 16. Charled Bertram/Lexington Herald-Leader/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.