North America has been hit by the coldest temperatures in decades after a a polar vortex led to extreme weather conditions. In Baltimore, temperatures remain well below freezing, with ice forming on buildings, cars and roads.
Visitors walk through the holiday lights display “ZooLights” at the Lincoln Park Zoo in Chicago, Illinois.
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Protesters chained together block the entrance of an immigrant detention centre on Tuesday in Elizabeth, New Jersey. A coalition of immigrant advocacy groups marked international Human Rights Day by staging the civil disobedience action at the Elizabeth Detention Center where eight protesters were arrested by police. Organisers said the event was designed to draw attention to the continued mass deportations of undocumented immigrants by the US Immigration and Customs Enforcement, as well as Congress’s inability to pass immigration reform.
A commuter waits for a train during a snowstorm in Philadelphia, US
A shopper rests in the shoe section of Macy’s Herald Square store in New York on Black Friday, the US’s busiest shopping day of the year
A Spiderman balloon floats down Central Park West in New York during a Thanksgiving parade
A nightime aerial view of downtown in the US city of Chicago
(From left) Luca Vettori, Matteo Piano and Jiri Kovar, of the Italy men’s volleyball team, jump to block a ball during their match against the US at the FIVB Grand Champions Cup tournament in Tokyo
President Barack Obama awards former president Bill Clinton with the presidential medal of freedom on Wednesday, during a ceremony at the White House, Washington.
James Getty, portraying President Abraham Lincoln, stands before a ceremony commemorating the 150th anniversary of the dedication of the Soldiers National Cemetery and President Abraham Lincoln’s Gettysburg Address on Tuesday, in Gettysburg, Pa. Lincoln’s speech was first delivered in Gettysburg nearly five months after the major battle that left tens of thousands of men wounded, dead or missing. Getty is scheduled to deliver the Gettysburg Address at Tuesday’s ceremony.
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Boston Red Sox relief pitcher Koji Uehara and catcher David Ross celebrate as Red Sox beat St. Louis Cardinals to end a 95 year wait to clinch the World Series title at Fenway Park Stadium, Boston.
As the BART transit system entered its fourth day of strikes, traffic slows on the Richmond-San Rafael Bridge, as San Francisco Bay Area commuters started the new working week on Monday with gridlocked roads and long lines for buses and ferries. At the same time, federal investigators were searching for clues to a weekend train crash that killed two workers.
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Joe Biden, US vice-president, greets Environmental Protection Agency workers with muffins as they return to work after 16 days of a US government shutdown at the William Jefferson Clinton Federal Building in Washington.
Police tape blocks a closed Lincoln Memorial on Tuesday in Washington, DC. The US government is in a forced shutdown after lawmakers failed to pass a spending bill.
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The crew on Oracle Team USA wave after winning the 17th race of the America’s Cup sailing event against Emirates Team New Zealand in San Francisco. After staging an improbable comeback from seven points behind, Oracle Team USA have forced a winner-take-all final race for the 162 year old trophy in the 34th America’s Cup.
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Steam from the Verso paper mill is backlit by the light of the setting moon in this time-exposure on Friday in Bucksport, Maine. Verso makes coated papers used by publications such as catalogs and magazines.
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The US flags surrounding the Washington Monument fly at half mast as ordered by President Barack Obama, following the fatal shootings on Monday at the Washington Naval Yard
Floodwater shoots out of a sewer in Manitou Springs, Colorado, as storms continue to hit the Waldo Canyon area of the US.
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The Tribute in Light illuminates the sky in New York on the 12th anniversary of the September 11 2001 attacks. The tribute, an art installation of the Municipal Art Society, consists of 88 searchlights placed next to the site of the World Trade Center, creating two vertical columns of light