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Smoke rises from chimneys on a cold winter morning near Weimar, central Germany, Tuesday, Feb. 7, 2012. A cold spell has reached central and eastern Europe with temperatures far below zero. (AP Photo/Jens Meyer)

Death toll climbs in Europe cold snap

More than 600 people in Eastern Europe have died during a record-breaking cold snap that has brought the heaviest blizzards in recent memory and trapped thousands behind walls of snow, officials said Feb. 15.