ATLANTA (AP) — More than 1.3 million Georgians are expected to travel on state highways and use the world's busiest airport through Sunday for Thanksgiving.
State and airport officials say they're prepared for the rush, with more staff in place to monitor roads and help people move through security at Hartsfield-Jackson Airport in Atlanta. The airport expects about 65,000 passengers Wednesday and more than 500,000 total for the holiday period by Monday.
Officials say those driving should leave early and remember seatbelts. They say passengers who fly should double-check security rules and get to the airport with plenty of time before flights.
AAA spokesman for Georgia Mark Jenkins says Wednesday and Sunday are expected to be the busiest days of the holiday week, with nearly 49,000 more Georgians than last year traveling at least 50 miles.
CHICAGO (AP) — President Barack Obama sharply rebuked protesters Tuesday night for racially charged violence in Missouri, saying there was no excuse for burning buildings, torching cars and destroying other property after a grand jury declined to indict the white police officer who shot a black teenager.
As darkness fell in Ferguson, Missouri, where authorities hoped to avoid a second night of chaos in the streets, Obama said destructive actions are criminal acts and those who responsible should be prosecuted. "To those who think that what happened in Ferguson is an excuse for violence, I do not have any sympathy for that. I have no sympathy at all for destroying your own communities," he said.
The president spoke from Chicago, a trip planned to focus on immigration but overshadowed by the news the night before of the decision not to indict police officer Darren Wilson in 18-year-old Michael Brown's death.
Obama said he understood that many people were upset by that decision.
"The frustrations that we've seen are not about a particular incident. They have deep roots in many communities of color who have a sense that our laws are not always being enforced uniformly or fairly," Obama said.
"There are productive ways of responding and expressing those frustrations, and there are destructive ways of responding," he said. "Burning buildings, torching cars, destroying property, putting people at risk. That's destructive and there's no excuse for it. Those are criminal acts and people should be prosecuted if they engage in criminal acts."
Obama's call for calm a night earlier, just after the grand jury's decision was announced, was not heeded by some in the crowd in the St. Louis suburb who burned police cars, smashed and looted storefront windows and fired gunshots. In a real-time display of the limits of his influence, television networks showed Obama's remarks from the White House on a split screen with live video of the violence.
White House officials are still considering whether Obama should travel to Ferguson, weighing the importance of the moment with the risk of inflaming tensions. They say a trip won't come this week with the Thanksgiving holiday, giving them time to watch the response unfold and consider the president's options.
Before he left the White House, the president was briefed by Attorney General Eric Holder on the latest developments and the Justice Department's long-running efforts to restore trust between minority communities and law enforcement. Obama said he instructed Holder to set up regional meetings on building trust.
"My message to those people who are constructively moving forward, trying to organize, mobilize and ask important questions about how we improve the situation, I want all those folks to know that their president is going to work with them," Obama said. "The frustrations people have generally are rooted in some hard truths that have to be addressed. Those who are prepared to work constructively, your president will work with you.
"So don't take the short-term, easy route and just engage in destructive behavior," Obama said. "Take the long-term, hard but lasting route of working with me and governors and state officials to bring about some real change."
Obama's efforts to strike a balanced middle ground in response to Ferguson stands in contrast to the deeply personal remarks he delivered last year after a Florida jury found another unarmed black teenager's killer not guilty. "Trayvon Martin could have been me 35 years ago," Obama said then, going on to describe how he had experienced being followed in a department store or hearing drivers lock their doors when he walked by.
The cases have many differences, most notably that the bullets that took Brown's life came from a policeman's gun after a confrontation on the street. Martin's shooter was George Zimmerman, a neighborhood watch volunteer.
LONDON (AP) — World stock markets mostly rose Wednesday as investors looked to more economic indicators out of the U.S. in the run up to the Thanksgiving holiday.
KEEPING SCORE: Britain's FTSE 100 rose 0.2 percent to 6,740.78 and Germany's DAX was up 0.6 percent at 9,917.10. France's CAC 40 shed 0.1 percent to 4,380.29. Wall Street was set for small gains. Dow and S&P 500 futures were both up almost 0.1 percent.
US GROWTH: Sentiment remained supported by a report showing the U.S. economy grew at a solid 3.9 percent annual rate in the July-September period, faster than the 3.5 percent that was initially reported, underlining its status as the only major economy that is gathering momentum. The revision was due to higher estimates of spending by consumers and businesses.
LOOKING AHEAD: Trading may become subdued ahead of the Thanksgiving holiday in the U.S. on Thursday. Before then, however, more indicators on the U.S. economy will get traders' attention. Figures are due on personal income and spending, durable goods orders and new home sales. "We expect most U.S. data ... to come in solid today," said Daniel Lee, analyst at Credit Agricole CIB.
ASIA SCORECARD: Hong Kong's Hang Seng rose 1.1 percent to 24,111.98 and Australia's S&P/ASX 200 added 1.2 percent to 5,396.20. Japan's Nikkei 225 dropped 0.1 percent to 17,383.58 while China's Shanghai Composite rose 1.4 percent to 2,604.35. Seoul's Kospi was little changed at 1,980.84.
CHINA JITTERS: The short-lived boost that stock markets got from China's interest rate cuts on Friday suggests growing pessimism about growth prospects for the world's No. 2 economy. Growth slipped to a five year low of 7.3 percent in the third quarter and indicators such as manufacturing have weakened since then. Some forecasters predict growth of less than 7 percent in China next year.
ENERGY: Oil prices were subdued after sliding on reports that representatives from Venezuela, Saudi Arabia, Mexico and Russian state oil giant OAO Rosneft failed on Tuesday to agree on any immediate plans to cut output. The oil producing nations were meeting ahead of OPEC's Thursday meeting. Benchmark crude was up 8 cents at $74.17 a barrel in electronic trading on the New York Mercantile Exchange. It dropped $1.69 to close at $74.09 in Nymex's Tuesday trading session.
CURRENCIES: The dollar edged down to 117.69 yen from 117.85 yen late Tuesday. The euro slid to $1.2475 from $1.2477 late Tuesday.
WASHINGTON (AP) — Whether they want to or not, consumers will soon know how many calories they are eating when ordering off the menu at chain restaurants, picking up prepared foods at supermarkets and even eating a tub of popcorn at the movie theater.
ATLANTA (AP) — Protesters marched and rallied in Atlanta Tuesday to protest a grand jury's decision not to indict the police officer who fatally shot an unarmed 18-year-old in Ferguson, Missouri.
A large group of students walked from Morehouse College to the CNN Center in downtown Atlanta, peacefully chanting, singing and waving signs. Students at nearby Clark Atlanta University, another historically black college, held a peace rally on their campus that also included students from Spelman College and Morehouse.
Several hundred people later gathered in at Underground Atlanta, a shopping area in the heart of the city. They listened to speakers who urged them to put pressure on the justice system and waved signs with slogans including, "Black Lives Matter" and "Stop Killer Cops."
As the evening wore one, protesters formed a chain and with hands up blocked cars from downtown onto Interstate 75/85. Television footage showed police trying to pull some away but they were persistent. Eventually all got off the interstate. The gathering was billed as #shutitdownatl on posters.
An hour or so later, protesters had made their way to Peachtree Street and filled the street. Some people were led away in police vans.
The protests came on the heels of demonstrations by thousands of people in several U.S. cities late Monday to protest the grand jury's decision not to indict Darren Wilson, a white police officer who on Aug. 9 killed Michael Brown, who was black.
Later, Atlanta protesters marched through the streets, shouting "Hands Up. Don't Shoot." It is in reference to some witnesses who said Brown's hands were raised when he was shot.
Atlanta Mayor Kasim Reed in a statement urged everyone taking part in demonstrations to do so peacefully and also urged law enforcement to use restraint and respect the protesters' right to assemble. In Ferguson, people burned buildings and looted stores after the decision was read.