TAMPA, Fla. - News that a Malaysian Airliner was shot down quickly put upward pressure on the price of oil. West Texas Intermediate closed the week at $103.13 a barrel on the NYMEX on Friday - an increase of $2.30 from last week.<br />
"Oil rose on concerns that violence could spread in response to the crash," said Mark Jenkins, spokesman, AAA - The Auto Club Group. "Gas prices are currently falling more than a half cent a day, but geopolitical tension could slow the rate of discount at the pump this week."<br />
The national and Florida average prices for a gallon of regular unleaded are 5 cents cheaper than last week and fell for the 23rd consecutive day on Sunday. Prices in Georgia and Tennessee fell 4 cents last week. Georgia prices are on a 27-day streak of declines. Tennessee prices fell for the 25th consecutive day.<br />
The current average price for a gallon of regular gasoline in Georgia is $3.47.
A blustery winter storm dumped snow and ice across the West on Wednesday, making driving treacherous in the mountains from California to the Rockies and forcing residents and party-goers in some usually sun-soaked cities to bundle up for a frosty New Year's.
Police have identified a man shot near the Underground Atlanta shopping and entertainment complex in the city's downtown area.
Authorities say the suspected gunman ran to Underground Atlanta after firing shots at another man near Peachtree Street and Martin Luther King Jr. Drive.
Police later identified the victim as at 24-year-old Khiry Clemons.