ATLANTA (AP) -- Atlanta police say a group of demonstrators pushing for higher wages for fast food workers have been arrested and are being held in the city jail.<br />
Police spokesman Ralph Woolfolk says a group of about 10 people accused of ignoring repeated demands to leave Ponce De Leon Avenue in front of a McDonald's restaurant have been charged with blocking traffic during the demonstration on Thursday.<br />
The protest was one of many held across the country that included fast food workers and others calling for a $15 an hour minimum wage and the right to unionize without the threat of retaliation.<br />
Woolfolk says after the arrests, protesters moved in front of a nearby Wendy's restaurant and continued the demonstration on the sidewalk.
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.
House Republican leaders rallied around one of their own, Whip Steve Scalise, on Tuesday after he said he regrets speaking 12 years ago to a white supremacist organization and condemns the views of such groups.
President Vladimir Putin's chief political foe was convicted along with his brother on Tuesday in a fraud case widely seen as a vendetta by the Kremlin, triggering one of Russia's boldest anti-government demonstrations in years.