All aboard Amtrak's Empire Builder Airports are chock full of people Wednesday hoping the weather holds so flights won't be delayed or cancelled. This is also the busiest travel day of the year for Amtrak, the country's passenger rail service. The most popular overnight train service in the country is Amtrak's Empire Builder, the train from Chicago to the West Coast by way of the Twin Cities.7:20 a.m.
White House to Convene Mideast Talks
Invitations to the U.S.-led Middle East peace conference in Annapolis, Md. are out and now President Bush and Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice nervously await acceptances. The talks launch the first Israeli-Palestinian peace negotiations in seven years.
Senate Blocks Possibility of Recess Appointments
President Bush won't make any recess appointments during the Thanksgiving holiday while Congress in on a two-week recess. Under the U.S. Constitution he could name judges and agency heads. But the Senate met in a pro forma session so it wouldn't technically be in recess.
Targeting People, Businesses for Sanctions
The U.S. government has recently imposed sanctions against Burmese individuals and companies in hopes of pressuring the country's military government. Adam Szubin, director of the Office of Foreign Assets Control, describes the strategy behind "targeted sanctions."
LSU Steady at No. 1 in College Football
A topsy-turvy college football season is building to a climax with Louisiana State holding steady at No. 1. LSU has a chance to be the second straight national champion from the Southeastern Conference, which would be a nice anniversary present. This is the conference's 75th year.
L.A. Businesses Feel Pain of Film, TV Writers Strike
In Los Angeles, the strike by film and television screenwriters is beginning to have financial repercussions beyond the writers and the studios they work for. The ripple affect is hurting caterers, morgues and other ancillary businesses. Negotiations are due to resume Monday.
Rhodesia's Ex-Prime Minister Ian Smith Dead at 88
Ian Smith, Rhodesia's last white prime minister whose attempts to resist black rule dragged the country now known as Zimbabwe into isolation and civil war, died after suffering a stroke. He was 88. Smith died at a clinic near Cape Town, South Africa.
Fed Sees Slower Economic Growth
The Federal Reserve released a new economic forecast that anticipates economic growth will slow sharply next year. Though it says unemployment and inflation will only rise slightly. Although the report doesn't use the word recession, that's probably what it will feel like to most people.
Helium Shortage Spikes Prices, Calls for U.S. Help
A worldwide shortage of helium causes a spike in prices, rationing, and calls to the Bureau of Land Management, which runs the Federal Helium Reserve. It stockpiles helium for use by NASA and the military. There's enough to keep characters afloat for the annual Macy's Thanksgiving Parade.
Unions Find Labor Relations Board Ineffective
The National Labor Relations Board is a federal agency that protects the right of workers to form unions. But many unions say the board, which is dominated by Republican appointees, actually does more harm than good. They recently demanded President Bush shut it down.