Investors set aside some of their worries about the U.S. government's credit rating and scooped up shares of retail stocks.
D.C. United is going from two primary owners to one.
Forty-four states lost jobs in April, led by California where employers slashed 63,700 positions, as the recession took a further toll on U.S. workers.
Diane Peek needed to move from Georgia to central Florida, but for six months no one even showed interest in the house she and her husband built outside Atlanta.
Congress passed far-reaching credit-card-reform legislation on Wednesday, and the president is expected to sign the bill into law this week.
Oil and gasoline prices are rising fast as Memorial Day weekend approaches, but not because supplies are tight or demand is high.
Barnes & Noble said Thursday that persistent weak spending by consumers led to a wider first-quarter loss, but its results beat analysts' estimates and the bookseller raised its profit forecast for the year.
Clothing and personal care products retailer Limited Brands Inc. posted a surprise first-quarter profit on Wednesday, as its cost-cutting efforts offset lower sales.