The Dow Jones industrial average gained for the first day in six after the government reported that unemployment claims fell close to their lowest level in six years. Encouraging news from some big retailers also helped boost the stock market.
The Dow Jones industrial average rose 55.04 points, or 0.4 percent, to close at 15,328.30.
The Standard & Poor's 500 index gained 5.9 points, or 0.4 percent, to 1,698.67.
The Nasdaq composite advanced 26.4 points, or 0.7 percent, to 3,787.43.
For the week so far:
The Dow is down 122.79 points, or 0.8 percent.
The S&P 500 is down 11.24 points, or 0.7 percent.
The Nasdaq is up 12.70 points, or 0.4 percent
For the year so far:
The Dow is up 2,224.16 points, or 17 percent.
The S&P 500 is up 272.48 points, or 19 percent.
The Nasdaq is up 767.92 points, or 25 percent.
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The Erie County Sheriff's Bomb Squad, ATF, and the Buffalo Police Department were called to Tioga Street near Fairchild Place in North Buffalo just before midnight Thursday.
Eighty-two-year-old Edward Spencer was making a left hand turn while exiting the Budwey's parking lot when he struck 52-year-old Sandra Garner and 55-year-old Kevin Nowak, according to authorities.
An angry mother who claims her daughter was dropped-off miles away from home wants answers.
Deputies say a teen driver fell asleep at the wheel early Thursday morning before crashing head-on with another vehicle.
Police say a Jamestown man was selling crack cocaine out of his barber shop on East Second Street.
City Hall is considering turning to taxpayers to help keep the lights on at the only movie theatre in downtown Buffalo.