JIM LEHRER: In other news today, four American soldiers were killed by roadside bombings in Iraq. It was the deadliest day for U.S. forces there in more than two months. One soldier died in southern Baghdad. Three others were killed by a blast in the north.
Four other Americans died in eastern Afghanistan. The U.S. military described the attack as complex, but it gave no details.
But NATO acknowledged that some Afghan civilians were killed last week in an airstrike on hijacked fuel tankers. Accounts varied on the death toll, but Afghan officials said it was more than 50.
Commodity prices surged today, as the dollar fell to its lowest level in nearly a year. Gold closed just under $1,000 an ounce for the first time since the beginning of the year. That news, coupled with rising oil prices, boosted Wall Street. The Dow Jones industrial average gained 56 points, to close at 9497. The Nasdaq rose nearly 19 points, to close above 2037.