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A pair of shoes hangs from power lines in the Haight Ashbury neighborhood in San Francisco, California July 17, 2014. The median price for a single-family home or condominium rose to $1 million in June, according to a report released by DataQuick. REUTERS/Robert Galbraith

U.S. economy gaining traction despite weak housing

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WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The number of Americans filing new claims for unemployment benefits unexpectedly fell last week, pointing to sustained momentum in the economy even as home building fell for a second straight month in June.


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