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In this Thursday, Dec. 6, 2012 photo a new home is constructed in Pepper Pike, Ohio. A measure of the U.S. economy designed to signal future activity increased in December from November, suggesting growth may strengthen in 2013. "Housing, which has long been a drag, has turned into a positive for growth, and will help improve consumer balance sheets and strengthen consumption," Conference Board economist Kenneth Goldstein said. (AP Photo/Tony Dejak)

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