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Factory, construction growth boost 2014 outlook

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WASHINGTON (AP) — Expectations are rising for a stronger U.S. economy in 2014 after reports Thursday showed solid growth in manufacturing and construction spending at the end of last year. Factory activity in December stayed near a 2 ½ -year high. Americans are buying more cars and homes, increasing demand for steel, furniture and other manufactured goods. Manufacturers have boosted hiring to...

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