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US economy gets lift from housing, other tailwinds

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WASHINGTON (AP) — The U.S. economy is a study in contrasts. The housing, banking and auto industries are surging back to health and that has helped push the stock market to a five-year peak. Higher prices for homes and stocks tend to make people feel wealthier and spend more. Yet unemployment remains high and hiring modest. The end of a Social Security tax cut is shrinking already flat...