THE HITS KEEP COMING.. couple of other headlines

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WASHINGTON (AP) -- US home sales plunge 3.5 pct. in July; third decline in 4 months puts pace behind last year

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NEW YORK (AP) -- Average rate on 30-year fixed mortgage falls to 4.15 pct, lowest on records dating to 1971

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