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Sales Of New Homes Rise Again, Hit Five-Year High

New home sales rose 8.3 percent in June to an annual rate of 497,000, the Census Bureau and Department of Housing and Urban Development reported Wednesday.

At that pace, sales were the strongest since the 504,000 rate of May 2008.

The housing sector has been one of the economy's brighter spots in recent months as it continues to recover from a bubble that burst in 2007 and 2008. Reuters says that housing is "showing no signs of slowing in the face of higher mortgage rates."

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Taking Great Photos On Vacation Or "Staycation"

Professional photographers give us the latest on cameras, smart phones and shooting tips for great vacation photos this summer -- and every day.

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For Greece's Farmers, Growing Pressure To Be More Competitive

Greece grows plenty of good agricultural products, but has trouble competing internationally. Many in Greece say it's time for the farm sector to modernize.
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Obama's Trip to Africa & Foreign Aid

By visiting Africa this month, President Obama is drawing attention to one of the diplomatic tools that most directly shapes America's relationships with other countries: foreign aid and assistance. But now all policy makers at home feel the United States is pursuing the soundest strategy when it comes to providing aid abroad. We explore the issue with the official in charge of the Africa portfolio for the United States Agency for International Development.

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Taking Great Photos On Vacation Or "Staycation"

Professional photographers give us the latest on cameras, smart phones and shooting tips for great vacation photos this summer -- and every day.

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