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US home construction reaches strongest pace in a year

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In this Thursday, June 1, 2017, photo, builders work on the roof of a home under construction at a housing plan in Jackson Township, Butler County, Pa. On Friday, Nov. 17, 2017, the Commerce Department reports on U.S. home construction in October. (AP Photo/Keith Srakocic)

WASHINGTON (AP) — Construction of new homes climbed 13.7 percent in October, the biggest jump in a year as builders broke ground on more apartments and single-family houses.