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Economic bad news coming in threes

•  Jobless claims up  •  Durable goods orders down  •  Home sales plunge

MARTIN CRUTSINGER; The Associated Press
Published: September 26th, 2008 12:30 AM | Updated: September 26th, 2008 01:35 AM

WASHINGTON – Weekly jobless claims surged to the highest level in seven years, durable goods orders took a bigger-than-expected tumble and new-home sales plunged to the slowest pace in 17 years, according to government data released Thursday.

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