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In this Wednesday, April 24, 2013, photo, workers are seen at the construction of a new apartment housing complex in Trenton, N.J. The Commerce Department reports the pace at which builders broke ground on homes in April on Thursday, May 16, 2013. (AP Photo/Mel Evans)

U.S. housing starts fell in April but permits surged

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By MARTIN CRUTSINGER

AP Economics Writer

WASHINGTON (AP) -- U.S. builders broke ground on fewer homes in April, one month after topping the 1 million mark for the first time since 2008. But most of the decline was in apartment construction, which tends to vary sharply from month to month.

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