FILE - In this June 8, 2015, file photo, a sold sign is displayed outside a new home under construction in Mechanicsville, Va. The Commerce Department releases new home sales for July 2015 on Tuesday, Aug. 25, 2015. (AP Photo/Steve Helber, File)

US new-home sales rebound in July

WASHINGTON (AP) — Americans stepped up their purchases of new homes in July, with sales surging in the Northeast. The Commerce Department sa…