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* Corporate profits fall sharply in Q4
WASHINGTON, March 27 (Reuters) - U.S. economic growth cooled in the fourth quarter as previously reported and after-tax corporate profits took a hit from a strong dollar, which could undermine future business spending.
US economy grew at unchanged 2.2 percent rate in Q4 (+video)  Christian Science Monitor
US economic growth may be mild, but it's also really durable
Chicago Tribune  
Ted Cruz announced Presidential Bid for 2016
Half Cuban and Canadian born Senator Ted Cruz (R-Texas), has been a top critic of immigration reform and president Obama's Executive Order.
Yes, Ted Cruz Is A 'Natural Born Citizen'  ConservativeHQ
The Ted Cruz debate: When is a candidate qualified to run for president?  Christian Science Monitor
BlackBerry turns a profit, but it's still not selling more smartphones
Blackberry's Exectutive Chairman and CEO John Chen speaks during a presentation at the Mobile World Congress wireless show in Barcelona, Spain, Tuesday, March 3, 2015.
BlackBerry shocks with Q4 profit but CEO Chen can't stop sales slide  PCWorld
BlackBerry posts 4th-qtr profit; seeks to end revenue slide  Channel News Asia
Low gas prices help push consumer optimism to decade high, survey finds
Americans haven't been this optimistic in a decade. lRelated. Business · U.S. economic growth stays at 2.2%. See all related.
Bloomberg University of Michigan Post Consumer Sentiment Call  Bloomberg
Harsh weather dents consumer confidence  CBS News
Wall Street flat head of Yellen; biotechs bounce
NEW YORK (Reuters) - U.S. stocks held near the unchanged mark on Friday, putting major indexes on track to barely snap a four-session losing streak, ahead of a speech by Federal Reserve Chair Janet Yellen that could create a volatile close on Wall Street.
U.S. Stocks Fluctuate as Tech Slump Offsets Health-Care Gains  Bloomberg
Fed vs. Fed: In-house cop in spotlight over internal leak  Chicago Tribune
State Jobless Rate Drops For 6th Straight Month
AUSTIN (AP) - Texas unemployment fell to 4.3 percent during February for the sixth straight month of declines, the Texas Workforce Commission reported Friday.
Texas jobless rate at nearly 7-year low
More San Antonians are getting hired as unemployment rate dips in February  San Antonio Business Journal
Swiss bankers avoid prison, get probation for tax fraud
ALEXANDRIA, Va. (AP) - Two former Swiss bankers have avoided jail time for their roles in a tax fraud scheme that helped U.S. customers hide billions of dollars in assets.
Ex-Credit Suisse bankers spared prison in US tax evasion case  Reuters
Ex-Credit Suisse Banker, Firm Owner Avoid Prison in Tax Case  Bloomberg
Let The Game of Whack-A-Mole Begin: Feds Put Forward New Payday Rules
New rules put forward by the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau would have a major impact on the high-cost loan industry. But if history is any guide, lenders will quickly find some loopholes.
Obama Scores Republicans on Budget, Touts Payday Loan Rules  Bloomberg
CFPB's new payday rule gives Ohio voters what they wanted: Plain Dealing
Nebraska unemployment rate now lowest in US
Construction work continued over the winter on the Food Innovation Center at Nebraska Innovation Campus. 2015-03-27T11:20:00Z 2015-03-27T11:30:03Z Nebraska unemployment rate now lowest in U.S.
Nebraska's jobless rate lowest in US in Feb.  USA TODAY
Alabama unemployment drops to 5.8 percent; local rates also down  Times Daily
Jim Cramer Says Now Is the Time to Get in on Dow Chemical
Dow Chemical announced on Friday it will split off its chlorine business in a $5 billion deal. TheStreet's Jim Cramer says this is an amazing opportunity to buy the stock well below where he thinks it's going to trade literally in the next couple of quarters.
Dow Chemical to merge chlorine operations with Olin  Plastics News
Dow Chemical Strikes $5B Deal To Merge Chlorine Unit With Olin  Forbes