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US economic growth slows in Q4; corporate profits fall
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 economic growth may be mild, but it's also really durable  Chron.com
US growth slows in Q4  Khaleej Times
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3 Workplace Mental Health Questions All Businesses Should Ask Following The ...
The crash of Germanwings Flight 9525 into an Alpine mountain, killing 150 passengers, has raised a lot of questions about the psychological state of the co-pilot.
Lawyers: Lufthansa could face 'uncapped' liability after Germanwings ...  The Week Magazine
Pilot: Why I take this personally  CNN
Why BlackBerry's Surprise Profit Doesn't Make It Ripe for You to Buy
Although the Canadian company started to make money again much sooner than many observers had expected, much of that profitability can be traced to its cost-cutting initiatives.
BlackBerry is 'financially under control': CEO  CNBC
Five key takeaways from the BlackBerry Ltd's earnings report that ...  Financial Post
UPDATE 4-Dow Chemical to sell most chlorine assets in $5 bln deal
... * Dow to get $2 bln in cash, $2.2 bln in Olin stock. * Olin to assume $800 mln of pensions and other liabilities. * Dow shareholders will hold about 50.5 pct of Olin.
Dow's Deal Makes for a Cleaner Valuation  Wall Street Journal
Will $5B Sale Of Dow Chemical's Chlorine Business Silence Its Critics?  Forbes
Stocks Rise Ahead of Yellen Speech; Crude Gains 7% for the Week
NEW YORK (TheStreet) -- Stocks inched higher on Friday afternoon, recovering from an earlier drop, ahead of Federal Reserve Chair Janet Yellen's monetary policy speech.
FOREX-Dollar rally sputters as traders eye Yellen comments  Reuters
Dollar remains moderately higher after U.S. data, eyes on Yellen  Nasdaq
Bloomberg University of Michigan Post Consumer Sentiment Call
(Bloomberg) -- Following is the transcript from the University of Michigan Post Consumer Sentiment call with Dr. Richard Curtain, University of Michigan.
Low gas prices help push consumer optimism to decade high, survey finds  Los Angeles Times
Harsh weather dents consumer confidence  CBS News
Amazon.com Inc in talks to buy Net-a-Porter, potentially its biggest acquisition ...
Mike Kane/BloombergAmazon CEO Jeff Bezos. The Seattle-based company has long eyed the high-end fashion retail sector and any deal for Net-a-Porter would mean a new commitment in an area where the company lacks a strong presence, Forbes said.
Exclusive: Yoox and Net-a-porter in merger talks again - sources  Reuters UK
Why Amazon is on the cusp of making its biggest ever acquisition  Business Insider
Oil Rigs Decline by Smallest Number in 15 Weeks
U.S. oil rigs fell by the smallest number in 15 weeks, a potential sign that America's oil-drilling crash may be tapering. Drillers idled 12 oil rigs (excluding gas rigs), dropping the number to 813, Baker Hughes reported on Friday.
US oil and natural gas rig count drops by 21 to 1048  Washington Times
US oil rig count plummets again  Business Insider
Swiss bankers avoid prison, get probation for tax fraud
ALEXANDRIA, Va. (AP) - Two former Swiss bankers avoided jail time Friday for their roles in a tax fraud scheme that helped U.S. customers hide billions of dollars in assets.
Two Ex-Credit Suisse Bankers Avoid Jail Time in Tax-Evasion Case  Nasdaq
Ex-Credit Suisse bankers spared prison in US tax evasion case  Reuters
Nebraska unemployment rate drops to lowest in the nation
The Nebraska Department of Labor announced the preliminary unemployment rate for February stood at 2.7%, seasonally adjusted, down two-tenths of a percent from January, down nearly a percent from February of last year.
North Dakota's Jobless Rate Is the Lowest No Longer  Wall Street Journal (blog)
Nebraska tops in the nation for low unemployment  Kotatv