US economy grew at 2.2 percent rate in fourth quarter

In this photo made on Thursday, Feb. 12, 2015, a man welds parts in fans for industrial ventilation systems at the Robinson Fans Inc. plant in Harmony, Pa. The Commerce Department releases fourth-quarter gross domestic product on Friday, March 27, 2015. (AP Photo/Keith Srakocic)

WASHINGTON (AP) — U.S. economic growth slowed in the fourth quarter and likely cooled even further in the first quarter as severe winter weather takes its toll. But the outlook for the rest of the year looks brighter, thanks to a recovering job market that should boost consumer spending.

Average US rate on 30-year mortgage falls to 3.69 percent

FILE - In this Jan. 8, 2015 photo, a sign with a sold sticker is posted in front of a row of new townhomes in Richmond, Va. Mortgage giant Freddie Mac on Thursday, March 26, 2015 said the national average for a 30-year fixed-rate mortgage declined to 3.69 percent from 3.78 percent a week earlier. (AP Photo/Steve Helber, File)

WASHINGTON (AP) — Average long-term U.S. mortgage rates fell this week for a second straight week, edging closer to historically low levels at the start of the spring home-buying season.

Fewer Americans filed for unemployment benefits last week

In this Friday, Feb. 6, 2015 photo, U.S. Armed Forces veterans attend the annual Veterans Career and Resource Fair in Miami. The Labor Department reported on Thursday, March 26, 2015, that fewer people sought U.S. unemployment benefits a week earlier, evidence that strong hiring should continue despite signs of slower economic growth at the start of 2015. (AP Photo/Alan Diaz)

WASHINGTON (AP) — Fewer people sought U.S. unemployment benefits last week, evidence that strong hiring should continue despite signs of slower economic growth at the start of 2015.

Toyota: Both hands back on the wheel after recall spinout

Journalists look at a model vehicle during a media briefing on Toyota Motor Corp.'s new "architecture" in Toyota, central Japan Thursday, March 26, 2015. After extended introspection at the world's biggest automaker, Toyota says it has put its massive recalls behind it and is preparing to re-engage its growth engine once again. The first cars under the system, medium-sized front-wheel drive cars, will roll out later this year, and will be expanded to half its lineup by 2020, Toyota said. (AP Photo/Kyodo News) JAPAN OUT, CREDIT MANDATORY

TOYOTA, Japan (AP) — After extended introspection at the world’s biggest automaker, Toyota says it has put its massive recalls behind it and is preparing to re-engage its growth engine once again.

Bank deposits drain adds pressure on Greece

Greece's prime minister Alexis Tsipras delivers a speech at Athens University, Wednesday March 25, 2015. Tsipras' speech took place during a special gathering to commemorate Greece's Independence Day, which marks the start of the uprising against the Ottomans back in 1821. (AP Photo/Panayiotis Tzamaros)

ATHENS, Greece (AP) — Greek bank deposits dropped by more than 7.5 billion euros ($8.2 billion) in February, ramping up pressure on the country’s teetering financial system as its government scrambles to reach a deal with creditors.

Justices side with ex-UPS worker who claims pregnancy bias

FILE - In this Dec. 3, 2014 file photo, Peggy Young, a Virginia woman who lost her UPS job because she became pregnant, speaks to reporters outside the Supreme Court in Washington. The Supreme Court is giving the former UPS driver another chance to prove her claim of discrimination after the company did not offer her lighter duty when she was pregnant. The justices on Wednesday sided with former driver Peggy Young in throwing out lower court rulings that rejected Youngs lawsuit. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh)

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Supreme Court is giving a former UPS driver another chance to prove her claim of discrimination after the company did not offer her lighter duty when she was pregnant.

HJ Heinz buying Kraft and building a $28 billion food giant

FILE - This Wednesday, March 2, 2011, file photo, shows containers of Heinz ketchup on the shelf of a market, in Barre, Vt. H.J. Heinz Co. is buying Kraft Foods Group Inc., creating what the companies say will be the third-largest food and beverage company in North America, the companies announced Wednesday, March 25, 2015. (AP Photo/Toby Talbot, File)

NEW YORK (AP) — H.J. Heinz Co. is buying Kraft Foods, creating one of the largest food and beverage companies in the world with annual revenue of about $28 billion.

Stocks rise as investors assess economy, corporate earnings

FILE - This July 15, 2013 file photo shows the New York Stock Exchange in New York. U.S. stock indexes are mixed in morning trading on Monday, March 23, 2015, following a strong performance last week. (AP Photo/Mark Lennihan, File)

NEW YORK (AP) — U.S. stocks rose late morning trading Tuesday, as investors assessed the latest news on consumer prices and some company earnings.

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