U.S. economy growth slowed to 2.6% pace at end of 2014

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Fourth-quarter growth was slightly below expectations but offered clues the slowdown could be brief.

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    For law firm Dickstein Shapiro, smaller is better

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    Black teens jailed much more often than white teens

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