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A crane removes a container from a ship at the Port of Baltimore's Seagirt Marine Terminal in Baltimore. (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky, File)

WASHINGTON — The U.S. economy grew at an annual rate of 1.8 percent in the first three months of the year, significantly slower than first thought. The steep revision occurred mostly because consumers spent less than previously estimated, a sign that higher taxes could be dampening growth.

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