WASHINGTON - In case you haven't heard, it's official. The recession is over.

The National Bureau of Economic Research, a private nonprofit group based in Cambridge, Mass., is expected to announce today that the economy is out of the pits and on the mend. Sources said the proclamation of good tidings will come from the business cycle dating committee, a seven-member panel of academic economists headed by Martin Feldstein, the bureau's president and chief executive officer.

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