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A year later, S&P downgrade of U.S. looks like a dud

WASHINGTON — The rating agency Standard & Poor’s stunned the world a year ago by stripping the U.S. government of its prized AAA bond rating. The downgrade of long-term U.S. Treasurys threatened to sow chaos in financial markets, driving up ...

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Fed could be moving to more bond buying

WASHINGTON — The Federal Reserve appears to be moving toward announcing some new step to try to energize the troubled U.S. economy. The question is whether it will do so after its policy meeting this week. Probably not, many economists ...

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GOP: Geithner failed to tell Congress about LIBOR

WASHINGTON — Republican lawmakers are criticizing Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner for failing to alert Congress four years ago that banks could manipulating a key global interest rate. Geithner defended his actions at a hearing Wednesday of the House Financial Services ...

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Bernanke: Recession likely if Congress doesn’t act

WASHINGTON — Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke painted a dark picture of where the U.S. economy is headed if Congress fails to reach agreement soon to avert a budget crisis. “It would probably knock the recovery back into a recession ...

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Cheaper gas keeps consumer prices flat

WASHINGTON — Consumer prices were unchanged in June, held down by cheaper gas. Outside the volatile food and energy categories, inflation was mild. Weak economic growth is limiting the ability of companies to raise prices. The tame inflation was underscored ...

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Employers add 80,000 jobs as economy struggles

WASHINGTON — The American job machine has jammed. Again. The economy added only 80,000 jobs in June, the government said Friday, erasing any doubt that the United States is in a summer slump for the third year in a row. ...

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Carmakers report strong June sales, easing worries

DETROIT — From mini cars to monster pickups, sales of vehicles charged higher in June and eased concerns that Americans would be turned off by slower hiring and other scary headlines. Automakers reported big gains over June of last year. ...

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Fed extends ‘Twist’ program to drive rates lower

WASHINGTON — The Federal Reserve acted Wednesday to lift an economy that’s being held back by a weakened job market. It’s extending a program designed to spur borrowing and spending through lower long-term U.S. interest rates. The Fed also reiterated ...

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