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FILE-In this Tuesday, Aug. 7, 2012, file photo, Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke speaks to educators in the board room of the Federal Reserve in Washington. Federal Reserve officials spoke with increased urgency Wednesday, Aug. 22, 2012, at their last meeting about the need to provide more help for a weak U.S. economy. The minutes of the July 31-Aug. 1 meeting show many members feeling further support would be needed "fairly soon" unless the economy improved significantly. (AP Photo/Manuel Balce Ceneta)

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