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Fed Chairman Ben Bernanke is on a television screen as trader James Dresch works in a booth on the floor of the New York Stock Exchange Wednesday, June 19, 2013. The Federal Reserve offered a hint Wednesday that it's moving closer to slowing its bond-buying program, which is intended to keep long-term interest rates at record lows.

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Fed suggests it’s closer to slowing bond purchases

WASHINGTON (AP) — Chairman Ben Bernanke ended weeks of speculation Wednesday by saying the Federal Reserve will likely slow its bond-buying program later this year and end it next year if the economy continues to improve.

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