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Dimmer view of economy makes Fed pullback unlikely

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WASHINGTON (AP) — A lot can change in six weeks. When the Federal Reserve last met in mid-September, almost everyone expected it to start reducing the stimulus it's given the U.S. economy to help it rebound from the Great Recession. It didn't. The Fed pulled a surprise by deciding not to slow its $85 billion-a-month in Treasury and mortgage bond purchases. Its bond buying has been...