In shift, Fed sets 6.5 percent unemployment goal for easing

The Federal Reserve on Wednesday sent its clearest signal to date that it will keep interest rates superlow to boost the U.S. economy.

Federal Reserve Chairman Ben S. Bernanke gestures as he speaks during a news conference at the Federal Reserve Board in Washington on Wednesday, Dec. 12, 2012, following the Federal Open Market Committee meeting. (AP Photo/Manuel Balce Ceneta)

Federal Reserve Chairman Ben S. Bernanke gestures as he speaks during a news conference at the Federal Reserve Board in Washington on Wednesday, Dec. 12, 2012, following the Federal Open Market Committee meeting. (AP Photo/Manuel Balce Ceneta)

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