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United States loses prized AAA credit rating from S&P

<p>A trader stands outside the New York Stock Exchange following the end of the trading day, August 4, 2011. REUTERS/Brendan McDermid</p>

A trader stands outside the New York Stock Exchange following the end of the trading day, August 4, 2011. REUTERS/Brendan McDermid

A trader stands outside the New York Stock Exchange following the end of the trading day, August 4, 2011. REUTERS/Brendan McDermid

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<p>Standard and Poor's building in New York, in this August 2, 2011 file photo. REUTERS/Brendan McDermid/Files</p>

Standard and Poor's building in New York, in this August 2, 2011 file photo. REUTERS/Brendan McDermid/Files

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