WASHINGTON — Ben Bernanke defended some of the Federal Reserve's aid programs for banks Friday while pledging to provide support to the markets "as needed."

The Fed chairman gave no details about the central bank's potential plans to help the markets in a speech at the economic symposium in Jackson Hole, Wyo.

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