The Treasury Department said yesterday it will allow 10 banks to repay $68 billion of the funds invested in them by the government under the Troubled Asset Relief Program.

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The government had invested $244 billion in those banks, which include J.P. Morgan Chase, Goldman Sachs and Morgan Stanley. The list does not include giants such as Wells Fargo and Citigroup.

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The department had originally planned to mandate that the banks keep the money for three years, but Congress forced the department to provide an option to return the money earlier.

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