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FILE -- In a July 30, 2012 file photo people walk past a logo of HSBC headquarters in Hong Kong .  HSBC, the British banking giant, will pay $1.9 billion to settle a money-laundering probe by federal and state authorities in the United States, a law enforcement official said Monday Dec. 10, 2012.  (AP Photo/Vincent Yu, file)