WASHINGTON — At Janet Yellen's first appearance on Capitol Hill as head of the Federal Reserve Board, the country's top central banker did little to depart from her predecessor's views on key issues, often cautiously echoing his message from the past eight years.

Yellen, who assumed office only 11 days ago, easily handled questions posed on monetary policy before the House Financial Services Committee on Tuesday as she delivered the central bank's semiannual report to Congress.

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