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  • Nearly 500 public colleges that account for three-quarters of all four-year college students pledged Tuesday to produce a combined 3.8 million additional graduates by 2025, an ambitious target that would help bring the United States closer to its goal of regaining its lost global lead in college attainment.

  • In the aftermath of the 9/ 11 terrorist attacks the money spigot was turned wide open, pouring hundreds of billions of dollars into the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan and expanding the armed forces. He reasons that a new era of austerity at the Pentagon won't hurt American security.

  • By Ashley Lau and Jennifer Hoyt Cummings. NEW YORK, Oct 2- A Wall Street icon vanished last week after Morgan Stanley dropped Smith Barney from its brokerage title. But some in the industry say the firm's well-known advertising slogan- "They make money the old-fashioned way.

  • FARGO, N.D.-- Ten North Dakota State University football players pleaded guilty Tuesday to misdemeanor election fraud and were sentenced to community service for faking signatures on proposed ballot measure petitions that they were hired to collect.

  • *Deutsche Telekom shares up 1.3 pct, MetroPCS up 19 pct. said on Tuesday it is in talks to combine its T-Mobile USA unit with MetroPCS and take a majority stake in the combined wireless service provider. MetroPCS shares were up 17 percent higher at $13.52 after Deutsche Telekom confirmed the talks.

  • NYON, Switzerland-- UEFA says United States- backed agency CAA Eleven has bought exclusive commercial rights to all its European Championship and World Cup qualifying matches, plus the Euro 2016 tournament.

  • By Ashley Lau and Jennifer Hoyt Cummings. NEW YORK, Oct 2- A Wall Street icon vanished last week after Morgan Stanley dropped Smith Barney from its brokerage title. But some in the industry say the firm's well-known advertising slogan- "They make money the old-fashioned way.

  • *Front month hits highest mark since early December 2011. NEW YORK, Oct 2- U.S. natural gas futures mostly lost ground on Tuesday, pressured by profit-taking after five straight days of gains, but cool forecasts for the Northeast and Midwest underpinned the front contract which overnight hit a new high for the year.

  • Mosaic, Dupont and stocks of other companies in the materials industry fell. Dupont led the Dow lower, sinking $1.02 to $49.34. Spain needs to ask for money from Europe's bailout fund before the European Central Bank can start buying its government bonds.

  • VATICAN CITY, Oct 2- Pope Benedict's former butler, on trial for stealing papal documents, told a Vatican court on Tuesday that during the first weeks of his detention he was held in an isolation room so small he couldn't stretch out his arms and with light on constantly.

  • JERUSALEM-- He has been the poster boy for Israel's powerhouse technology industry and a leading proponent of a great dream _ to end the world's addiction to oil. But on Tuesday, Shai Agassi stepped down as chief executive of Better Place, the Israel- based electric car company he founded with great fanfare five years ago.

  • LONDON, Oct 2- Carlyle is set pay itself a 260 million pound dividend from UK roadside rescue business RAC, in a move that could encourage other private equity firms to follow suit after buyout deals dropped to the lowest since 2009..

  • DEARBORN, Mich.-- Ford Motor Co. said Tuesday that its U.S. sales were flat in September as increases in sales of cars and SUVs were weighed down by lower truck sales. BY THE NUMBERS: Ford sold a total of 174,976 vehicles last month, relatively flat compared with 175,199 in the same month last year.

  • NEW YORK, Oct 2- The chairman of the U.S. board that sets accounting standards for state and local governments will retire next June, a year ahead of the end of his term, the Financial Accounting Foundation said on Tuesday. Robert Attmore, a former auditor for New York state, has headed the nonprofit Governmental Accounting Standards Board since July 2004.

  • Oct 2- Standard& Poor's Ratings Services said today that it assigned Parsippany, N.J.- based timeshare and lodging company Wyndham Worldwide Corp.' s. Wyndham intends to use the proceeds for general corporate purposes. Wyndham's $1 billion revolving credit facility due July 2016 backs up the company's proposed commercial paper program.

  • PHILADELPHIA-- Boosted by $4.3 million from play at the state's newest casino, Pennsylvania saw a slight increase in gross revenue from slot machines last month compared to the same period a year ago, according to state gaming board figures released Tuesday. Six other Pennsylvania casinos saw smaller declines.

  • WASHINGTON-- In a story Sept. 28 about a presidential decision to block a Chinese company's business deal in Oregon over national security concerns, The Associated Press erroneously cited when another Chinese firm, Huawei Technologies, had abandoned plans for its purchase of a U.S. computer company, 3 Leaf Systems.

  • MOSCOW, Oct 2- The first year-long mission to the International Space Station may begin i n March 2015, following an agreement between ISS partners who have previously sent crews for six months, the Russian space agency director said on Tuesday.

  • NEW YORK-- Shares of Old Dominion Freight Line Inc. fell Tuesday, after an analyst for RBC Capital Markets cited a slowdown in certain kinds of shipping and tough earnings comparisons facing the trucking company in cutting his rating for the company to "Sector Perform" from "Outperform."