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  • 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.

  • 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..

  • 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.

  • 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."

  • The NCAA, Major League Baseball, the National Football League, National Basketball Association and National Hockey League are collectively suing to block New Jersey's sports betting law from taking effect; the state says it could take bets as soon as December.

  • NEW YORK-- Stocks are giving up an early advance and turning lower in midday trading on Wall Street. Dupont fell the most of the 30 stocks in the Dow Jones industrial average. The Dow was down 66 points at 13,449 shortly before noon Eastern time.

  • DENVER-- DaVita Inc. said Tuesday that a federal grand jury investigation into its practices is complete and no action will be taken against the kidney dialysis firm.

  • NEW YORK, Oct 2- The Dow and S&P 500 extended losses and the Nasdaq turned negative on Tuesday, with weaker-than-expected results from Mosaic adding to worries about the upcoming third-quarter profit period. The Dow Jones industrial average was down 81.90 points, or 0.61 percent, at 13,433.21.

  • Oct 2- Double Eagle Petroleum Co:. *Says promoted Ashley Jenkins to vice president and Chief Financial Officer. *Agreed to sell certain of its undeveloped Wyoming leases to a private company.

  • KIEV, Oct 2- Ukraine's parliament on Tuesday took a first step to making the promotion of homosexuality a criminal offence punishable by prison despite appeals from local and foreign human rights groups who said the move was discriminatory.

  • NEW YORK-- Kraft Foods Group and Mondelez International are now trading as two separate public companies. Mondelez's stock gained 2 cents to $27.84 in Tuesday morning trading. Shares of Kraft Foods Group, based in Northfield, Ill., added 61 cents to $44.71.

  • Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano described it as a "logical development in close security, economic and people-to-people" ties between the U.S. and Taiwan.