Oct 6 The following were the top stories in The Wall Street Journal on Tuesday. Reuters has not verified these stories and does not vouch for their accuracy.
* The Pentagon is establishing two new units devoted to the Afghan war, highlighting the military's focus on the conflict even as the White House considers scaling back the overall U.S. mission there.
* Apartment vacancies hit their highest point since 1986, surging in cities from Raleigh, North Carolina, to Tacoma, Washington, as rising unemployment continued to chip away at demand during the traditionally strong summer rental months.
* The Obama administration's pay czar is planning to clamp down on compensation at firms receiving large sums of government aid by cutting annual cash salaries for many of the top employees under his authority, according to people familiar with the matter.
* The Reserve Bank of Australia raised its cash rate target by one quarter of a percentage point to 3.25 percent Tuesday, making it the first Group of 20 country to start unwinding monetary stimulus.
* Conde Nast Publications Inc, facing a steep drop-off in advertising, said it would chop four magazines from its roster -- including 68-year-old Gourmet, long considered one of the world's most prestigious food titles.
* New guidelines released by the Federal Trade Commission say bloggers must disclose any money or freebies they receive in exchange for writing product reviews, a fast-growing and loosely regulated way for companies to market everything from diapers to movies.
* Google Inc (GOOG.O), a champion of the belief that advertising should be less about art and more about science, is embracing its inner creative side.
* Signaling what could be a major shift in the way it makes and markets movies, Walt Disney Co (DIS.N) named the head of the Disney Channel, Rich Ross, as the new chairman of its film studio, two and a half weeks after the abrupt departure of the studio's longtime chairman.
* MGM Mirage (MGM.N) is cutting the price of the condos at its $8.5 billion City Center development by 30 percent due to the economic downturn, the company announced Monday.
* Samsung Electronics Co (005930.KS), the world's biggest memory chip maker by revenue, said Tuesday that it expects third-quarter sales to rise 19 percent from a year earlier and median operating profit to come in at 4.1 trillion South Korean won ($3.5 billion).
* As billions of dollars pour into bond exchange-traded funds, cracks are starting to show. Share prices of many bond ETFs are drifting far from the value of their underlying holdings, which can create big trading costs for investors.
* American Express Co (AXP.N) said its president, Alfred Kelly, will resign to look for the top job at another company after concluding he was unlikely to become chief executive at the giant credit- and charge-card issuer.