*Interpol says use of stolen passports "of great concern". KUALA LUMPUR/ PHU QUOC ISLAND, Vietnam, March 9- O fficials investigating the disappearance of a Malaysia Airlines jetliner with 239 people on board suspect it may have disintegrated in mid-flight, a senior source said on Sunday, as Vietnam reported a possible sighting of wreckage from the plane.» Read More
LOS ANGELES, Oct 18- Power company NRG Energy Inc on Friday said it would pay $2.635 billion to acquire the assets of bankrupt unregulated power producer Edison Mission Energy, adding nearly 8,000 megawatts of electricity generation capacity to its business.
Oct 18- Paladin Labs Inc's experimental drug to treat a rare parasitic disease is safe and effective enough to be approved, an advisory panel to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration said on Friday.
SAO PAULO, Oct 18- Fire on Friday destroyed most of the infrastructure at Copersucar's sugar terminal in Brazil, one of the biggest in the world, likely putting 10 million tonnes of export capacity offline for up to six months until repairs are made.
NEW YORK, Oct 18- Electronic trading platform EBS is trying to regain its mojo. "The direct dealing segment of the industry is growing in a fragmented fashion and there is no dominant player," Gil Mandelzis, chief executive officer at EBS, told Thomson Reuters.
The plan, which would give the SEC more information about the private securities market, aims to offset concerns about lifting an 80- year-old ban on general advertising to allow hedge funds and others to use the Internet, radio or television to reach investors.
*Gold posts 3.3 percent gain for week. NEW YORK/ LONDON, Oct 18- Gold fell on Friday as investors took profits after the previous session's 3 percent rally on expectations the partial U.S. government shutdown will lead the Federal Reserve to postpone tapering of its bond-buying stimulus. Gold- backed ETF holdings are often seen as a gauge of investor interest.
The Obama administration was able to scrape up against the government's debt ceiling for five months before it came to the brink of default. It could have less breathing room in 2014.
WASHINGTON, Oct 18- The Obama administration was able to scrape up against the government's debt ceiling for five months this year before it came to the brink of default. These steps are known in Washington as the Treasury's "extraordinary measures."
*Cocoa slips as investors take profit after inline N.A grind data. NEW YORK/ LONDON, Oct 18- Raw sugar futures spiked to a one-year-high on Friday after a fire engulfed four warehouses in Brazil's Santos port, jeopardizing a fifth of monthly exports from the top producer's main terminal.
LOS ANGELES, Oct 18- Media mogul Rupert Murdoch was re-elected chairman of Twenty-First Century Fox Inc despite protests from shareholder groups who sought to separate the chairman and chief executive positions of the family-dominated company.
Oct 18- General Electric Co on Friday posted a record backlog of orders that the company said positioned it well for 2014, lifting shares and overshadowing a decline in quarterly profit and revenue. Orders grew 18 percent in the United States and 17 percent in Europe, helped by bookings for products such as wind turbines and oil pumps.
Oct 18- A legal fight over AT&T Inc's refusal to carry the U.S. news channel of Qatar- based broadcaster Al Jazeera can remain under wraps for now, despite a ruling by a Delaware state judge earlier this week lifting the secrecy in the case. Al Jazeera sued AT&T in Delaware's Court of Chancery, saying AT&T had broken and wrongfully terminated their contract.
LOS ANGELES, Oct 18- Media mogul Rupert Murdoch defied efforts to oust him from the helm of his family-dominated company, as shareholders re-elected him chairman of newly-created Twenty-First Century Fox Inc despite protests from shareholder groups about the adoption of the company's poison pill.
*FDA asks for new trial for Iluvien. *PSivida, which sold Iluvien rights, plunges 39 pct. The FDA raised concerns about the eye implant's safety profile in its complete response letter rejecting marketing approval, the company said on Friday.
SAN FRANCISCO, Oct 18- Google Inc shares jumped past $1,000 on Friday as investors bet on the Internet company's continued dominance of the mobile and video advertising businesses despite aggressive competition from Facebook Inc and Yahoo Inc..
"People are afraid that they're going to have to take the drug off the market," Summer Street Research analyst Carol Werther told Reuters. Ariad's Chief Scientific Officer, Tim Clackson, said he did not expect the drug to be withdrawn, but that it was likely an FDA advisory panel would evaluate the risks and benefits of the drug next year.
*Google becomes 2nd S&P company to top $1,000/ shr mark. NEW YORK, Oct 18- The S&P 500 resumed its record-breaking climb on Friday and was on track for its best weekly gain in more than three months, boosted by earnings from Google, Morgan Stanley and other big companies.
LONDON, Oct 18- British banks may have to build up more capital and more quickly than they expected, forcing firms like Barclays to rein in dividends to shareholders and restrain bankers' bonuses to find the extra cash.
*China's Q3 GDP growth up 7.8 percent. NEW YORK, Oct 18- Oil prices edged higher on Friday on strong, third-quarter GDP growth data from No. 2 oil consumer China and a weakness in the U.S. dollar. "The Chinese data gave us a bit of a bounce," said Phil Flynn, analyst at the Price Futures Group in Chicago, Illinois.
*EU, Canada finally close talks launched in May 2009. BRUSSELS/ LUXEMBOURG, Oct 18- The European Union and Canada agreed a multi-billion-dollar trade pact that will integrate two of the world's largest economies and paves the way for Europe to clinch an even bigger deal with the United States.