*Gold rebounds after 2 pct drop, eyes worst week in 2 mths. LONDON, Jan 30- Gold is headed its for its worst week in two months even as it edges higher on Friday, following a 2 percent slide in the previous session on expectations for a U.S. interest rate rise. Gold is up 6.7 percent so far this month on uncertainty over European stability, after the Swiss National Bank...» Read More
EXCLUSIVE-LAW FIRMS BINGHAM, MORGAN LEWIS, AGREE TO MERGE. Sept 20- Leaders of two of the United States' largest law firms, Boston- based Bingham McCutchen and Philadelphia's Morgan Lewis& Bockius, have agreed to merge, according to three people familiar with the matter.
LOS ANGELES, Sept 20- Facebook Inc's Oculus VR unit announced an upgraded prototype of its virtual reality headset that has higher resolution and built-in audio, but the company said it is not ready to sell a device to consumers.
*Athens building its own funding buffer- Greek finmin. Athens is anticipating further debt relief measures from its euro zone partners and the International Monetary Fund later this year after managing to shore up its finances and post a budget surplus before interest payments.
Data breaches at retailers aren't going away but there are ways consumers can protect themselves from future heists of their payment card information.
ABUJA, Sept 20- Nigeria's oil minister announced a 213 billion naira bail-out package for power companies on Saturday, nearly a year after the sector was privatised.
Chrysler is recalling almost 189,000 Jeep Grand Cherokees and Dodge Durangos in the U.S. to fix a fuel pump problem that can cause the SUVs to stall.
While other Republicans are thinking about 2016, former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush is busy tending to a personal business empire.
CAIRNS, Australia, Sept 20- Canada's finance minister said on Saturday commitments made by G20 countries came "very close" to the target of adding an extra 2 percentage points to global economic growth and he urged European governments to increase stimulus where they could.
SAN FRANCISCO, Sept 20- Jonathan Mosen, who has been blind since birth, spent his evening snapping photos of packages in the mail, his son's school report and labels on bottles in the fridge.
CAIRNS, Australia, Sept 20- The Mexican economy is on track to achieve the government's growth forecast of 2.7 percent for 2014, deputy finance minister Fernando Aportela said on Saturday.
MEXICO ON TRACK TO ACHIEVE GOVT'S 2.7 PCT GROWTH FORECAST FOR 2014, SAYS DEPUTY FINANCE MINISTER.
*ECB waiting for results of current stimulus steps. *Noyer says euro zone "certainly not in deflation". FRANKFURT, Sept 20- The European Central Bank is not currently considering widening its asset purchases to include government debt, ECB Governing Council member Christian Noyer was quoted as saying on Saturday.
Apple new mobile payments system is winning over financial industry heavyweights, signaling the likely demise of lesser payment alternatives.
SEOUL, Sept 20- Hyundai Motor and two listed affiliates did not seek board clearance for the size of their record $10 billion bid for a plot of land in Seoul, more than triple its appraised value, four board members of the companies told Reuters.
CAIRNS, Australia, Sept 20- As the Group of 20 leading economies meet to change no less than the "destiny" of the global economy, members remain divided on how to get there with Germany pushing back at U.S. calls for more government stimulus. That goal has seemed ever more distant as members from China to Japan, Germany and Russia have all stumbled in recent months.
CAIRNS, Australia, Sept 20- South Korea's finance minister said he is pursuing expansionary fiscal policy to lift economic growth to about 4 percent next year, and said it would be best if the central bank adopted a similar policy stance.
KANSAS CITY- Federal Reserve Bank of Kansas City President Esther George gives welcome remarks at the Shift Innovation: Community Development Conference- 1330 GMT.
BRASILIA, Sept 19- One day after announcing that income inequality increased in Brazil last year, the Brazilian statistics institute IBGE said on Friday it had miscalculated and issued a new number reversing the trend.
NEW YORK, Sept 19- American Airlines Group Inc said on Friday it struck a tentative contract agreement with the Association of Professional Flight Attendants, an important step in finalizing a deal with 24,500 U.S.-based stewards at the airline.