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libaba Group headquarters on March 29, 2014 in Hangzhou, China.

Alibaba Is Biggest U.S. IPO Ever

Chinese e-commerce giant Alibaba Group will price its shares at $68 apiece, raising $21.8 billion to make it the biggest U.S. initial public offering ever


France Joins U.S. Strikes on ISIS

The U.S. ally is the first to publicly join airstrikes in Iraq, bombing a logistics depot on Friday controlled by militants of Islamic State of Iraq and Greater Syria

President Barack Obama looks around during a flypast at the NATO summit in Newport, Wales, Sept. 5, 2014.

Obama, Celebs Campaign Against Campus Sex Assault

President Barack Obama and Vice President Joe Biden will announce a new public awareness and education campaign Friday that is designed to change the culture on college campuses and prevent sexual assault before it happens

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Police ID Person of Interest in Student’s Disappearance

Authorities in Charlottesville, Virginia, have identified a person of interest in the investigation into last weekend's disappearance of University of Virginia student Hannah Graham, 18, who went missing shortly after being recorded in a surveillance video

The casket of Michael Brown sits inside Friendly Temple Missionary Baptist Church awaiting the start of his funeral on August 25, 2014 in St. Louis Mo.

Grand Jury Process Highlights Difficulties in Ferguson Case

More than a month after Michael Brown's death in Ferguson, Mo., the grand jury appears to be nowhere near a decision on whether officer Darren Wilson should be charged, and the proceedings may suggest the prosecutor is trying to avoid backlash if Wilson isn't indicted

A sign stands in front of a Home Depot store on May 21, 2013 in El Cerrito, Calif.

Home Depot Breach Exposed 56 Million Credit Cards

The company said that cyber thieves had placed malware software on cash registers in stores throughout the U.S. and Canada from April to September, costing Home Depot at least $62 million in a breach even larger than the attack on Target last year

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Poll: 1 in 10 Americans Have Gone to Work High on Pot

A Mashable poll has found that almost 1 in 10 Americans have turned up to work high on marijuana. The poll also found that 28% of poll respondents have gone to work under the influence of a prescription drug, and 7% of those people took it for recreational purposes

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Your Dreams Get More Bizarre as the Night Goes On

A small new study published in the journal Dreaming finds that the dreams of 16 people attached with sleep-monitoring gear were "increasing in bizarreness" from the early to late night, the study author said, and also became more emotional

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Police: Man Kills 7, Self in Florida Shooting

Authorities in Bell, near Gainesville, are investigating a major shooting that took place Thursday. The shooter was identified as a 51-year-old who apparently called 911, saying he might harm himself and others, before killing seven family members and then himself

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U.S. Votes to Arm Syrian Rebels

The Senate voted late Thursday to approve a measure that authorizes the Obama Administration to arm and train “moderate” opposition fighters; the 78-22 vote followed on a 319-108 vote in favor of the measure Wednesday in the House, sending the bill to President Barack Obama

Li Na of China reacts after defeating Paula Kania of Poland in their women's singles tennis match at the Wimbledon Tennis Championships, in London

Li Na, China's Tennis Superstar, Announces Retirement

Li Na, the Chinese tennis superstar credited with buoying the prestige of Asian tennis to Grand Slam heights, announced her retirement on Friday, citing long-term and worsening knee injuries. "As hard as it’s been to come to this decision, I am at peace with it," Li said