Alibaba founder and CEO Jack Ma has much to laugh about. Shares in the company opened at $92.70 in the New York Stock Exchange on Friday. The company is now valued at more than $200 billion — that's bigger that Amazon and Facebook. Mark Lennihan/AP hide caption

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Alibaba Shares Surge On First Day Of Trading

Shares of the Chinese e-commerce giant opened at $92.70 a share on the New York stock exchange today, making it the biggest initial public offering in U.S. history. They were priced at $68 a share.

The Salt

Around The World In 8 Hospital Meals

From tasty tempura to gross gruel, hospital meals across the globe vary wildly. Highbrow institutions in China and India have long served top-notch food. U.S. hospitals are starting to follow suit.

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French Jets Conduct First Airstrikes Against ISIS In Iraq

President Francois Hollande says the Rafale fighters "entirely destroyed" a logistics depot. His office said more air operations against Islamic State militants would be conducted in coming days.

New York state is buying homes like this one in Staten Island's Fox Beach neighborhood as part of a Hurricane Sandy recovery project in the hopes that demolishing them will help nature return and provide a barrier to future storm surges. Matthew Schuerman/WNYC hide caption

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Some On Staten Island Opt For Buyout Of 'Houses That Don't Belong' WNYC

As part of the ongoing recovery from Hurricane Sandy, New York's plan is to buy and demolish hundreds of homes on Staten Island and Long Island and let nature return as a barrier to future storm surges.

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Scientist IDs Bodies Of Migrants, Helping Families Find Closure

Lori Baker uses DNA samples to track down the loved ones of immigrants who died on their journeys. "I would love not to do this anymore, but I don't think I have it in me not to," she says.

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Goats and Soda

A Frightening Curve: How Fast Is The Ebola Outbreak Growing?

Health leaders now say the Ebola epidemic is growing exponentially. That means, in the next few weeks, we could see at least 60,000 Ebola cases by the end of 2014.

In a March 2014 TED talk, Ebrahim credited The Daily Show's Jon Stewart with helping him realize that "a person's race, religion or sexual orientation had nothing to do with the quality of one's character." Ryan Lash hide caption

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Author Interviews

The Long, Scary Journey From A 'Terrorist's Son' To A Peace Activist

Zak Ebrahim's father was convicted as a conspirator of the 1993 World Trade Center bombing. For most of his life, Ebrahim lied to people about who his father was. His new memoir tells his story.

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