Spencer Platt/Getty Images(NEW YORK) — The largest initial public offering of a company ever, which is expected to happen this week through the New York Stock Exchange, will likely raise more than $24 billion. But many Americans have likely never used or even heard of the firm.

It’s an Internet company, not surprisingly, and it’s called Alibaba. The company has four main areas of revenue, according to Santosh Rao, head of research of Manhattan Venture Partners. And here’s what they are:

1. Retail E-Commerce

The first and main category is Alibaba’s retail marketplaces, which comprised 81.6 percent of the firm’s revenue in its fiscal 2014 year, which ended in March.

This includes:

  • Taobao, described as China’s largest consumer-to-consumer shopping site, similar to eBay.
  • Tmall, China’s largest third-party business-to-consumer platform.
  • Juhuasuan, China’s most popular group buying marketplace.

Through these sites, Alibaba takes a cut when there’s a transaction, plus there’s the business of advertising and search results when people are looking for an item. Some vendors can pay more to be listed first in search results.

2. Alibaba’s Wholesale Marketplace

Alibaba’s second biggest way to make money is its wholesale selling and buying business, which allows manufacturers to supply retail merchants. The website 1688.com is Alibaba’s local wholesale business while Alibaba.com is involved in international commerce.

Alibaba’s local wholesale business last comprised about 4.4 percent of revenue in 2014, while international commerce provided 9.2 percent.

3. Payments

As the folks at Apple can attest to, with its introduction of Apple Pay last week, the online and mobile payments industry is only getting started. Alibaba previously spun off Alipay, which describes itself as the “China’s leading third-party online payment solution,” and is similar to PayPal. But it’s still in the Alibaba ecosystem, facilitating business in both the retail and wholesale marketplaces.

“These guys facilitate the transactions,” Rao said of Alipay, which is a big and an essential business in China, because “there is a big slice of unbanked and underbanked population there,” especially in the non-urban areas.

4. Alibaba’s Ancillary Services

Alibaba has its hand in a number of other services, such as cloud computing and online marketing, which comprise 3.3 percent of the company’s revenue.

“Alibaba is getting into a number of other businesses, such as gaming, taxi service, ticketing, movie studios, among others,” Rao said. “They first take a small minority position in these emerging growth areas before acquiring them fully or take a major position.”

But other times, the company just takes a bite of the apple. Alibaba has invested in other companies with no sign of total domination yet, including the American ride-sharing firm Lyft and member shopping site ShopRunner.com.

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Jason Merritt/Getty Images(NEW YORK) — After nine years of marriage and three children, a lot has changed for Jennifer Garner and Ben Affleck. Garner admits that her focus is on her kids and not necessarily romancing her Hollywood husband.

“You can’t expect to be courted all the time, and I don’t want to court him right now — I don’t have the energy!” she says in the October issue of InStyle magazine, on newsstands September 19. “But we’re definitely in a very mindful place where we’re making an effort to be together, do things at the same time, and be loving.”

Since walking down the aisle in 2005, the A-list couple has settled into their roles as parents, even giving themselves a night off sometimes.

“When we had our first [child], we had only been together a year. We were babies. It happened so fast, I hardly remember what we were like before the kids got here. Now we’re just starting to go away for a night here and there,” Garner says.

So how do they split up parenting duties? Garner admits she takes most of the mundane tasks.

“For better or worse, I tend to be the one who says, ‘This is what needs to happen.’ I know who wants what lunch, and I’ve done all the school paperwork and filled out the emergency cards. Ben doesn’t know that stuff exists,” she reveals. “He is in charge of laughter. No matter how much I tickle them or toss them or chase them around, it’s not the same. If I’m the slow, steady drumbeat, he’s the jazz.”

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iStock Editorial/Thinkstock(VATICAN CITY) — Pope Francis will have no additional security when he travels to the predominantly Muslim country of Albania this week, despite reports that the pontiff is a target for ISIS terrorists.

The pope will use the same open-topped Jeep he uses at the Vatican during his single-day trip Sunday, a spokesman confirmed Monday.

“There is no reason to change the pope’s itinerary,” the Rev. Frederico Lombardi said in a briefing Monday, explaining that there were no specific threats or concerns. “We are obviously paying attention but there is no need for concern or a change to his program in Albania.”

The pope, 77, will use the open-topped vehicle because he prefers to be unhindered, Lombardi said.

Recent unsourced Italian media reports claim the pope is a target for ISIS terrorists.

Iraq’s ambassador to the Holy See has also publicly expressed concerns.

“The Pope is indeed a target,” Habeeb Al Sadr told Italian newspaper Il Messaggero late last week. “We know very well how these terrorists think…I would not exclude that ISIS would arrive to strike him.”

Pope Francis told reporters last month the world would be justified in using force to stop ISIS aggression.

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iStock/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) — In addition to not feeling tired in the morning, a new study finds getting a good night’s sleep means you’re less likely to take time off from work due to illness.

A study published in the September issue of Sleep followed 3,700 people in Finland, ages 30 to 64, for an average of seven years and found those who slept between seven and eight hours a night had the lowest percentage of taking time off from work due to sickness.

According to the study, those who slept less than six hours were much more likely to have taken off work due to illness.

Surprisingly, those who slept more than nine hours a night were just as likely to miss work due to illness as those who got less than six hours of shut-eye.

The researchers say the ideal amount of sleep for women is seven hours, 38 minutes, and seven hours, 46 minutes for men.

Tea Lallukka, a researcher at the Finnish Institute of Occupational Health, said in a news release that “those sleeping five hours or less, or 10 hours or more, were absent from work every year for 4.6 to 8.9 days more, as compared to those with the optimal sleep length.”

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iStock/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) — In addition to not feeling tired in the morning, a new study finds getting a good night’s sleep means you’re less likely to take time off from work due to illness.

A study published in the September issue of Sleep followed 3,700 people in Finland, ages 30 to 64, for an average of seven years and found those who slept between seven and eight hours a night had the lowest percentage of taking time off from work due to sickness.

According to the study, those who slept less than six hours were much more likely to have taken off work due to illness.

Surprisingly, those who slept more than nine hours a night were just as likely to miss work due to illness as those who got less than six hours of shut-eye.

The researchers say the ideal amount of sleep for women is seven hours, 38 minutes, and seven hours, 46 minutes for men.

Tea Lallukka, a researcher at the Finnish Institute of Occupational Health, said in a news release that “those sleeping five hours or less, or 10 hours or more, were absent from work every year for 4.6 to 8.9 days more, as compared to those with the optimal sleep length.”

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File photo. Daniel Berehulak/Getty Images(Kabul, Afghanistan) — Three foreign troops were killed Tuesday in a suicide attack near the U.S. Embassy in Kabul, Afghanistan, authorities said, with the Taliban claiming responsibility for the attack.

The Afghan interior ministry said 16 civilians were also injured in the morning rush-hour attack.

The attacker targeted a foreign forces convoy.

The blast shook Kabul’s busy airport road, bringing chaos to a beautiful morning and leaving the roadway covered in leaves, shrapnel and debris. Thick smoke rose from the site of the attack.

International Security Assistance Force members were among the victims, the ISAF confirmed. The identities and nationalities of the victims have not been released.

American forces stood guard following the attack, cordoning off the area and inspecting the damage.

Afghan and ISAF officials are reviewing the incident.

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Lou Rocco/ABC(NEW YORK) — Rosie O’Donnell is back hosting The View after more than seven years since she left the show following the 2007 season.

On Monday’s season premiere, O’Donnell was all jokes with the rest of the panel — Whoopi Goldberg, Rosie Perez and Nicolle Wallace — and even kidding with the crowd between commercial breaks. You could just see the excitement on the host’s face during the show.

O’Donnell, 52, is also 50-plus pounds lighter and a happily married woman. O’Donnell tied the knot for the second time to Michelle Rounds in 2012 and recently adopted a baby girl Dakota, in addition to her other children from her first marriage.

“I feel good. I wouldn’t have said yes to coming back if I didn’t,” she told ABC News backstage after the show. “They asked me a year ago, ‘Would you consider [coming back]?’ …The concept of being able to do this show in a way that celebrates and elevates women is hard for me to resist.”

O’Donnell had a procedure known as a vertical gastric sleeve, which she said has less complications that gastric bypass. Now, O’Donnell can’t eat as much and doesn’t want to, but getting used to her new body isn’t all positive, she said.

“The fact that I look so different has been difficult and unexpected,” she said. “Everyone assumes that obese people would just be jumping for joy that they were healthier and thinner and able to fit into store-bought sizes, we don’t have to go to the plus store. But it’s also filled with a lot of emotional turbulence, you wouldn’t expect.”

O’Donnell added that she is addressing the change in the right ways and getting support from other people in similar situations.

“I have a group that I go to, where women talk about how they feel,” she said. “A lot of marriages break up once one person gets healthy. Luckily, my wife is very healthy, always been healthy, loves me and encourages me to be healthy.”

In fact, O’Donnell’s health — especially after a heart attack at 50 years old — is something her wife makes her take seriously.

“When we decided to get married, she said, ‘But I want 40 more years and I don’t want you to die on me, so you need to do something for your health,'” she added.

But O’Donnell didn’t take her wife’s request seriously until Rounds got cancer.

“The stress of that as well as being as big as I was, as well as being so depleted in every way, I had a massive heart attack,” she said of the 2012 scare that almost took her life. “So, since then, I can’t ignore it anymore. It’s not like I don’t want the cupcake that I saw, I just know that that’s not a good choice.”

O’Donnell also touched on how she “wasn’t in the best place” last time she hosted the show, since she was going through a divorce from ex Kelli Carpenter in 2007.

“When you are getting a divorce and you have children involved and you are two people who are intelligent and love your children and each other and know it’s not going to work, it takes a long time,” she explained. “So, I was in the midst of that and wasn’t in the best place. Now Kelli is happily married. …I’m happily married, I have a new baby, which for me is better than any Prozac.”

The host, who was welcomed back to the show via a standing ovation on Monday, said her baby has only kept her up two nights in the past year and a half, which worries O’Donnell, because her wife thinks that’s normal.

“She keeps going, ‘We should have another one!'” she said, laughing. “So, I’m happy, I’m in a good place.”

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ABC/Randy Holmes(LOS ANGELES) — During an appearance on The Ellen DeGeneres Show that aired Monday, former Saturday Night Live star Kristen Wiig joined Ellen for a less-than-stellar take on “Let It Go,” the song Idina Menzel originally sang in the Disney film Frozen.

DeGeneres had confessed that she’s “probably one of the only human beings on this planet that doesn’t know that song ‘Let It Go.'”

Wiig admitted to being just as clueless, noting, “I just know that the words ‘let it go’ are in there. I assume they’re in there.”

The 56-year-old talk show host explained, “My niece sang the whole thing to me the other day and I thought, ‘Well, we should sing it together.’ We don’t know it.” She declared that her and Wiig’s version would be “the worst” of all the videos that have been circulating around the Web.

DeGeneres then pulled out two microphones and handed one to Wiig. They went on to give a hilarious performance of the entire song.

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Allison Joyce/Getty Images(NEW YORK) — In the wake of the Ray Rice scandal, the NFL has decided it needs a woman’s perspective in shaping the league’s policies on domestic violence and sexual assault.

Commissioner Roger Goodell informed the league’s teams Monday that he has given NFL vice president of community affairs and philanthropy Anna Isaacson a new role as NFL vice president of social responsibility. Issacson will be responsible for developing education, training and support programs.

Goodell also announced the league was retaining the services of three women as senior advisors to help develop policies on domestic violence and sexual assault.

The three include Lisa Friel, the former head of the Sex Crimes Prosecution Unit in the New York County District Attorney’s Office; Rita Smith, the former executive director of the National Coalition Against Domestic Violence; and Jane Randel, the co-founder of NO MORE, an organization that strives to raise the profile of and normalize the conversation about domestic violence and sexual assault.

Teresa C. Younger, the president and CEO of the Ms. Foundation for Women, an advocacy group for women’s rights, reacted to Goodell’s announcement by issuing a statement saying, “Hiring three women as senior advisors is a start — but this should not be where it ends.”

Younger’s statement continues, “We hope the NFL will be inclusive of the voices called to the table to address systemic cultural issues that perpetuate violence against women. The NFL needs to support victims, expand education for football players and fans at all levels, and dismantle sexism within football.”

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Garrett W. Ellwood/Getty Images(NEW YORK) — Kansas City Chiefs running back Jamaal Charles endured a high ankle sprain in the team’s loss to the Denver Broncos Sunday, according to Chiefs head coach Andy Reid.

Charles injured the ankle in the first quarter after only two carries.

High ankle sprains quite often can keep a player off the field for multiple weeks, but the Chiefs haven’t announced any timetable on Charles’ return.

“It doesn’t look to be a real severe one, but it does have the components of a high ankle sprain,” Reid said. “What does that mean? We’ll see what happens.”

If Charles is out for any length of time, it would be tough on the Chiefs.

The 27-year-old accounted for 1,980 all-purpose yards and 19 touchdowns last season.

After Charles left the game Sunday, Knile Davis took over in the backfield. The second-year running back carried the call 22 times for 79 yards and two touchdowns.

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