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The New York Times Baghdad bureau chief Tim Arango has been reporting from Iraq for five years and has watched the rise of the Islamic State militants. He gives Fresh Air his take on the situation.
At a product event on Tuesday, Apple announced a mobile payment system called Apple Pay. CEO Tim Cook says that Apple Pay will provide a secure way to make transactions using one of Apple's devices.
Dollar General has been courting competitor Family Dollar, but it isn't interested and instead agreed to sell to Dollar Tree. Dollar General reportedly is planning a hostile bid to disrupt that deal.
Google is the latest in a string of American technology companies that has run into roadblocks in Europe. Steve Inskeep learns more from Danny Hakim of The New York Times.
The underground spaces in lower Manhattan cost more per square foot than the apartments being sold above them, according to The New York Times.
A referendum will be held next week on whether Scotland should break away from the U.K. Steve Inskeep talks to British journalist Jonathan Freedland about why he doesn't want Scotland to leave.