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Posted: January 6, 2013 at 5:13 a.m.

Jalal Talabani, Iraq’s president, is responding to treatment and recovering “faster than expected” from a stroke, according to a statement released by his office after French newspaper Le Figaro reported last week that he was “clinically dead.” Nadav Nirenberg, 27, a New York City trombonist who left his iPhone in a cab on New Year’s Eve and later learned someone was using it to send creepy messages to women with a dating app, posed as a woman on the service to lure the thief to his Brooklyn apartment and reclaimed his phone while brandishing a hammer and offering $20 to the thief, who bolted.

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