January 6, 2013

Nation & World Dispatches

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Mamie Rearden of Edgefield, S.C., a 114-year-old woman who was the oldest living U.S. citizen, has died.

The Associated Press


Prison guards catch cat loaded with contraband

Guards thought there was something suspicious about a little white cat slipping through a prison gate in northeastern Brazil. A prison official says that when they caught the animal, they found a cellphone, drills, small saws and other contraband taped to its body.

An Alagoas state prisons spokeswoman said the cat was caught on New Year's Eve at the medium-security prison in the city of Arapiraca.

The O Estado de S. Paulo newspaper reported Saturday that all of the prison's 263 inmates are suspects in the smuggling attempt, although it says a prison spokesman said, "It will be hard to discover who is responsible since the cat does not speak."


Musician poses as a potential date to reclaim missing iPhone

A New York City musician used a combination of technology, seduction, a hammer and a bribe to reclaim his missing iPhone from a confused crook.

Jazz trombonist Nadav Nirenberg, 27, said he left the phone in a cab on New Year's Eve. The next morning, he learned via email that someone was sending messages to women using a dating app on the phone.

Nirenberg logged on to the service and offered the man a date -- posing as a woman. When the culprit arrived at Nirenberg's Brooklyn apartment with wine, the musician greeted him with a $20 bill while holding a hammer, just in case. The thief handed him the iPhone and left without a word.


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