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Hillary calls Clinton 'my first husband'

PALM SPRINGS, Calif., Jan. 16 (UPI) -- Ex-U.S. President Bill Clinton says his wife, Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, is so healthy she calls him her "first husband" because she'll outlive him.

"She's always been very, very healthy and she has very low blood pressure, very low standing heartbeat. I tell her that, you know, she's still got time to have three more husbands after me. So, I think she'll live to be 120," the former president said during a health conference in Palm Springs, Calif. "She refers to me as her first husband. Because I told her once she's going to live to be 120 and have time for plenty more."

Clinton also offered advice for his wife, who is leaving her post and is widely considered a 2016 presidential contender, despite her comments to the contrary, Politico reported Wednesday.

"My advice is that she should rest up and decide what she wants to do with the rest of her life," he said.

The secretary of State recently was released from a New York hospital after being treated for a blood clot near her brain, following a concussion.


Woman files complaint against dating site

STOCKHOLM, Sweden, Jan. 16 (UPI) -- A Swedish woman has filed a complaint with the Consumer Agency accusing a dating website of not being worth the money she paid for its services.

The 43-year-old woman's complaint against eDarling says the website was "not offering good value for money" and featured misleading advertising that convinced her to sign up for a three-month account in November, The Local.se reported Wednesday.

The woman said eDarling, the European trading name for U.S. website eHarmony, did not offer a search function and instead based results on her answers to a questionnaire.

She said the site sent her only three potential matches per day, and "almost half" of those did not include photos.

"You know, once you see what they look like you often don't keep reading," the woman said.

She said the company's customer service department was no help.

"Why can't I look around, how do they know what I want? They just told me that sending out more partnerships proposals risked overwhelming the user."

Sibylle Regli, a spokeswoman for eDarling, said she was surprised by the complaint.

"It's a very unusual complaint from a customer," Regli said. "I am a bit bewildered by the complaint as we think our website is very clear about how our service works, and usually a customer will usually ask for their money back first if they are unhappy."


Russia's singing grannies to get monument

IZHEVSK, Russia, Jan. 16 (UPI) -- A Russian city announced it will erect a monument to a group of eight grandmothers who took second place in the Eurovision Song Contest.

Izhevsk officials announced Wednesday the Buranovskie Babushki, eight grandmothers who formed a folk-pop group and took the No. 2 spot at the Eurovision Song Contest May 26 of last year, will be honored with a monument in the city, RIA Novosti reported.

The monument project is being overseen by a commission of bureaucrats, architects, sculptors, scientists and artists, officials said.

Udmurtia Republic President Alexander Volkov issued a decree in July declaring May 26 as the region's Day of the Grandmother in honor of the women's accomplishment.


Man allegedly stole to impress woman

MANATEE, Fla., Jan. 16 (UPI) -- Authorities in Florida say a man accused of stealing beer, wine and steaks from a Walmart store told deputies he was trying to "impress a lady."

The Manatee County Sheriff's Office said a loss prevention officer spotted James Flenniken, 48, taking the $79.30 worth of items from the Manatee store about 5 p.m. Monday, the Bradenton Herald reported Wednesday.

Flenniken told deputies he took the items in an attempt to "impress a lady."

Flenniken was taken to the county jail on a misdemeanor shoplifting charge.

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