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Ex-British P.M.'s wife shops on eBay

LONDON, Oct. 28 (UPI) -- Cherie Blair, the wife of former British Prime Minister Tony Blair, spends a great deal of her time shopping for bargains on eBay, her friends say.

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The unnamed friends say the Blairs don't see that much of one another, and that Cherie is bored, the Daily Mail reported Thursday.

"Cherie is lonely. She feels neglected, and although she has a lot on her plate she still spends much of her time alone, either at home or in hotel rooms. She loves a bargain, yes, but primarily she's just trying to fill her time with the computer games and online shopping," one person, identified only as a close friend, told the British newspaper.

Blair's eBay account records indicate she has made more than 120 purchases through the Web site since July 2008, a month after the Blairs bought their seventh residence, an approximately $8.5 million mansion in Buckinghamshire formerly owned by Sir John Gielgud.

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"If Cherie Blair is buying these products on eBay, she's clearly got a lot of time on her hands. You can get great bargains on eBay, but it can be very time-consuming if you want to seal the deal. She's gone for some good and well-trusted brand names with specific designs, and so clearly knows what she wants," said Tor Vivian of the interior design company Dobson & Vivian.


Tails stolen from Montana horses

THREE FORKS, Mont., Oct. 28 (UPI) -- Authorities in Montana said at least two horse owners have called police to report the theft of hair from their animals.

The Gallatin County Sheriff's Office said Sandy O'Rourke of Three Forks called Oct. 17 and reported someone had taken the tails off two of her horses and cut part of the mane from a third, The Bozeman Daily Chronicle reported Thursday.

The theft came a month after Bob and Connie Riley of Dillon reported the theft of the hair from their horse's tail, investigators said.

The horse owners said their animals were not injured, but they are inconvenienced as they rely on their tails to swat at flies.

"It takes about four to five years for the tail to grow back," Bob Riley said.

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Students roll pumpkins down hill

CHAGRIN FALLS, Ohio, Oct. 28 (UPI) -- Hundreds of Ohio students rolled pumpkins down a hill in the wee hours Thursday morning as part of a tradition stretching back to 1969.

Students from Chagrin Falls High School's junior and senior classes rolled their pumpkins down Grove Hill in Chagrin Falls, WEWS-TV, Cleveland, reported Thursday.

The event, which was first held by the Chagrin Falls class of 1969, was cut short after 45 minutes Thursday due to a large number of minor injuries, police said.

The city street department cleaned the pumpkin mess at about 3 a.m. to prepare for morning traffic.


Free joints when Giants hit homers

SAN FRANCISCO, Oct. 28 (UPI) -- A San Francisco marijuana dispensary said patients will receive free joints every time the Giants hit a home run during the World Series.

The ReLeaf Herbal Center said patients inside the medical marijuana dispensary at the time of a home run hit by the Giants, playing in the World Series against the Texas Rangers, will receive free marijuana cigarettes, TMZ.com reported Thursday.

The dispensary said it is also celebrating the Giants in the World Series with a discounted "bright orange" strain of cannabis and a "Giant Punch" beverage made using marijuana.

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