QUEEN ESCHEWS FUR
LONDON (AP) — Buckingham Palace says new outfits designed for Queen Elizabeth II will not use real fur.
The palace said Wednesday the decision does not mean the queen will dispose of all the fur outfits she already has. The palace statement says “the queen will continue to re-wear existing outfits in her wardrobe.”
The decision pleased animal rights activists, who have sometimes criticized the monarch for the fur pieces in her collection of designer clothes.
Claire Bass, director of the Humane Society International/UK, says “we are thrilled Her Majesty has officially gone fur-free.” She says the queen’s decision will send a positive message that fur is no longer considered fashionable.
AIRBNB LOOKS TO IMPROVE TRUST
UNDATED (AP) — Airbnb says it will spend the next year verifying all 7 million of its listings as it works to improve user trust.
The San Francisco-based home-sharing company says starting next month, it will also rebook guests or refund their money if they check into a property that doesn’t match what was shown online.
The moves come after a rough week for Airbnb.
Last Thursday, a Vice News story revealed a scam by Airbnb hosts who put guests up at inferior properties after claiming the first ones weren’t available. That same day, a shooting at an unauthorized Halloween party at an Airbnb rental in Orinda, California, left five people dead.
Airbnb CEO Brian Chesky says the company is also launching a 24-hour hotline for guests, neighbors and others to report problems.
SUPPLY COMPANY ACCUSED OF DILUTING SPICES SOLD TO PRISONS
UNDATED (AP) — A Pennsylvania-based supply company is accused of diluting spices sold to prisons across the country.
The Post and Courier reports federal prosecutors in South Carolina have filed a false claims lawsuit against FlavorPros LLC. It says FlavorPros cut spices with flour, starch and other fillers to underbid competitors for $500,000 in federal procurement contracts.
FlavorPros was owned by Charlene Brach, of New Jersey. She was charged last year with adulterating and misbranding spices sold to 122 prisons nationwide. Brach denied guilt on Tuesday and said her company wouldn’t have been responsible if spices were diluted.
Brach later started another supply company, Artisan Foods LLC, allegedly to avoid scrutiny of FlavorPros.
UNIVERSITY TAKES PB&J AS PAYMENT FOR PARKING TICKETS
ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — What a lip-smacking offer!
Anyone with unpaid parking fines at the University of Alaska Anchorage campus has the option to reduce or cover the cost of their tickets with peanut butter and jelly.
KTUU-TV reported the university would take donations for their annual payment tradition until Nov. 8 to help combat student hunger.
Officials say the food goes to students in need.
University officials say each person could use PB&J payments for two citations issued within the past 45 days.
Officials say two 16-ounce jars offer a $10 credit, three jars offer a $35 credit and five jars offer a $60 credit.
Officials say any unopened commercially produced nut butter-almond, cashew, peanut butter or any flavor jam, jelly, marmalade or preserves would be accepted.