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Dog doo DNA testing used in cleanup woes

LEBANON, N.H. (AP) -- Here's the scoop: Some apartment complexes are using DNA testing on dog doo to find out who's not cleaning up after their pets.

The Timberwood Commons in Lebanon, N.H., opened this year and already has had problems with some residents who aren't cleaning up messes their dogs leave.

So manager Debbie Violette is going to use commercially available DNA sampling kits to check the DNA that dogs leave behind when they go.

"We've tried doing the warning letters. We've tried all sorts of things," she said Friday. "It's always a problem. It's just that the majority of people are responsible pet owners and there are a few who are not."

She said residents have been told they must submit samples from their dogs so DNA profiles can be put on file.

"I want people to know that we're serious about this," she said. More than 30 dogs call the 252-unit complex home.

"It's one of the coolest things I've ever done as a property manager," said Debbie Logan, who manages the Twin Ponds Development in Nashua.


Another search for student planned

BLOOMINGTON, Ind. (AP) -- The parents of a missing Indiana University student planned a new large-scale search for her, even as police said Friday that investigators still have little to go on three weeks after she was last seen walking home alone in the early morning hours.

The parents of Lauren Spierer, 20, asked for volunteers to come out for the "Find Lauren Day" search today, with assignments being given out from a coordination site at the Bloomington campus.

Robert Spierer said Saturday's search for his daughter would cover a large area outside the southern Indiana city, including spots that have been suggested by search experts.

It is a renewed push as the number of volunteer searchers has dwindled from the hundreds who showed up for several days after the Greenburgh, N.Y., woman was last seen at about 4:30 a.m. June 3 after a night of partying with friends.

"We're really ready to go home. We just need Lauren, we need our daughter," Charlene Spierer said. "We need somebody to do the right thing, to stand up and speak up Please, we're begging you, help us find Lauren."


Governor touts employee benefits deal

TRENTON, N.J. (AP) -- New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie started taking victory laps Friday, touting a landmark employee benefits deal that requires public workers to contribute significantly more for pension and health benefits, bringing them in line with private sector workers.

In interviews with major media outlets and on talk shows, Christie suggested politicians in Washington could learn a thing or two from New Jersey.

"I am going to guarantee you when it's finished (it) will become a national model and will be hailed across the country as an example of bipartisanship that the president and the Congress can only aspire to," Christie said of the legislation.

"It's a monumental accomplishment, it really is. Very few states have done anything this sweeping in one piece of legislation," Christie told the AP, calling underfunded pension and health care obligations "the core problems of government spending in the country."

On Friday, Christie's office also released a new highlights video, titled "Can't Stop Now," touting the deal.

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