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NEW YORK (AP) - Hit the road, Jack! That's the message for the homeless from New York City. The Big Apple is buying one-way plane tickets for homeless families to leave the city. It's part of a program to keep the homeless out of the expensive shelter system. It costs $36,000 a year to house a family. Officials report more than 550 families have left the city since 2007. All it takes is a relative somewhere else to agree to take them in.

GREENVILLE, S.C. (AP) - The ride was stolen - but it wasn't a car. Police have ticketed a woman for riding a stolen horse down the main street in a small South Carolina town. The Greenville News reports the 40-year-old woman was cited for disorderly conduct. Police were responding to a citizen's report that a woman was about to fall off a horse. Officers say they found the large tan horse tied to a bench at a convenience store. The woman was inside trying to use the phone. According to authorities, officers said the woman's speech was slurred and she smelled of booze. She said she was riding the horse to her boyfriend's house. The horse's owner has decided not to press charges.

LAWRENCEVILLE, Ga. (AP) - It's a do-it-yourself project with a twist and a strip. Police in Lawrenceville, Ga., charge Constance Trahan was running an illegal strip club in her basement and garage. Officers responding to a noise complaint say they also found a sign offering "1 Dollar Jello Shots." Trahan faces a misdemeanor charge of maintaining a disorderly house. But her roommate says they were just having a birthday party and there were no strippers or underage drinking.

PLAIN CITY, Utah (AP) - There's a young man in Utah who's getting an early start on his driving practice. Police say a 7-year-old boy led officers on a car chase through Weber County. It seems the pint-sized driver didn't want to go to church. One witness says the boy ran a stop sign. Deputies tried to stop the car, but couldn't. According to sheriff's department officials, the car finally came to a halt in a driveway. Authorities say the 7-year-old is too young prosecute or ticket.

MADISON, Wis. (AP) - Sometimes it just doesn't pay to be a nice guy. Police in Madison, Wis., report a Good Samaritan was slugged in the face after giving a panhandler a buck. According to police, the victim pulled $14 out his pocket and gave the panhandler a dollar. Police say the man then grabbed they entire wad of cash and walked away. The good Samaritan followed the man and demanded his money back. Police say the panhandler punched the man in the face, causing the victim to hit his head on a trash bin. The Good Samaritan needed stitches. Police report they have a lead on a suspect, who had been ticketed for menacing panhandling earlier that same day.

BALTIMORE (AP) - Purdue University students Cameron Brown and Brett Westcott are a couple of nice guys. And they always have ready compliment for complete strangers. Brown and Westcott were in Baltimore Monday and Washington Saturday. They were saying nice things about everything from one man's beard to a floral patterned shirt. The students' 10-city Brightside tour heads to New York City this week, then to Rochester, N.Y., where tour sponsor, Kodak, is based. But some of the recipients of the compliments don't know what to make of it. One woman in Baltimore wondered what the young guys really wanted.

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