WASHINGTON

House votes to remove

U.S. troops from Yemen

Asserting congressional authority over war-making powers, the House passed a resolution Wednesday that would force the administration to withdraw U.S. troops from involvement in Yemen, in a rebuke of President Donald Trump's alliance with the Saudi-led coalition behind the military intervention.

Lawmakers in both parties are increasingly uneasy over the humanitarian crisis in Yemen and skeptical of the U.S. partnership with that coalition, especially in light of Saudi Arabia's role in the killing of Washington Post columnist Jamal Khashoggi, a critic of the royal family.

Passage would mark the first time Congress has relied on the decades-old War Powers Resolution to halt military intervention.

 

TEHRAN, IRAN

Suicide car bomber

kills at least 27 people

A suicide car bomber claimed by an al-Qaida-linked group attacked a bus carrying members of Iran's elite Revolutionary Guard paramilitary force Wednesday, killing at least 27 people and wounding 13 others, state media reported.

Tehran immediately linked the attack in Iran's restive southeastern Sistan and Baluchistan province to an ongoing U.S.-led conference in Warsaw largely focused on Iran, just two days after the nation marked the 40th anniversary of its 1979 Islamic Revolution.

 

WETUMPKA, ALA.

Storm-damaged church

returns funds from casino

An Alabama church damaged by a tornado is returning a $25,000 donation from a casino because it doesn't support gambling.

The pastor of the First Baptist Church of Wetumpka, James Troglen, tells WSFA-TV that church members voted Sunday to return the contribution from Wind Creek Casinos.

Troglen says church members were "extremely moved" by the donation. But Troglen says he doesn't support legalized gambling and church members who share his beliefs thought it would be a conflict to keep the money.

 

WASHINGTON

FEMA director resigns

after two years on job

The head of the Federal Emergency Management Agency resigned Wednesday after a two-year tenure in which he managed the response to historic wildfires and major hurricanes but was dogged by questions over his use of government vehicles.

Brock Long said in a letter to FEMA employees that he was resigning to spend more time at home with his family. His last day is March 8.

He did not mention the investigation by the agency's watchdog that found he had used government vehicles without authorization, costing taxpayers tens of thousands of dollars.

 

 

NEW YORK

Feds: Slaying suspect

was in US illegally

A man accused of killing his ex-girlfriend and dumping her body in a suitcase in Connecticut is a citizen of Portugal who has been in the U.S. illegally for more than a year, federal authorities said Wednesday as the victim's loved ones gathered for her funeral.

Javier Da Silva Rojas, who had been living in New York City, was taken into custody Monday and charged with kidnapping resulting in death in the killing of 24-year-old Valerie Reyes, of New Rochelle, N.Y. The charge carries the possibility of the death penalty.

 

TORONTO

Woman faces charges

in chair-tossing incident    

A 19-year-old woman turned herself in to police on Wednesday to face charges of allegedly throwing two chairs off a 45th story balcony along a busy downtown Toronto street. The incident shown in an online video has sparked widespread outrage.

Detective Todd Higo said Marcella Zoia turned herself in. A widely viewed video shot from the apartment balcony shows a woman throwing one of the chairs, which plummets to the street below.

The chairs landed near the front entrance of the towering condo, but there were no reports of injuries.

 

 

WEST PALM BEACH, FLA.

Monkey reported stolen

found, returned to zoo

Kali, the 12-year-old rare Goeldi's monkey reported stolen from the Palm Beach Zoo, has been found safe and sound.

West Palm Beach police said Wednesday morning on Twitter that "Kali is home!" and they'll provide more details soon.

Detectives brought the Goeldi's monkey back to the zoo just before midnight and she appears to be in good condition, zoo President and CEO Margo McKnight said in a news release sent Wednesday morning.

 

Beacon Journal/Ohio.com wires