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Some council members said yesterday that they need more information before they can decide what to do. The vote has been rescheduled for March 18.

The resolution is more of a “no-confidence” vote and cannot force Mr. Kilpatrick to resign. He repeatedly has said he will not step down.

A prosecutor is investigating whether Mr. Kilpatrick and former Chief of Staff Christine Beatty lied under oath about having an affair during a trial in a whistle-blower lawsuit. The mayor has been dogged by recent press reports about steamy text messages the two exchanged that suggest an affair.


New substance found harmless

LAS VEGAS — A suspicious substance reported at a Las Vegas hotel and casino yesterday was found to be harmless, authorities said, just days after a man was hospitalized in the resort city with suspected ricin poisoning.

Hazardous materials teams responded to the Excalibur Hotel and Casino after a guest reported the unknown substance in his room, Las Vegas Metropolitan Police spokesman Bill Cassell said.

The room was quarantined while crews tested the matter and ultimately confirmed that it was not dangerous, Mr. Cassell said. He declined to elaborate on the nature of the substance.

Local news reports said the man had called police after finding a white powder in the sheets of his bed.

The FBI has been investigating the mysterious circumstances surrounding the illness of a man who was in critical condition at a Las Vegas hospital with suspected ricin poisoning.


Vacant building partially collapses

NEW YORK — A vacant building partially collapsed in New York yesterday, but there were no reports of injuries, the city’s fire department said.

Metro North commuter trains running nearby through Harlem were shut down as a precaution, causing chaos for commuters trying to catch trains north from Grand Central Station.

The building in the north of Manhattan at 124th Street was vacant, a fire department spokesman said.

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