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WASHINGTON, May 29 (UPI) -- U.S. Rep. Michele Bachmann, R-Minn., a Tea Party movement leader in Congress, announced Wednesday she wouldn't seek re-election.

"After a great deal of thought and deliberation, I have decided next year I will not seek a fifth congressional term," Bachmann said in a video posted on her campaign website. "After serious consideration, I am confident this is the right decision."

She said the constitutional limit of eight years in office imposed on the president also was "long enough for an individual to serve as a representative for a specific congressional district."

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CHANDLER, Okla., May 28 (UPI) -- Oklahoma prosecutors say they have added three new criminal charges against a former judge who was indicted three times in April.

Craig S. Key now faces charges of harboring a fugitive, embezzling from a client and forgery, The Oklahoman reported Tuesday.

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WASHINGTON, May 29 (UPI) -- A U.S. House panel is looking into whether Attorney General Eric Holder lied during testimony on the Justice Department's scrutiny of reporters, an aide said.

The aide said the panel was examining a statement Holder made during an exchange with U.S. Rep. Hank Johnson, D-Ga., about whether the department could prosecute reporters under 1917's Espionage Act, The Hill reported Tuesday.

"In regard to potential prosecution of the press for the disclosure of material, this is not something I've ever been involved in, heard of, or would think would be wise policy," Holder said under oath during the May 15 hearing.

A week after the hearing, though, NBC News reported Holder personally approved a search warrant that called Fox News Chief Washington Correspondent James Rosen a co-conspirator in a national security leaks case.

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A three-day national drill to prepare government bodies and civilians for an unconventional weapons attack began Monday, the Israeli army said.

Dubbed "Turning Point 7," the nationwide exercise was being held amid a backdrop of threats faced by Israel. During the drill, security forces were simulating missile attacks on Israel from multiple fronts.

"This year, the national exercise will focus on preparing the home front for required government, civilian and military response to an unconventional weapons scenario within the home front," an Israeli army statement said. The drill will end Wednesday.

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NEW YORK, May 27 (UPI) -- U.S. Sen. Charles Schumer and New York Police Commissioner Ray Kelly said Monday they object to the planned method to screen Statue of Liberty visitors.

Months after being battered by Hurricane Sandy, the Statue of Liberty is scheduled to reopen on July 4, and National Park Service screenings of visitors will take place after a ferry ride from Manhattan to Ellis Island, prior to arriving at the statue, the television news channel NY1 said.

Speaking at a news conference Monday, Schumer, D-N.Y., and Kelly reinforced their call to have visitors submit to screenings in Manhattan, before boarding the ferry.

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WASHINGTON, May 27 (UPI) -- A majority of Americans still oppose the new healthcare law known as Obamacare, a CNN/ORC International poll released Monday indicates.

Three years after it became law, 43 percent of respondents say they support the healthcare law, a figure unchanged since it was passed by Congress and signed into law by President Barack Obama in 2010, and 54 percent oppose it.

These figures are relatively unchanged since 2010, CNN noted.

The law is too liberal, 35 percent say, with 16 percent saying it is not liberal enough.

The poll was conducted May 17 and 18 by ORC International, with 923 adults questioned by telephone. Its overall sampling error is plus or minus 3 percentage points.

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ALEPPO, Syria, May 27 (UPI) -- Sen. John McCain Monday entered Syria for talks with rebel leaders, The Daily Beast reported.

The report said McCain is the highest-ranking U.S. official to enter Syria since the civil war began more than two years ago. McCain, R-Ariz., is a critic of the Obama administration's non-involvement policy in Syria.

The senator made the unannounced visit across the Turkey-Syria border with Gen. Salem Idris, leader of the Supreme Military Council of the Free Syrian Army, The Daily Beast reported.

The visit lasted several hours.

While meeting with McCain, rebel leaders urged the United States to provide them with heavy weapons and a no-fly zone, and launch airstrikes on the Syrian regime forces and the forces of Hezbollah, the report said.

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ARLINGTON, Va., May 27 (UPI) -- President Obama charged Americans Monday with the task of honoring "the strength and resolve" of its armed forces and "be worthy" of the sacrifices they made.

"Let it be our task, every single one of us, to honor the strength and the resolve and the love these brave Americans felt for each other and for our country," Obama said during remarks at Arlington National Cemetery in Virginia. "Let us never forget to always remember and to be worthy of the sacrifice they make in our name."

Even as the country moves away from the war in Iraq and winds down the war in Afghanistan by the end of 2014, "let us never forget that the nation is still at war," Obama said.

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DAMASCUS, Syria, May 27 (UPI) -- Syria's civil war has devolved into an "intolerable affront to the human conscience" since it began, U.N. Human Rights Commissioner Navi Pillay said Monday.

In remarks that opened the 23rd session of the Human Rights Council in Geneva, Pillay said, "I come to this task today in the hope that we will be able to spark tangible action to stop the escalating bloodshed and suffering in Syria, which after 26 months has become an intolerable affront to the human conscience."

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NEW YORK, May 27 (UPI) -- Troubled U.S. actress Amanda Bynes focused her latest Twitter rant on Rihanna, criticizing the Barbadian pop star for being "so ugly tryin to be white."

"@rihanna you look so ugly tryin to be white," Bynes tweeted in a message she deleted two minutes later Sunday, X17 reported.

"Chris Brown beat you because you're not pretty enough," Bynes said in a later online message.

She also re-tweeted a post by Rihanna that read: "'Look who came to see me!! My lover Stella McCartney!!!," to which Bynes replied, "No one wants to be your lover so you call everyone and their mother that I almost named my new dog Rihanna."

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