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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.

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.

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.

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."

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.

PFAFFTOWN, N.C., May 22 (UPI) -- A Confederate flag displayed outside a North Carolina high school was taken down after students, parents and others complained, a school spokesman said.

The flag was run up the flagpole at Ronald W. Reagan High School in Pfafftown Sunday by students and removed the same day, as many people were distressed by the Civil War-era reminder of racial discrimination and bigotry, the Winston-Salem Journal reported Tuesday.

LOS ANGELES, March 20 (UPI) -- Singer Bobby Brown began his jail sentence in Los Angeles Wednesday, following his third driving under the influence conviction, TMZ reported.

NEW YORK, March 15 (UPI) -- Dave Chappelle gave a surprise standup show at New York's Comedy Cellar and joked with audience member, and fellow comedian, Chris Rock about touring together.

Tuesday, 12 March 2013 13:22

Vick cancels book tour amid threats

PHILADELPHIA, March 12 (UPI) -- A book tour by controversial Philadelphia Eagles quarterback Michael Vick was canceled due to "credible threats" of violence, his publisher said.

(TriceEdneyWire) - In the midst of the Academy Awards drama on Sunday, February 24, one of the Onion’s writers (we don’t know who he is – I doubt a she would have stooped so low), described the lovely and talented child Quvenzhane’ Wallace with a filthy word that took her all the way out of her name. 

Using a very crude word for female genatalia, the Onion writer observed that she was a c***.  Excuse me!  Blessedly hundreds of people shared their outrage in the electronic media so forcefully that the Onion’s CEO, Steve Hannah, apologized.  But somehow sorry doesn’t always make it right.  In my letter to the Onion, I’ve asked for reparations, or an effort to repair the harm that was done.  I’m sharing my statement and hope you, too, will share it with the “leaders” of The Onion.  Until they respond, I think it wholly appropriate to withhold support from them.  As Dr. King once said, “to cooperate with evil is to be evil”.  To besmirch a child, whether you are a satirical publication or not, is nothing but evil.

My letter:

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