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ZUMBA Class!: "Teen Girls ONLY" An aerobic fitness program featuring movements inspired by various styles of Latin American dance and performed primarily to Latin American dance music. UNION PARISH LIBRARY MEETING ROOM Instructed By: Deanna Williams Sepulvado of Union Parish Calendar

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Sat, 30 Aug 2014 22:39:41 -0400
U.S. planes strike militants near Iraq's Amreli, airdrop aid

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Ferguson rally marks 3 weeks since Brown's death

Family members of Michael Brown, an unarmed black 18-year-old who was fatally shot by a white police officer three weeks earlier, have a moment of silence at the site of the shooting in Ferguson, Mo. on Saturday, Aug. 30, 2014. Fifth from left is his father, Michael Brown Sr., with towel, and mother, Lesley McSpadden, third from right. (AP Photo/Bill Boyce)FERGUSON, Mo. (AP) Hundreds converged on Ferguson on Saturday to march for Michael Brown, the unarmed black 18-year-old who was shot and killed by a white police officer three weeks ago to the day. His death stoked national discourse about police tactics and race, which the rally's organizers pledged to continue.

Sat, 30 Aug 2014 16:52:57 -0400
Car tied to suspected threat against Obama found in Connecticut

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Sat, 30 Aug 2014 17:21:59 -0400
F-16s dispatched for unresponsive pilot of small plane near D.C.

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Sat, 30 Aug 2014 19:33:38 -0400
Fighter 'War Machine' sent to Nevada to face assault charges

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Sat, 30 Aug 2014 22:58:39 -0400
European Union sets Russia ultimatum

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Sat, 30 Aug 2014 20:25:17 -0400
Fresh U.S. airstrikes target Islamic State in Iraq

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Sat, 30 Aug 2014 17:26:25 -0400
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Sat, 30 Aug 2014 12:35:13 -0400
Pro-Russia rebels confident after making gains

A pro-Russian rebel watches as Ukrainian troops evacuated from the rebel-held town of Starobesheve, eastern Ukraine, Saturday, Aug. 30, 2014. Ukrainian government forces have succumbed to a sequence of military failures and seen their holdings in the conflict-ridden east shrink in recent days as Russian-backed rebels continue their fast-paced offensive. (AP Photo/Sergei Grits)STAROBESHEVE, Ukraine (AP) As the survivor of a tank attack on a Ukrainian army truck was being carried into an ambulance, he was showered with verbal abuse by a rebel fighter.

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