8 Things You Need To Know This A.M.

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The Confederate flag comes down from the South Carolina Capitol grounds in a ceremony set for 10 a.m. (WLTX)
The Women's World Cup champions will get a ticker-tape parade today, the first ever for a women's sports team. USA! USA! USA! (NBC New York)
Alabama has lifted a 20-year-old ban on giving welfare benefits to people convicted of drug felonies. (AL.com)
Washington state is so arid and dry that even the rain forest is on fire. (Seattle Times)
Maybe the extra 16 feet (or more!) of ocean we'll get thanks to climate change can help put out the flames. (New Scientist)
The fallout continues from Donald Trump's racist remarks; celebrity chef Geoffrey Zakarian announced on Thursday that he's pulling out of a restaurant in a D.C. Trump hotel. (Washington Post)
If you're flying within Oregon, the friendly skies can also be the extremely chill skies: TSA announced that passengers can fly with an ounce of pot. (KGW)
Things in Syria keep getting worse: More than half the country's population has been displaced, and more than 4 million Syrian refugees have fled to neighboring nations. (The Guardian)

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