8 Things You Need To Know This A.M. — Jun 20 2015

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A church in Charleston, South Carolina, was attacked this week — an act of terrorism with a historical precedent. Black churches in America have long been subject to acts of violence and hatred. (The Atlantic)
The Pope took a big stand on climate change this week, saying the Earth has begun to look "like an immense pile of filth." It's already being lauded and derided. [New York Times]
A man survived an 8,000-mile flight from South Africa to London, clinging to the bottom of a plane. Another fell to his death. [TIME]
Mexico's foreign minister called Donald Trump's announcement speech offensive and ignorant. In the speech, Trump said the Mexicans who come to America are rapists. (El Universal)
Cuba just announced it will offer 36 new Wi-Fi hotspots. That might not sound like a lot, but for one of the least wired countries in the Western hemisphere, it could be revolutionary. (New York Times)
President Obama's big Asian trade bill made it through the House this week and now heads to the Senate. It's been an embarrassing ordeal for Obama, since it was previously rejected — mostly by Democrats. (BBC News)
The TSA seizes a surprising number of weird and terrifying weapons — including a number that look like they're straight out of Game of Thrones. (Yahoo Travel)
Americans will spend $12.7 billion on their dads this Father's Day, but the holiday wasn't always so universally loved. In fact, once upon a time, it was a little controversial. (NBC News)

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