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Add LICENSE. fix #878. PR #883

- change to Apache 2.0
- include Vim license in LICENSE
- upate README
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### License

Vim itself is distributed under the terms of the Vim License.
See vim-license.txt for details.

Vim also includes this message:
Neovim is licensed under the terms of the Apache 2.0 License.
Parts of Neovim that originated in Vim remain under the Vim license.
See LICENSE for details.

Vim is Charityware. You can use and copy it as much as you like, but you are
encouraged to make a donation for needy children in Uganda. Please see the

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