65 Signs That 2013 Wasn't the Worst

There was lots to be sad about this year, but let's not forget the rays of light peeking through the clouds

September

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McCain: "Maybe we should legalize."
Republican Senator and former GOP presidential nominee John McCain proved how fast the tide is turning against cannabis prohibition. "Maybe we should legalize," McCain said. "We're certainly moving that way as far as marijuana is concerned. I respect the will of the people."

California Hikes Minimum Wage
Improving the lives of low-wage workers in the nation's most populous state, the California legislature passed a new law that will raise the minimum wage to $10 an hour.

War with Syria Averted
Syria's deployment of chemical weapons, crossing President Obama's "red line," nearly pulled the United States into a third war in the Middle East. But an off-the-cuff disarmament offer from Secretary of State John Kerry, seized on by the Russians, defused the crisis, and Assad's WMD stockpiles are currently being destroyed.

Cuba-to-Florida Swim Completed
On her fifth attempt in 35 years, 64-year-old swimmer Diana Nyad completed an epic 53-hour, 110-mile swim from Havana to Key West, Florida. Her mantra: "Find a way."

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