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

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Curiosity Rover Finds Evidence of Fresh Water on Mars
NASA announced that the Mars rover Curiosity had discovered powerful evidence of past water on the red planet. "You would have been able to drink it," said John Grotzinger, project scientist for the Mars Science Laboratory.

Police in Washington State Retrain Dope Dogs
Adult possession of marijuana is now legal in Washington state, and police there have been retraining drug dogs to desensitize them to the smell of cannabis. "Got to keep those sniffers in shape," said Sgt. Sean Whitcomb of the Seattle P.D.

Poll: Record 58 percent support gay marriage
In a March Washington-Post/ABC News poll, support for gay marriage leapt to a record 58 percent – with just 36 percent of Americans opposed.

Baby cured of HIV
Scientists announced (and follow-up reporting has confirmed) that a baby born HIV-positive was cured of the virus after unusually aggressive treatment with antiretroviral drugs.

Colorado Targets High-Capacity Magazines with New Gun Control Laws
Responding to the massacres in Aurora and Newtown, Colorado Governor John Hickenlooper signed legislation banning the sale of high-capacity magazines (defined as 15 bullets or more) and requiring background checks for private and online gun sales.

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