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Denver, Colorado skyline.

UN says ozone layer slowly healing, hole to mend by 2066

A scientific assessment found recovery in progress, more than 35 years after the world agreed to stop producing a list of ozone-eating chemicals.

 | AP

Damar Hamlin is pictured in his University of Pittsburgh football uniform

Damar Hamlin's Hometown Shows Support After His Cardiac Arrest

Damar Hamlin's hometown of McKees Rocks, Pennsylvania, is hoping for a speedy recovery after the Buffalo Bills safety collapsed during a game.

 | Stephanie Sandoval

Damar Hamlin poses with a child who picked out a toy from Hamlin's toy drive for kids.

Fans Give Millions To Damar Hamlin's Toy Drive For Kids

Roughly $5.5 million was donated in the first 24 hours after his injury. And the number is climbing.

 | AP

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$785M Mega Millions Prize Is 6th Largest In U.S. History

There have been 22 straight drawings without a big winner, allowing the Mega Millions prize to roll over and keep growing.

 | AP

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2022 Year In Review: 22 Positive Stories That Made Us Smile

Every day, there are people in the world making incredible things happen, and their stories are sure to bring you a smile.

 | Marie Rossiter

The team from 'Pets for Life' stops by to drop off supplies for Deniece Young's cat, Mr. Moe

'Pets For Life' Working To Address 'Veterinary Deserts' Across America

Pets for Life works in 43 states, to get pet care to places where people experience poverty or lack access to veterinary care.

 | Maya Rodriguez

A child with special needs wears a helmet for indoor skydiving

How Indoor Skydiving Helped Kids With Special Needs

Indoor skydiving helps teach kids with special needs the meaning of overcoming fears, as well as defy what some kids think is possible for themselves.

 | Daniel Grossman

Volunteers at Bike Alpharetta repairing a bike

City In Georgia Is Repairing Bikes For Families In Need This Holiday

Stephen Graddick shows us how Bike Alpharetta and North Fulton Community Charities help make children's dreams come true at Christmas.

 | Stephen Graddick IV

A student holds a sign following a Black Lives Matter rally.

Black Lives Matter Creates Student Debt Fund As Federal Relief Stalls

Black Lives Matter hopes a $500,000 fund will offer some assured relief to current or former students waiting for loan forgiveness.

 | James Packard

A lion is shown.

Lions Rescued From A Ukrainian Zoo Have Found A New Home In The U.S.

Ukraine has made efforts to fly many of its most endangered animals out of the war-torn country, like lions from the Odesa Zoo.

 | Clayton Sandell

A genealogy testing kit for Ancestry/DNA.

Holocaust Survivors Offered DNA Tests To Help Find Family

The New York-based Center for Jewish History is launching a project offering DNA testing kits for free to Holocaust survivors and their children.

 | AP

Santa Claus waves from atop a float.

Operation Santa: How You And The USPS Can Help People In Need

Operation Santa has helped deliver gifts from Ol' Saint Nick to kids of all ages. And over the years, the process has moved online.

 | Aimee Reece and Lindsay Tuchman

FeedingNYC group

FeedingNYC Has Fed 100,000 Families Since 2001 For Thanksgiving

FeedingNYC, a non-profit organization, provides hundreds of meals to shelters that include migrant families.

 | Axel Turcios

A mule deer grazes along a road along Chatfield Reservior late Sunday, Oct. 9, 2022, in Littleton, Colo.

Hunters In New Jersey Help Feed The Hungry This Holiday Season

Over the last decade and a half, Hunters Helping the Hungry has delivered 2.2 million quarter-pound servings of fresh venison to families.

 | Sam Eaton

Cat being held.

Cats Know Your Voice And Can Tell When You're Talking To Them

Research just proved what a lot of cat owners already know —they're not as aloof as people think they are.

 | Simplemost and Bridget Sharkey

Former President Barack Obama

Obama To Announce Expansion Of Young Leaders Program To U.S.

The Obama Foundation Leaders United States program is a six-month leadership development program for emerging leaders between the ages of 24 and 45.

 | AP

Scrabble games on a store shelf

Here’s The Sitch: Scrabble Dictionary Adds Hundreds Of New Words

'The Official Scrabble Players Dictionary' was last updated in 2018 through a longstanding partnership between Hasbro and Merriam-Webster.

 | AP

Cuddler volunteer holding a NICU baby

Chicago Hospital Offers Cuddlers To Help NICU Babies

An infant ICU in Chicago has resumed its cuddling program after pausing it at the height of the COVID-19 pandemic.

 | Meg Hilling

Shetland pony Pumuckel stands between the hooves of gelding Ron-Sheer.

20-Inch-Tall Shetland Pony Set To Become The World's Smallest Horse

Pumuckel the pony works as a therapy horse with seniors and is 2 inches shorter than the current record-holder.

 | Tricia Goss

Woman purchases a scratch-off lottery ticket.

$100K Lottery Winner Won Another $300K The Same Day

A 70-year-old Delaware woman said she used some of the winnings from one lottery ticket to buy another for an even bigger win.

 | Kathleen St. John

Dog in a wheelchair.

WFTS: Retired Deputy Supplying Wheelchairs For Animals In Need

John Cox says providing wheelchairs for disabled animals was life-changing not just for them — but for himself.

 | Robert Boyd and WFTS

14 year-old Thomas Aldous

Teen Wins Top Prize For Building Remote-Controlled Robotic Hand

It took six months for 14-year-old Thomas Aldous to design and build the hand as an eighth-grade student.

 | Scott Withers

Chimps play outside.

'Retirement' Home Helps Chimpanzees Thrive After Medical Research

Chimp Haven has housed and helped hundreds of apes that are no longer needed in medical research.

 | Tammy Estwick

The headquarters of Girl Scouts of New Mexico Trails in Albuquerque, New Mexico

Mackenzie Scott Donates $85M To Girl Scouts

CEO Sofia Chang says it's the largest donation the Girl Scouts have received from an individual since their founding in 1912.

 | AP and Scripps News Staff

A person walks by the headquarters of the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation.

Gates Foundation Pledges $1.2B To Eradicate Polio Globally

The money also will be used to stop outbreaks of new variants of the virus.

 | AP

Fat Bear Week.

Fat Bear Week 2022: Alaska's Best Week Of The Year Is Underway

Fat Bear Week ends on Tuesday, so you still have plenty of time to choose the winner.

 | Daniel Feingold

A green turtle swims in waters of Ribbon Reef.

The Great Barrier Reef Has Highest Growth Of Coral In Nearly 40 Years

Unfortunately, the Great Barrier Reef is still vulnerable, as in the southern region it decreased from 38% to 34%.

 | Lea Herring

A woman looks through books.

Book Truck Is Helping Combat Negative Stereotypes

Black Wordschoolers is a bookmobile filled with stories from Black authors. It's helping students learn to repel stereotypes and raise literacy rates.

 | Amber Strong

Elaina Guerra, family members and volunteers pose with a bed frame for a child in need.

KSHB: Girl Uses Make-A-Wish To Build 300 Beds For Other Children

Fifteen nonprofits across the Kansas City area are included in 8-year-old Elaina Guerra's wish to help children who need beds.

 | JuYeon Kim and KSHB

Cancer cells.

Cancer Treatment Trial Hailed As 'Breakthrough'

The study explains none of the patients received chemoradiotherapy or underwent surgery and "no cases of progression or recurrence had been reported."

 | Scripps News Staff