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As the year ends, let's focus on the good it brought.
Yes, we know, the world's got its share of downers, but there's also a whole lot of sunshine peeking through those cloudy headlines.
Having weathered this 12-month marathon, let's bid 2023 a grand farewell by highlighting all the good it brought. So, to kick off 2024 with some positive vibes, here are 23 headlines that brightened up 2023.
• The Biden-Harris administration granted forgiveness for more than $127 billion in student loan debt, benefiting nearly 3.6 million borrowers.
• The collaborative Prison Education college degree program by Yale and the University of New Haven produced its first graduates, with seven inmates earning associate degrees.
• The U.S. Department of Transportation allocated $110 million for projects in 17 states to protect wildlife by reducing vehicle-wildlife collisions by creating new crossings and fencings.
• The Sacramento Zoo announced the birth of a critically endangered Sumatran orangutan — the first born at the zoo since 1981.
• The United Nations said the Earth's ozone layer is on the mend and is set to patch up the Antarctic “ozone hole” by 2066, just 42 years from 2024.
• Scientists found Argoland, a continent that broke away 155 million years ago from the supercontinent in Southeast Asia.
• India became the fourth country to land a spacecraft on the moon, joining the United States, the Soviet Union and China.
• Japan uncovered over 7,000 previously unaccounted-for islands through digital mapping, revealing a total of 14,125 islands within its territory.
• Simone Biles became the most decorated gymnast in history when she won her 29th world championship medal, bringing her total to 37 medals across championships and the Olympics.
• Coco Gauff made history at the 2023 U.S. Open by becoming the youngest American to win a match since Serena Williams in 1999.
• Liam Hendriks made an emotional return to Major League Baseball after overcoming Stage 4 non-Hodgkin's lymphoma.
• Pennsylvania golf pro Braden Shattuck overcame a major car crash and later qualified for the PGA Championship.
• Female artists overwhelmingly dominated the Grammy nominations, securing the majority of spots in several key categories.
• This was a record-breaking year for concert attendance, as concert tours made a significant impact with a growing appetite for live music experiences.
• 'NSYNC made a comeback after more than two decades, treating fans to a brand-new song.
• A new adaptive device offered hope and independence to spinal cord injury patients, enabling them to overcome limitations.
• The drug donanemab demonstrated potential in slowing the progression of Alzheimer's disease, with a reported 35% reduction in cognitive decline in a phase 3 clinical trial.
• A drug that is being developed to extend the lifespan of some dogs by at least one year achieved a huge milestone as the FDA approved its effectiveness expectation.
• A new program using virtual reality immersion at a hospital in Florida is giving people with autism the skills and confidence to drive.
• The Federal Aviation Administration granted approval to two flying cars this year, opening up the skies in the U.S.
• Detroit launched the country's first road with wireless charging to encourage electric vehicle use for a cleaner future.
• Ending on a high note, Apple announced it will make texting Android users easier and might ditch those annoying green bubbles.
Ta-da! Those were some of the good moments we had this year. Now, we wish you a very happy New Year and hope you stick around in 2024 for your daily dose of news and a sprinkle of joy to make your day a bit brighter.
An elementary school bus driver helped a first-grade passenger turn his day around when the boy didn't have an outfit for Pajama Day.
When Minnesota firefighters arrived at Little Elk Lake, they said that the dog was weak and struggling in the water.
The two have teamed up to sign Kelce's No. 87 Chiefs jersey to benefit the Guelph Wish Fund for Children.
Lisa Lopez-Galvan, who was killed in the fatal shooting at the Kansas City Chiefs Super Bowl parade, will be put to rest in a Harrison Butker jersey.
Ruslana Danilkina's life changed when a bomb made her an amputee. Now, she uses her own experience to help others.
In a statement, Stanley acknowledged the sealing material used in the vacuum insulation at the base of the cups "includes some lead."