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In Defense Of 2016

Because even a year like this one can't be all bad.
Posted at 5:00 PM, Dec 29, 2016

A lot of awful things happened in 2016.

But it wasn't all bad news. Some really great things happened this year. 

Giant pandas got taken off the endangered species list after more than 25 years.

SeaWorld stopped breeding killer whales in captivity. 

Remember when Simone Biles crushed it at the Olympics?

How about when women broke a bunch of glass ceilings during the election? 

The number of women of color in the Senate quadrupledKate Brown became the first openly LGBTQ governor in the U.S. And Kellyanne Conway became the first woman to run a successful U.S. presidential campaign.

And don't forget the time America's first black president and the daughter of a man born a slave opened the long-awaited National Museum of African American History and Culture.

We found out life expectancy in Africa has increased by 9.4 years since 2000.

And SpaceX, NASA and President Obama really want to get humans on Mars by the 2030s

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