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Storms devastated the Midwest this week, but there were still some reasons to be cheerful

Published May 29, 2011 7:36PM (EDT)

The tragedy in Joplin, Missouri dampened our spirits this week, but there was still some news worth smiling about:

  • The London Zoo has a new tourist draw in the form of some unlikely animals -- a pack of penguins with their own personal pool. (Reuters)

  • Princess Beatrice's iconic (if bizarre) Royal Wedding hat has been was auctioned off for $131,000 on Monday. All proceeds will go to UNICEF and Children in Crisis. (Reuters)
  • Kitten hugs -- too adorable to completely process. (Buzzfeed)

  • Paula and Alan Sprecher, a legally blind couple from Chicago, chose to adopt two children with similar vision impairment in order to help them overcome the same hardships they faced when growing up. (Huffington Post)
  • On Friday, the Food and Drug Administration gave the green light to a drug called Dificid -- the new medicine in a quarter century to treat a particularly harmful form of hospital-acquired infection. (NYTimes)
  • Chicago Bears rookie J.T. Thomas accompanied a 14-year-old, wheelchair bound girl to her school dance when she had trouble finding a date. (Fox Sports)
  • A baby who developed outside his mother's womb beat the odds and was born this week. (NBC News)
  • Even with gas prices near historic highs, consumer confidence unexpectedly rose in May, as spending and income inched upward. (Business Week)
  • A week after storms devastated Joplin, MO, military veterans are helping the twister-savaged community rebuild. (NBC News)

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