Chevy Volt: Though demeaned and maligned by some, the electric car scores the highest satisfaction among owners for the second consecutive year, according to a Consumer Reports survey. This year, the Volt barely beat out the Chevy Corvette and Porsche 911.
Carnegie Mellon: The Pittsburgh university wins a $1.17 billion judgment from a tech firm that infringed on the university’s technology patent.
Colts, QBs: Indianapolis fans were torn by the Colts’ decision to let go of Peyton Manning and hand their fortunes over to Andrew Luck, but it paid off for all involved. Both Luck and Manning have recorded stellar seasons, and both the Colts and Manning’s Broncos are in the playoffs. (But only Manning made the Pro Bowl.)
McDonald’s: The fast food giant draws both praise and criticism for opening some restaurants on Christmas Day. But where were the McTurkey and the McYams?
Indianapolis: Still reeling from a natural gas explosion that killed two people, leveled five homes and heavily damaged dozens more, the city takes some solace in the arrest of three people accused of arranging the explosion. But the alleged reasons and actions of the suspects are jaw-dropping.
NRA: Association CEO Wayne LaPierre blames everything but guns for the 26 people shot to death at Sandy Hook Elementary School, saying the only solution is more guns in schools. Among the culprits, according to LaPierre? A 19-year-old movie.
Purdue University: Ranks second in nation for hate crimes on college campuses in 2011, according to FBI stats.
Netflix: Problems with Amazon’s data center in Virginia shut down the popular video site for much of Christmas Eve.
Michael Crapo: The Republican senator from Idaho who had told constituents he doesn’t drink because of his Mormon religion is charged with DUI after testing 0.11.
Jack Klugman: After several notable movie appearances, the veteran actor became one of few known for two very different but well-remembered TV roles – Oscar Madison in The Odd Couple (1970-75) and Quincy M.E. (1976-83). He died at 90.
College Football Hall of Fame: Sunday is the last day the museum, which opened in 1995, will be open to the public in South Bend. The museum is moving to Atlanta and is expected to reopen in 2014.
Newsweek: The venerable news magazine prints its last issue, about seven weeks shy of its 80th birthday. The news organization will continue in digital form as part of The Daily Beast website.