Capt. William Swenson: Afghanistan veteran is the first Army officer to receive Medal of Honor since Vietnam. His recognition for heroism in the 2009 Battle of Ganjgal was delayed by bureaucracy and mistakes by his superiors.
Statue of Liberty visitors: New York State pays National Park Service tab of $61,000 a day so the iconic monument can reopen in spite of federal government shutdown. The closing had put hundreds of workers in related jobs out of work.
Condoleezza Rice: Former U.S. secretary of State is named to 13-member College Football Playoff selection committee, gracefully warding off criticism that she shouldn’t serve because she’s a woman.
Elle: Popular women’s magazine replaces its usual stick-thin cover celebrity with plus-size actress Melissa McCarthy, but wraps her in a loose coat that obscures her curves.
Scott Walker: Wisconsin governor used phantom job transfers to give five favored employees double-digit raises, including a 14 percent pay hike to an economist whose work on jobs statistics improved Walker’s recall standing.
Fast food: University of Illinois study finds that U.S. taxpayers spend $7 billion a year to supplement the wages of fast-food employees with food stamps, Medicaid and more, while fast food companies rack up billions in profits.
Jim Irsay: Colts owner forced to backpedal after he complains that his team won just one Super Bowl title under Peyton Manning.
Peregrine falcons: Indiana removes raptor from the endangered species list after a 20-year effort to restore population devastated by habitat loss and pesticide use.
Oscar Hijuelos: Author of best-selling 1989 novel The Mambo Kings Play Songs of Love, about the Cuban musicians in mid-century New York, and the first novelist with roots in Latin America to be awarded the Pulitzer Prize, collapsed while playing tennis and died. He was 62.
Hoosier Heartland Highway: Last stretch of upgraded Fort Wayne to Lafayette link opens. The improved Indiana 25 connects to U.S. 24 for long-awaited four-lane access.
Casey Cox: Fort Wayne attorney is sworn in as Indiana House District 85 representative, elected in GOP caucus to replace the late Phyllis Pond.