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Photo by Kevork Djansezian/Getty Images(NEW YORK) — Honda said on Monday that it had vastly underreported claims involving accidents that resulted in injuries or deaths between 2003 and 2014.

In a news release regarding a third-party audit of the company’s early warning reports provided to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, Honda said that it had alerted the NHTSA to the concern, prior to providing “responsive information” on Monday.

The audit found a total of 1,729 claims that Honda failed to report to NHTSA. The company blamed these failures on data entry errors, coding errors and narrow regulatory interpretation.

Vehicle manufacturers are required to report an array of information each quarter to ensure that the NHTSA is aware of any claims that could signal a potential safety defect. Included in that information is any claim involving an injury or death.

Honda says that it often did not enter a date into a field in its own database requesting “written claim received.” By not including that date, the system failed to “distinguish reportable written claims and notices from non-reportable oral claims for relief. The company also said that the computer program it used to generate early warning reports was not properly set up and that it had used an “overly narrow interpretation of what constituted a ‘written notice,'” resulting in a failure to report certain claims.

Honda says it will correct the setup of its computer program, ensure the inclusion of all claims involving injury or death in future early warning reports and improve training and oversight, in addition to other actions, in an effort to prevent such failures in the future.

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areeya_ann/iStockphoto/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) — A new study says that the vitamin D supplements many Americans take at a doctor’s recommendation may not be quite as beneficial as they believe.

According to a study conducted by the United States Preventive Services Task Force and published in the journal Annals of Internal Medicine, there is insufficient evidence to determine whether screening for vitamin D deficiency in adults not showing symptoms of a deficiency is more beneficial or harmful.

Vitamin D can be found in in certain foods, and can also be obtained by the conversion of ultraviolet rays from the skin that come in contact with bare skin. Previous studies have shown that low levels of vitamin D may be linked with increased risk of diabetes, cancer and heart disease.

Patients with kidney disease or bone disease, as well as elderly patients, should still take vitamin D supplements if instructed to do so by their doctor, the study said. However, researchers believe that many people may not stand to benefit from vitamin D supplements not recommended by a physician.

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Photo Credit: John P. Johnson/© 2014 WARNER BROS. ENTERTAINMENT INC.(NEW YORK) — There are three Oscar winners in the cast of Horrible Bosses 2: Jamie Foxx, Kevin Spacey, and Christoph Waltz. There’s also Chris Pine, the current face of the billion-dollar Star Trek sci-fi franchise, and Jennifer Aniston, hot off last year’s comedy hit, We’re the Millers. I haven’t even mentioned the three stars — Jason Bateman, Jason Sudeikis and Charlie Day — all of whom bring their impressive bona fides to the table.

It takes every bit of this star power to overcome Horrible Bosses 2‘s many shortcomings.

After the surprising success of 2011’s Horrible Bosses, Nick (Bateman), Kurt (Sudeikis) and Dale (Day) are now taking their destinies into their own hands by becoming entrepreneurs. They’ve invented something called a Shower Buddy, a shower head that dispenses not only water, but also soap and shampoo.

We’re reintroduced to the fellas when they go on a local TV morning show to discuss the product in hopes of attracting an investor. It’s the strongest, funniest sequence in the whole movie — which is unfortunate, given that the majority of the film is yet to come.

Despite an embarrassing visual during a demo of how the shower head works, and the inexplicably racist name of their company, they attract an investor, a multi-billion-dollar company run by Bert Hanson (Waltz), who tells the guys he’ll distribute their product if they get loan, open a factory and produce half-a-million Shower Buddies. But once they do, Bert reneges on the deal, leaving the guys in a very deep hole.

Nick, Kurt and Dale hatch a plan to get their money back by kidnapping Bert’s obnoxious, cocky son, Rex, played by Chris Pine. However, our heroes find every way possible to screw up their plan, to the point Rex actually forces them to kidnap him. It sounds funnier than it actually is.

If you’re easily offended, you have no business seeing Horrible Bosses 2 because you will find some of it nauseatingly offensive. If, however, you believe nothing is sacred when it comes to comedy, then Horrible Bosses 2 will provide you a few laugh-out-loud moments, but not enough of them to justify the price of theater admission. Wait until you can stream it at home.

Two-and-a-half out of five stars.

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Brown Family / Facebook(FERGUSON, Mo.) — The family of Michael Brown, the black teen who was shot to death by a white police officer in Ferguson, Missouri, in August, was “heartbroken” after a grand jury declined to bring charges, the family’s attorney told ABC News.

Attorney Benjamin Crump said he broke the news to Brown’s mother, Lesley McSpadden.

“She was overwhelmed with emotion and heartbroken that the system did not work equally for her child,” Crump said.

Brown, 18, was unarmed at the time of the shooting by officer Darren Wilson.

“We keep seeing our children killed by the people who are supposed to protect and serve them, and there are no consequences when they’re killed,” Crump said.

Crump criticized the legal system, saying that changes need to be made.

“The system needs to be indicted,” Crump said. “The souls of thousands of young African-Americans cry from the grave that we have to change this system. It’s imperative we have to make positive change or this will play out over and over again.”

The Aug. 9 shooting has drawn national attention to the St. Louis suburb, sparking months of protests in the city.

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Photo by Scott Olson/Getty Images(CANTON, Texas) — A woman who had pleaded guilty to negligent homicide in 2004 in a car crash that killed her fiancé was declared innocent on Monday after a district judge determined that the crash was caused by a faulty ignition switch in the car — the same faulty ignition switch that led millions of General Motors vehicles to be recalled.

An attorney for the woman, Candice Anderson, said in a statement on Monday that “GM knew this defect caused this death yet, instead of telling the truth, watched silently as Candice was found guilty of involuntary manslaughter.” The attorney says that the judge granted a Writ of Habeas Corpus, “and in doing so declared Candice Anderson actually innocent of the death of her fiancé.”

Hilliard urged GM to “double its efforts to find all victims of this defect.” Instead of Anderson, he said that “now, it’s time for the true criminal, GM, to have its conduct evaluated by district attorneys around the country so the world knows that billion dollar corporations and those that make the decisions inside those corporations can also go to jail and be subject to the criminal justice system.”

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Hemera/Getty Images(NEW YORK) — NFL Week 12: Buffalo Bills 38 (6-5) – New York Jets 3 (2-9)

NBA: Los Angeles Clippers 113 (8-5) – Charlotte Hornets 92 (4-11)

Cleveland Cavaliers 106 (6-7) – Orlando Magic 74 (6-10)

Portland Trail Blazers 114 (11-3) – Philadelphia 76ers 104 (0-14)

Toronto Raptors 104 (12-2) – Phoenix Suns 100 (9-6)

Houston Rockets 91 (11-3) – New York Knicks 86 (4-11)

Indiana Pacers 111 (6-8) – Dallas Mavericks 100 (10-5)

NHL: Pittsburgh Penguins 3 (14-4-2; 30pts) – Boston Bruins 2 (13-9-1; 27pts) OT

New York Islanders 1 (15-6-0; 30pts) – Philadelphia Flyers 0 (8-9-3; 19pts) SO

Detroit Red Wings 4 (11-5-5; 27pts) – Ottawa Senators 3 (9-7-4; 22pts)

Minnesota Wild 4 (12-8-0; 24pts) – Florida Panthers 1 (7-6-6; 20pts)

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Lisa Rose/NBC(LOS ANGELES) — At just 20 years old, Justin Bieber is officially the highest-paid celebrity under 30 years old.

According to Forbes, the singer made $80 million over a 12-month period, putting him at the top of the publication’s list of The Highest-Earning Celebrities Under 30.

Following Bieber is One Direction, which made $75 million, and 24-year-old Taylor Swift, who brought in $64 million.

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The Brown Family / Facebook(ST. LOUIS) — Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon pleaded for calm Monday evening, just hours ahead of a grand jury’s decision whether to indict a Ferguson police officer in the death of unarmed teenager Michael Brown.

Nixon made a brief statement as the region waited tensely for the grand jury’s ruling on Officer Darren Wilson, who shot and killed Brown on Aug. 9. Earlier in the evening officials said the panel had concluded its deliberations.

The decision is expected to be announced at 9 p.m. ET.

“Our shared hope and expectation is that regardless of the decision, people on all sides show tolerance, mutual respect and restraint,” the governor said.

Nixon said he was in Ferguson earlier Monday. “It is understandable that, like the rest of us, they are on edge waiting for a decision.”

He said authorities were making sure the “best and most experienced officers” would be on the street Monday night.

“The Grand Jury hearing the Michael Brown/Darren Wilson investigation has reached a decision and it will be announced later today,” the office of the prosecuting attorney for St. Louis County said on Monday.

The panel must decide whether to indict Police Officer Darren Wilson for the shooting death of Brown on Aug. 9.

The grand jury has been working on the case since Aug. 20 — less than two weeks after the shooting — meeting at least once every week.

The question that the jurors had to answer was whether or not there was probable cause to believe that Wilson committed a crime when he shot Brown.

They could consider charges ranging from involuntary manslaughter up to first-degree murder, the state prosecutor’s office previously reported. The jury was also informed of the state statutes towards self-defense and the use of force by law enforcement officers.

Authorities have been preparing for the decision for days amid fear that the protests could turn violent, as some did in August following Brown’s death.

The Ferguson-Florissant School District canceled afterschool activities on Monday because of news reports that the grand jury has reached a decision, and canceled classes for Tuesday. Schools are closed for the rest of the week because of the Thanksgiving holiday.

The FBI sent about 100 agents to the St. Louis area to help deal with any problems that could arise from the grand jury decision. They also released a memo earlier last week warning that extremists “will likely” try to infiltrate the demonstrations not only in Ferguson, but elsewhere around the country, and may use the verdict as an excuse to hack public utilities and other sites.

Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon had declared a state of emergency last week and called out the National Guard.

Brown’s parents have made repeated calls for peace, and President Obama reiterated that message this weekend.

“Using any event as an excuse for violence is contrary to the rule of law and contrary to who we are,” Obama said in an interview that aired Sunday.

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iStock/Thinkstock(CHICAGO) — Captured Mexican drug lord “El Chapo” remains in custody in Mexico, but one of his friends, and alleged high-ranking leaders, has been sentenced in federal court in Chicago.

Federal prosecutors believe Alfredo Vasquez-Hernandez was a high-ranking member of the infamous Mexican Sinaloa cartel, helping his boss Joaquin “El Chapo” Guzman smuggle drugs into the U.S. from Mexico.

In a plea deal, Vasquez-Hernandez admitted to smuggling 276 kilograms of cocaine into Chicago, but he denied playing a major role in the cartel. Vasquez-Hernandez has been sentenced to 22 years behind bars.

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Alex Wong/Getty Images(WASHINGTON) — President Obama on Monday honored 19 individuals with the nation’s highest civilian honor.

At the annual Medal of Freedom ceremony at the White House, the president heaped praise on the recipients, highlighting their distinguished and varied accomplishments. He also revealed some interesting anecdotes about the trailblazers:

1) Obama has a sweet spot for Stevie Wonder…

It turns out Stevie Wonder’s classic album Talking Book had a profound impact on Obama when he was growing up.

“This is, by the way, the first album I bought with my own money. I was 10 years old, maybe 11…with my own cash!” the president recounted, as the singer sat beside him. “I didn’t have a lot of it.”

“And I listened to that thing — that thing got so worn out, had all scratches — young people, you won’t remember this, but you had albums and they got scratched,” Obama added.

2) …But he loves Meryl:

“I love Meryl Streep,” the president proudly declared. “I love her. Her husband knows I love her. Michelle knows I love her. There’s nothing either of them can do about it.”

“She’s done it all for her craft. She’s sung ABBA, which you know, that’s something,” he joked. “She learned violin. She wore a nun’s habit, faced down a charging lion, mastered every accent under the sun. She inhabits her characters so fully and compassionately.”

3) Sometimes you do want “nobody, nobody sent”:

Lauding the works of dedicated public servant Abner Mikva, Obama retold a story of his dogged determination.

As a young man, Mikva went to volunteer for a local committee in Chicago. When the committeeman asked who sent him, Mikva said, “Nobody.”

“The committeeman said, ‘We don’t want nobody, nobody sent,’” Obama explained. “That’s Chicago for you.”

“Despite that abrupt dismissal, Ab went on to devote his life to public service,” Obama said, including reforming the Illinois criminal code and going to great lengths to defend freedom of speech.

4) Marlo Thomas “sleeps well”:

Singling out the award-winning actress, producer, author and social activist, the president revealed what makes Thomas succeed: She’s a giver.

He explained how her father used to say there are two types of people in the world: the takers and the givers. “The takers sometimes eat better, but the givers always sleep better,” he would say.

“Marlo Thomas sleeps very well, because she’s given so much,” Obama said.

5) And “you don’t mess with Ethel”:

“To most Americans, Ethel Kennedy is known as a wife, mother and grandma,” Obama said of Robert F. Kennedy’s widow.

“On urgent human rights issues of our time, from juvenile justice to environment destruction, Ethel has been a force for change in her quiet, unflashy unstoppable way. As her family will tell you — and they basically occupy this half of the room — you don’t mess with Ethel,” he said.

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