US announcing new NKorea sanctions after terror designation

North Korea on Monday joined Iran, Sudan and Syria on the terror blacklist, a largely symbolic step as the administration already has the authority to impose virtually any sanctions it wants on Kim Jong Un’s government over its nuclear weapons development.

Syria’s Assad travels to Russia, meets with Putin

Russian state TV is reporting that Russian President Vladimir Putin has met with Syrian President Bashar Assad in Sochi. It was the second time Assad has traveled to Russia to meet with Putin in the course of the country’s six-year civil war.

Michigan vote on legalizing marijuana is likely in 2018

Organizers of a ballot drive to legalize the use of marijuana for recreational purposes in Michigan submitted 365,000 signatures to the state Monday, which appears to be more than enough to qualify the initiative for a statewide vote in 2018.

Woman hurt by Takata air bag urges owners to get cars fixed

Stephanie Erdman, an Air Force officer, nearly lost her right eye when the inflator in her 2002 Civic exploded into pieces in the crash. She is appearing in Facebook videos that will be targeted starting Monday to Honda owners who have yet to get free repairs under the massive Takata recalls.

Women dominate American Music Awards, but not as nominees

In categories like artist of the year and favorite pop/rock album, where men and women compete, no female acts were in contention. Only six female artists or groups that include women won in the more than two dozen fan voted awards handed out Sunday night. However, the legendary Diana Ross was given a lifetime achievement award, which former President Barack Obama rightfully noted was an overdue honor.

White House open to striking health provision from tax bill

Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin said the mandate amounts to “an unfair tax on poor people.”
“The president thinks we should get rid of it. I think we should get rid of it,” he said, but added: “We’re going to work with the Senate as we go through this.”