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^The small Michigan village that washed away is fighting back<
MICH-FLOODING-VILLAGE:DTN — The first three days after the flood, after picnic tables and recycling bins went floating past his house, Aaron Lindgren was so broken he couldn't talk on the phone.
"Text me," he told everyone, because that way a guy who's spent his life getting things done didn't have to try to explain the desolation of not knowing how or where to start.
Now he's good. Thursday marked six months since the Edenville Dam breached 10 miles north of Sanford and unleashed millions of gallons of chaos downstream. Earlier, this month, his sister had just repainted the living room, and Lindgren and a buddy were re-siding his house.
The bad news remains easy to spot in the Village of Sanford, home to a shade fewer than 1,000 resilient souls northwest of Midland. There are concrete slabs in the spots where 20 or 30 houses used to stand. Where Sanford Hardware reigned as the center of commerce downtown, there's a rectangle of mud.
But there's plenty of good news, too, or at least better news.
2350 by Neal Rubin in Sanford, Mich. MOVED
^Trump's leaving office. Don't expect him to leave your news feed<
TRUMP-SOCIALMEDIA:LA — When President Donald Trump exits the Oval Office on Jan. 20, don't expect him to disappear from your Twitter feed.
Trump is likely to become even less restrained on social media, putting intense pressure on Twitter and Facebook to manage his most explosive and rule-breaking claims. Under fire from Republicans for allegedly censoring conservative views and from Democrats for failing to aggressively stanch the flow of disinformation, the popular social media platforms are in a difficult spot that experts say could now get even more dicey.
1000 by Brian Contreras in Washington. MOVED
^Election disinformation fears came true for state officials<
^ELECTION-DISINFORMATION:SH—<The disinformation scenario that local election officials feared months ago has come true: President Donald Trump's false claims of voter fraud have been picked up by many state and local Republican officials across the country, and polls now show that more than two-thirds of GOP voters believe the 2020 election was neither free nor fair.
Trump's refusal to concede and his and other Republican lawmakers' relentless, unfounded allegations of widespread voter fraud threaten the integrity of American democracy, many election officials and experts warn.
1600 by Matt Vasilogambros. MOVED
^Trump's lame-duck status leaves governors to wing it on COVID-19<
^CORONAVIRUS-GOVERNORS:KHN—<Not long after the world learned that President Donald Trump had lost his reelection bid, states began issuing a new round of crackdowns and emergency declarations against the surging coronavirus.
Taking action this time were Republican governors who had resisted doing so during the spring and summer. Now they face an increasingly out-of-control virus and fading hope that help will come from a lame-duck president who seems consumed with challenging the election results.
1400 by Matt Volz. MOVED
^From a crab shack to Hyundai, China's wrath over a US missile defense system still weighs on South Korea<
SKOREA-CHINA:LA — A few years ago, Kim Kyoung-chul's once-thriving crab restaurant on a balmy island off the southern coast of South Korea unwittingly became a casualty of escalating tensions between global powers.
Hundreds of miles and a sea crossing away from his touristy street lined with bling, fashion and cardboard cutouts of K-pop stars, South Korea was installing an American missile interceptor over China's objections that it threatened its national security. The interceptor's radar, China's Foreign Minister Wang Yi said at the time in 2016, "goes far beyond the defense need of the Korean Peninsula. It will reach deep into the hinterland of Asia, which will directly damage China's strategic security interests."
Kim had little idea how deeply the geopolitical dispute would impact his small business. Beijing's harsh and swift economic retribution against South Korea — the repercussions are felt to this day — took a toll on economic matters including K-pop groups, exporters and a department store conglomerate. Chinese tourism to South Korea evaporated overnight.
Nowhere was that impact felt more keenly than on Jeju Island.
2250 by Victoria Kim in Jeju Island, South Korea. MOVED
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