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June 15, 2020 GMT

IN THE NEWS: TECH ISSUES FOIL GA. VOTE TALLY

UNDATED (AP) — It appears technical issues were at the root of problems with thousands of votes cast in last week’s Georgia primary. Election officials and voting activists say faulty software and poorly calibrated vote-counting scanners caused many votes not to be counted. Officials say the issue was identified in at least four counties. One computer scientist says finding it in multiple areas of the state indicates the problems were widespread.

IN THE NEWS: COSMETICS CO. CEO APOLOGIZES

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Once again, a video of a white person confronting a person of color is making news. This time, the CEO of a cosmetics company has apologized for a video in which she and her husband confronted a man and threatened to call the police because the man was stenciling “Black Lives Matter” on a retaining wall outside his home in San Francisco. Lisa Alexander says “there are not enough words” to say how sorry she is. The taped confrontation — widely shared online — has prompted cosmetics distributor Birchbox to cut ties with Alexander’s LaFace Skincare.

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ON THE WEB: AMAZON REVIEWED IN TWO STATES

CYBERSPACE (AP) — State officials in California and Washington are taking a close look at the way Amazon is doing business. The Wall Street Journal says California is examining how Amazon treats independent sellers — and The New York Times says Washington state is reviewing Amazon’s handling of third-party sellers on its site. Both inquiries are aimed at finding out whether the retail giant is violating any antitrust laws.

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by Oscar Wells Gabriel II

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