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new study says rural residents in the Northeast spend more of their income on energy than almost anywhere else in the country.

A cup of coffee.
Julius Schorzman / Creative Commons

A Japanese company is developing a novel way to connect college students to corporate recruiters: offer free coffee at its cafes in exchange for giving up some personal information.

Fresh produce at Pike Place Market in Seattle, Washington.
Eric Hunt / Creative Commons

Update on July 20, 2018: A temporary solution will allow food stamp recipients to keep using SNAP benefits at farmers markets and food stands through the end of August. The funding comes from the National Association of Farmers Market Nutrition Programs. Our original reporting is below.

Now that summer is in full swing and farmers markets are abundant with fresh, local produce, the technology that enables people to use food stamps to buy that food faces a major snag. 

New police officers from western Massachusetts salute during a graduation ceremony at the Police Training Academy at Springfield Technical Community College in 2010.
Mark M. Murray / The Republican / masslive.com/photos

Massachusetts lawmakers have approved a $2 surcharge on car rentals to fund training for police officers in cities and towns across the state. 

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The European Commission has fined Google $5 billion for violating the European Union's antitrust rules — specifically, by forcing manufacturers of Android phones to install the Google search app and the Chrome Web browser.

"Google has used Android as a vehicle to cement the dominance of its search engine," Commissioner Margrethe Vestager said in a statement. "These practices have denied rivals the chance to innovate and compete on the merits."

Haiti's Prime Minister Jack Guy Lafontant resigned Saturday after days of riots sparked by a plan to raise prices on fuel.

Haitian President President Jovenel Moïse said on Twitter that he had accepted Lafontant's resignation as well as members of his cabinet. Moïse said he would work to choose a new prime minister.

Marijuana in a bloom room at the INSA marijuana dispensary in Easthampton, Massachusetts.
Jerrey Roberts / Daily Hampshire Gazette / gazettenet.com

This episode, we focus on a single plant. Weed, cannabis, marijuana, pot --  whatever you call it, Massachusetts is on a slow march to full legalization.

Pipes for a sale at a Dead & Company show in 2018 in Connecticut.
Karen Brown / New England Public Radio

A new survey of Massachusetts residents found more than a fifth of adults said they'd used marijuana in the past 30 days. The study was commissioned by the Massachusetts legislature, to help gauge the eventual impact of marijuana legalization in the state. 

A PVTA bus.
MARK M. MURRAY / The Republican/ Masslive.com / photos

Fare increases just went into effect at the Pioneer Valley Transit Authority. They include a significant increase for some people with disabilities.

A PVTA bus.
MARK M. MURRAY / THE REPUBLICAN / MASSLIVE.COM/PHOTOS

Pioneer Valley Transit Authority riders face a fare increase of 20 percent in less than two weeks. The bus company has been working to make sure its customers are aware it.

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