Marriott Copley Place project flouted pay law

An $18 million renovation of the hotel that paid illegally low wages to men from a Philadelphia church was rife with violations of tax and labor laws, according to a state investigation.

Michelle Obama spoke with an aide Monday as she toured the Democratic National Convention stage in Charlotte.

Democrats prepare for national stage of convention

Thousands of festive Democrats converged on North Carolina and prepared to kick off a convention that will focus heavily on protecting the middle class.

Governor Patrick will address the convention at 9 p.m., just prior to the keynote speaker, Julián Castro, the mayor of San Antonio, and the first lady, Michelle Obama.

In speech tonight, Patrick may make mark for 2016

At the Democratic National Convention, many in the party will be assessing Governor Patrick — and other speakers— as a potential presidential candidate in 2016.

// Points for both sides in who-built-it debate

For months, Senator Brown and Elizabeth Warren have argued over the role government plays in helping businesses thrive, but the answer is more complex than partisans might acknowledge.

Octavie Nguimbi, Carine Ivinga, and Bimala Gurung attended a Lowell sewing class.

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Sewing nonprofit teaches refugees self-sufficiency

The Stitching Studio in Lowell is a two-year-old program that teaches professional sewing skills to legal refugees and immigrants.

Dave Maxfield (third from left) of Hardwick, Mass., panned for gold with family and friends in the Wild Ammonoosuc River in Bath, N.H., in July. Amateur prospectors visit mountain streams in Maine, Vermont, and New Hampshire to try their luck.

Not much gold in region, but plenty of prospectors

A growing number of amateur prospectors are flocking to the Northeast’s rivers and other remote spots across the country hoping to find gold.

MassMutual accused of holding dividends

Massachusetts Mutual Life Insurance Co. is fighting several lawsuits accusing the insurer of shorting policyholders on dividends and preventing many of them from voting for directors.

The TV spot, titled “Invisible Game,” projects an image of Brady spinning football magic.

UGG hoping Tom Brady draws men to market

The Patriots quarterback is set to appear Tuesday in a new ad campaign for footwear and fashion company UGG Australia, famous for its ubiquitous sheepskin boots.

David Shortt, owner of Wee Packet in Dennis Port, said he expects the busy summer at his restaurant to continue a few weeks more.

Sunny summer on the Cape for businesses

Cape Cod business owners said balmy temperatures and clear skies had driven soaring summer sales, both during the holiday weekend and throughout the summer.


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Rory McIlroy became the toast of the town — and had just the cup to prove it — after winning the Deutsche Bank Championship by one stroke.

Rory McIlroy captures Deutsche Bank title

McIlroy validated his current standing in the golf world, shooting a final-round 67 and winning a star-studded Deutsche Bank Championship in comeback fashion.


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Bankia will get $5.7 billion, but Spain says other lenders will not require all of the aid offered by euro partners.

Spain says banks don’t need full aid allotment

Spain’s ailing banks will probably not need to tap all the $125.7 billion that’s been made available by the country’s euro partners, economy minister Luis de Guindos said.


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N.H. music teacher, 66, takes on piano solo competitions

Concord pianist and teacher Catharine Dornin was a finalist in the solo piano division of the 2012 American Prize national music competition.