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Robert Kraft to discuss tensions with Bill Belichick, Tom Brady after season

Robert Kraft to discuss tensions with Bill Belichick, Tom Brady after season

Sports
The three men most responsible for turning the New England Patriots into a perennial power will wait until after the season to settle any differences, according to a report Saturday. Patriots owner Robert Kraft will sit down with head coach Bill Belichick and quarterback Tom Brady to "clear the air" of any lingering tensions, Ian Rapoport of the NFL Network reported. Reigning Super Bowl champion New England was set to host the Tennessee Titans on Saturday night in an AFC divisional round playoff game. The report comes a week after the Patriots denied there was friction among the trio, which reportedly stemmed from a dispute over the trade of backup quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo to San Francisco earlier this season. According to ESPN, which cited unnamed sources, Belichick was furious and dem...
Legendary investor Bill Miller: Market could be headed for a 'melt-up' of 30%

Legendary investor Bill Miller: Market could be headed for a 'melt-up' of 30%

Finance
Worried about higher interest rates putting a dent on the stock market's rip-roaring rally? Fear not, a rise in rates will actually help stocks, according to legendary investor Bill Miller."Those 10-year yields go through 2.6 percent and head towards 3 percent, I think we could have the kind of melt-up we had in 2013, where we had the market go up 30 percent," Miller, the founder of Miller Value Partners, told CNBC's "Closing Bell" on Tuesday. "If we can get the 10-year towards that 3 percent level, you'll see the same thing.""In 2013, people finally began to lose money in bonds. They took money out of bond funds and put it into equity funds," Miller said.Miller is considered one of the best investors ever, after beating the market for 15 years in a row while working at Legg Mason. Stocks...
Tax bill provisions may help parents defray this massive cost

Tax bill provisions may help parents defray this massive cost

Finance
A few breaks in the tax overhaul may soften the blow of sky-high child care expenses.The Tax Cuts and Jobs Act, the GOP's overhaul of the tax code, includes an enhancement of the child tax credit, doubling it to $ 2,000 per qualifying child.Lawmakers also expanded the availability of the child tax credit to higher-income earners: This break will begin to phase out for taxpayers who are married and filing jointly with adjusted gross income of $ 400,000 ($ 200,000 for singles). Under current law, the child tax credit begins to phase out at $ 110,000 for joint filers who are married and $ 75,000 for singles.Further, lawmakers have kept the child and dependent care credit, which can be worth up to $ 1,050 for one child under age 13 or $ 2,100 for two kids under 13.Finally, the bill leaves int...
Republican tax bill: House passes plan to Senate for final vote

Republican tax bill: House passes plan to Senate for final vote

Business
The Republican-controlled Congress is expected to confirm the most sweeping overhaul of the US tax system in more than three decades.The House of Representatives approved the legislation comfortably on Tuesday, but the vote is likely to be closer in the Senate.The bill looks set to mark the party's first major legislative triumph under President Donald Trump.Critics say the package is a deficit-bloating giveaway to the super-rich.But Republicans argue the tax cuts for corporations, small businesses and individuals will bolster economic growth.Tuesday saw 12 Republicans and all Democratic members of the House oppose the bill, which passed by 227 votes to 203, to loud cheers and applause from Republicans in the chamber.Speaker Paul Ryan said: "Today we are giving the people of this country t...
Famous birthdays for Dec. 17: Bill Pullman, Sarah Paulson

Famous birthdays for Dec. 17: Bill Pullman, Sarah Paulson

Entertainment
Dec. 17 (UPI) -- Those born on this date are under the sign of Sagittarius.They include:-- American Revolutionary War soldier Deborah Sampson, who fought as a man under the alias Robert Shurtlieff, in 1760-- English writer Ford Madox Ford in 1873-- Ice cream businessman Burt Baskin in 1913-- Pope Francis, born Jorge Mario Bergoglio, in 1936 (age 81)-- British singer/actor Tommy Steele, also in 1936 (age 81)-- Blues musician Paul Butterfield in 1942-- Political commentator Chris Matthews in 1945 (age 72)-- Actor Ernie Hudson in 1945 (age 72)-- Comedian Eugene Levy in 1946 (age 71) File Photo by Jim Ruymen/UPI -- British rock singer Paul Rodgers in 1949 (age 68)-- Actor Bill Pullman in 1953 (age 64)-- Actor Barry Livingston in 1953 (age 64)-- Actor Laurie Holden in 1969 (age 4...