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News Briefs: Supreme Court rulings; Terrorist attack on Russian churches & synagogues

Today’s news briefs include a terrorist attack on Russian churches and synagogues; Major Supreme Court rulings expected; Teamsters head to speak at GOP Convention; Foreer 21 struggles.

Terrorists attack churches and synagogues in Russia

Muslim gunmen on Sunday killed 19 police officers and four civilians in an attack on churches and synagogues in Russia. A priest was among those dead in what appears to be a coordinated attack. Sergey Melikov, head of the Dagestan Republic, said at least six “militants” were also killed. Russian law enforcement agencies told state-run news agency TASS on Sunday that the gunmen in Dagestan were “adherents of an international terrorist organization.” which come three months after ISIS affiliate ISIS-K said it carried out an assault at the Crocus City Hall in Moscow that claimed more than 140 lives. The death toll in Sunday’s attack is expected to climb.

Supreme Court rulings this week

The U.S. Supreme Court is expected to release significant rulings this week, including if former President Trump is immune from prosecution for actions taken while president, social media laws, obstruction charges related to the Jan. 6, 2021, U.S. Capitol breach, and the power of federal agencies. The high court typically releases decisions for a term by the end of June. The justices have yet to release 14 cases for the term, which started in October 2023. The court’s most high-profile case is that of Trump and immunity and could impact Presidents Obama and Bush as well as future presidents.

Teamsters President to speak at GOP Convention

Teamsters President Sean O’Brien will speak to the July Republican National Convention in Milwaukee. O’Brien made the request personally and is expected to highlight the plight of American manufacturing and wage stagnation which has sharply increased since the 2020 election. He also requested to speak at the August Democrat Convention in Chicago but, according to Teamsters union spokesperson Kara Deniz, party leaders have not said if they’ll allow it. Donald Trump applauded O’Brien’s request saying, “Sean, I look forward to seeing you represent the Teamsters in Milwaukee. Together we can Make America Great Again.”

Forever 21 struggles to pay rent

Forever 21 is trying to shore up profitability, “asking landlords for a break on rent as the legacy fast-fashion player’s sales decline and it struggles to keep up with savvier competitors,” CNBC reports. The retailer, which has more than 380 stores in the U.S., has asked some landlords to cut its rent by as much as 50%, people familiar with the matter told CNBC.  The retailer’s struggles come after it filed for bankruptcy protection in 2019 and was later bought by a consortium. Before bankruptcy, the retailer had 900 stores.

–Dwight Widaman and wire services

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