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AMC Entertainment (NYSE: AMC) is nearing a restructuring deal that would let it avoid bankruptcy, per the Wall Street Journal.

Why it matters: AMC is the country's largest cinema chain, last year serving more than 250 million U.S. attendees, but its screens have been dark since the pandemic began.

  • More movies: AMC and other theater owners yesterday sued New Jersey's governor for blocking them from reopening. In Canada, Cineplex said it plans to raise C$275 million in new debt, as it continues a legal battle over its failed takeover by Cineworld.

The bottom line: "The proposed deal would require bondholders [including Apollo Global Management] to provide a $200 million senior loan and to swap their unsecured claims at a discount for new, second-lien debt, people familiar with the matter said. Private equity firm Silver Lake, which has a representative on the company's board and owns $600 million of convertible bonds, would swap for first-lien debt." — Alexander Gladstone, WSJ

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Remington Arms files for bankruptcy for second time since 2018

A Remington shotguns display in Dallas. Photo: Justin Sullivan/Getty Images

Remington Arms Company filed for bankruptcy protection on Monday despite a recent surge in gun sales amid the coronavirus pandemic and anti-racism protests, per the Wall Street Journal.

Why it matters: The 204-year-old firm is considered America's oldest gun-maker. Its Chapter 11 filing in the U.S. Bankruptcy Court in Decatur, Alabama, marks the second time since 2018 that it's filed for bankruptcy. Remington was facing a wrongful death lawsuit from families of the 2012 Sandy Hook school shooting victims. The second bankruptcy filing was prompted by a "struggle to pay legal fees and the high interest payments on its debt," the New York Times notes.

Flashback: What happened to Remington?

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NFL to end race-based testing in concussion settlements

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The National Football League (NFL) on Wednesday reached an agreement with former players to end the controversial practice of race-based adjustments in dementia testing, AP reports.

Why it matters: The deal, which must still be approved by a judge, comes amid a broader discussion of racial inequities in health care.

Parents in Michigan, Virginia sue AG over action on school board threats

U.S. Attorney General Merrick Garland during an October news conference in Mexico City. Photo: Hector Vivas/Getty Images

A group of parents in Michigan and Virginia accused Attorney General Merrick Garland in a federal lawsuit Tuesday of trying to "criminalize" free speech by directing law enforcement to review threats against school staff.

Why it matters: The lawsuit, filed by the conservative American Freedom Law Center on behalf of the parents in two school districts, accuses Garland of seeking to suppress free speech in his memorandum directing federal authorities to counter the threats spike.

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