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Ringling Bros Circus to end its 146-year run

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The Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus is folding up its tent, ending nearly a century and a half of performing the Greatest Show on Earth. A combination of declining attendance, increasing operating costs, along with changing public tastes and prolonged battles with animal rights groups caused the downfall of the American icon. Circus employees were told Saturday night after shows in Orlando and Miami. “After much evaluation and deliberation, my family and I have made the difficult business…

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