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Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Ringmaster Kristen Michelle Wilson performs Saturday, in Orlando, Fla.

After 146 Years, Ringling Bros. And Barnum & Bailey Circus To Shut Down

After its nearly century and a half run, Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus plans to shut down "The Greatest Show On Earth" forever.

The historic American spectacle will conclude with its final show in May, says Kenneth Feld, the chairman and CEO of Feld Entertainment, the producer of Ringling.

Feld announced the news on the company website Saturday night, citing declining ticket sales — which dipped even lower as the company retired its touring elephants.

Groups Protest Trump's Immigration Positions Across The Country

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DOJ Releases Chicago Police Department Report, Updates On Philadelphia

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Barbershop: Trump's Tweets, Press Conference And Obama's Farewell

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Iconic South African Vineyards Damaged By Wildfires

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Leader Of Chicago Fraternal Order Of Police Responds To Justice Report

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Jennifer Holliday at NPR headquarters in Washington, D.C., in 2013.

Jennifer Holliday Won't Be Performing At Trump Inauguration Event After All

Just one day after Jennifer Holliday told the media she planned to sing at a welcome concert for President-elect Donald Trump, the Tony Award-winning singer says she has reconsidered. Holliday will not be performing at the inauguration-related event.

She announced the turnabout in a letter provided to The Wrap. She wrote, in part:

In this handout provided by the NASA, SpaceX's Falcon 9 rocket sits on the launching pad with the JCSAT-14 communications satellite in May 2016.

WATCH: SpaceX Successfully Launches Falcon 9 Rocket, Months After Blast

Just months after a launch pad explosion thwarted its last attempt, SpaceX has successfully launched an unmanned rocket into orbit. The launch, which unfolded Saturday at California's Vandenberg Air Force Base, marked a crucial — and expensive — test for the private space company in the aftermath of its recent, very visible misfire.

Civil rights leader and Rep. John Lewis, D-Ga., delivers remarks in front of a freedom bell during the "Let Freedom Ring" commemoration event in 2013.

Trump Attacks Civil Rights Hero Lewis As 'All Talk' After He Questions His Legitimacy

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Donald Trump lashed out at civil rights hero John Lewis on Twitter Saturday morning, a day after the Georgia Democratic congressman said in an interview he didn't view the president-elect as "legitimate" amid questions of Russia's interference in the U.S. elections.

Zhou Youguang sits at home in Beijing, in 2015. Born when a Qing dynasty emperor was on the throne, he went on to help invent the Pinyin writing system used for transliterating the Chinese alphabet.

Zhou Youguang, Architect Of A Bridge Between Languages, Dies At 111

Zhou Youguang, the inventor of a system to convert Chinese characters into words with the Roman alphabet, died Saturday at the age of 111. Since his system was introduced nearly six decades ago, few innovations have done more to boost literacy rates in China and bridge the divide between the country and the West.

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