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Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus to End Its 146-Year Run

Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey circus announced on Saturday night that after 146 years of performances, it was folding its big tent forever. In a statement on the company’s website, Kenneth Feld, the chief executive of Feld Entertainment, the producer of Ringling, said the circus would hold its final performances in May. He cited declining ticket sales, which dropped even more drastically after elephants were phased out from the shows last year.

The Moon Is Older Than Scientists Thought

A UCLA-led research team reports that the moon is at least 4.51 billion years old, or 40 million to 140 million years older than scientists previously thought. The findings -- based on an analysis of minerals from the moon called zircons that were brought back to Earth by the Apollo 14 mission in 1971 -- are published Jan. 11 in the journal Science Advances.