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A performer waves as elephants with the Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey show walk in front of the Capitol in Washington on their way to 2013 performance.

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Animal groups agree to pay nearly $16M to Ringling

The parent company of the Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus has received a nearly $16 million settlement from a number of animal-rights groups, including the Humane Society of the United States, ending a 14-year legal battle initiated over unproven allegations of mistreated elephants.

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