Circus comes to town, leaves without paying up

Circus ringmaster
Circus ringmaster

At least one circus won't be coming to town anymore in North Dakota, after the state's attorney general filed a cease and desist order against its parent company, saying it didn't live up to a promise to share proceeds with local communities.

American United Entertainment LLC, based in Texas, allegedly broke North Dakota state consumer fraud laws after it solicited the towns of Parkton and Grafton to host the Great American Circus of the Stars last summer, and then kept the cities' shares of ticket sales.