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Latest News Wires Budget cuts will ground fighter jets, Pentagon announces

A third of the U.S. Air Force's active-duty force of combat planes — including fighters and bombers — will be grounded due to federal budget cuts, a top general said Tuesday.

Rob O'Neal / Florida Keys News Bureau / AP / File

A third of the U.S. Air Force's active-duty force of combat planes including fighters and bombers will be grounded due to federal budget cuts, and only the units preparing to deploy to major operations, such as the war in Afghanistan, will remain mission-ready, a top general said Tuesday.

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