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      Budget cuts claim Charleston Air Expo

      The event was to feature the Air Force's Thunderbirds air team flying over the city's waterfront.

      CHARLESTON, S.C. (AP) -- The automatic federal budget cuts have eliminated an airshow scheduled over Charleston Harbor later this year.

      Joint Base Charleston has announced that the 2013 Air Expo planned in June will not be held. The event was to feature the Air Force's Thunderbirds air team flying over the city's waterfront.

      Base commander Col Richard McComb says because of the cuts, the Thunderbirds have had to cancel their performances.