WASHINGTON (AP) - U.S. senators are seeking cost-cutting opportunities in the Pentagon's $400 billion program for the next-generation F-35, a fighter jet with a troubled testing record that military leaders say America cannot afford not to build.
Chairing the hearing, Sen. Dick Durbin on Wednesday compared the F-35's history to a textbook on how not to develop a plane.
The Democrat asked military leaders to justify a decade of expanding costs.
They stressed that costs were now decreasing.
Pentagon acquisitions chief Frank Kendall said the plane is 90 percent developed. Testing is almost half-completed.
Kendall said no one is considering stopping the program.
The F-35 would replace Cold War-era aircraft including the F/A-18 Hornet and AV-8B Harrier. It's the Pentagon's priciest weapons program ever. Estimates suggest costs could reach $1 trillion.
Copyright 2013 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.
Buffalo Police have arrested 26-year-old Nicholas Finnegan, of South Buffalo, in connection to the November death of Russ Ross.
Police say there were 32 burglaries, 20 in Albion, five in Medina, four in Oakfield and three in the City of Lockport.
A seven-year-old Buffalo girl got dropped off more than three miles away from the bus stop where her mother was waiting for her on Wednesday.
Police, FBI agents and a bomb squad all showed up on a quiet residential street in North Buffalo overnight.
The Niagara County Sheriff's is on the scene of a suspected meth lab in Sanborn.
Authorities say they're investigating the deaths of two inmates at New York's maximum-security Attica Correctional Facility.