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U.S. envoy says Benghazi assault appeared to be terrorist attack from beginning

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U.S. envoy saw Benghazi attack as terrorist hit

The deputy chief of mission at the U.S. Embassy in Libya during a 2012 attack on a diplomatic outpost in Benghazi told investigators he thought it was a terrorist strike from the beginning, according to interview excerpts released Sunday on CBS's Face the Nation. "I thought it was a terrorist attack from the get-go. I think everybody in the mission thought it was a terrorist attack from the beginning," Gregory Hicks said in an interview with investigators shared with Face the Nation. The excerpt was one of several revealed on the program. Hicks is one of the witnesses called to testify this week before the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform about the Sept. 11, 2012, attack that killed Ambassador Christopher Stevens and three other Americans. Shortly after the attack, U.N. Ambassador Susan Rice characterized it as a spontaneous attack. The Obama administration later said it was an act of terrorism.

Elsewhere

Bangladesh: The death toll in the garment-factory building collapse reached 610 on Sunday, police said. The April 24 disaster is considered the worst garment-factory accident ever.

Camarillo, Calif.: Cool, moist air moving into Southern California on Sunday helped firefighters build containment lines around a huge wildfire burning through coastal mountains. The blaze was 60 percent surrounded, according to Ventura County fire officials.

Boston: Former U.S. Rep. Gabrielle Giffords received the 2013 Profile in Courage award at the John F. Kennedy Library on Sunday in recognition of her advocacy for policy reforms aimed at reducing gun violence.

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