NEW YORK -- Susan Rice, U.S. ambassador to the United Nations, rejected criticism Thursday of her remarks about the deadly attack on an American diplomatic mission in Libya, saying they were based on initial intelligence community assessments.
Ms. Rice, favored to succeed Hillary Rodham Clinton as secretary of state, has kept a low profile since being criticized by Republicans for her televised description of the Sept. 11 attack as developing from a spontaneous protest against an anti-Islamic video. The Obama administration later revised its early assessment and called the assault an organized terrorist attack.
"When discussing the attacks against our facilities in Benghazi, I relied solely and squarely on the information provided to me by the intelligence community," Ms. Rice told reporters. "I made clear that the information was preliminary and that our investigations would give us the definitive answers."
Republican lawmakers have said Ms. Rice misled the public by saying on five television talk shows Sept. 16 that the attack in Benghazi that killed U.S. Ambassador Chris Stevens and three other Americans unfolded from a demonstration that was "hijacked" by militants.
Sen. John McCain of Arizona, the top Republican on the Senate Armed Services Committee, called Ms. Rice's comments "not very bright" and vowed to oppose her if President Barack Obama nominates her.
NEW YORK -- Some victims of Superstorm Sandy in New York were comforted Thursday by the annual Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade.
The popular Macy's parade, attended by more than 3 million people and watched by 50 million on TV, included such giant balloons as Elf on a Shelf and Papa Smurf, a new version of Hello Kitty, Buzz Lightyear, Sailor Mickey Mouse and the Pillsbury Doughboy. Real-life stars included singer Carly Rae Jepsen and Rachel Crow of "The X Factor."
The young were delighted by the sight and sound of marching bands, performers and the giant balloons. The sunny weather quickly surpassed 50 degrees.
NEW YORK -- A garment salesman accused of systematically shooting three shopkeepers to death as they worked alone in their clothing stores was held without bail Thursday.
Salvatore Perrone, who was held after his initial court appearance in the borough of Brooklyn on murder charges, denies killing anyone, his lawyer said.
Attorney Ken Jones, who represented Mr. Perrone only for the arraignment and hadn't spent that much time with him, said his client shows no remorse and appears "as though he could have some mental-health issues."
SEASIDE HEIGHTS, N.J. -- The remains of a roller coaster that was knocked off a New Jersey amusement pier by Superstorm Sandy and partially submerged in the Atlantic Ocean might be left there as a tourist attraction.
Seaside Heights Mayor Bill Akers told WNBC-TV in New York on Thursday that officials have not made a decision on whether to tear down the coaster. But the mayor said he's working with the Coast Guard to see if the coaster is stable enough to leave it alone because he believes it would make "a great tourist attraction."