Five years ago
Vice President Dick Cheney, visiting the Middle East, said the U.S. had an “enduring and unshakable” commitment to Israel’s security and its right to defend itself against those bent on destroying the Jewish state. Jeffrey Buttle of Canada won the men’s title at the World Figure Skating Championships in Goteborg, Sweden.
One year ago
Coroner’s officials ruled singer Whitney Houston died by drowning the previous February, but that heart disease and cocaine use were contributing factors. In a dramatic end to a 32-hour standoff, a masked French SWAT team slipped into the Toulouse apartment of an Islamic extremist suspected of seven killings, sparking a firefight that ended with the suspect jumping out the window and being fatally shot in the head.