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6/28/2017: White House-media relations at breaking point as Spicer searches for replacement

“Here’s a good rule,” one of the senior administration officials told CNNMoney. “The people who are going out there in front of cameras saying they’re being considered — those people probably aren’t being considered.”

3/16/2017: Sean Hannity once pulled a gun on Juan Williams

Still, Hannity’s version of entertainment can go too far. Last year, after ending one of his many spirited on-air arguments with liberal contributor Juan Williams, Hannity pulled out a gun and pointed it directly at Williams, according to three sources with knowledge of the incident. He even turned on the laser sight, causing a red dot to bob around on Williams’ body. (Hannity was just showing off, the sources said, but the unforeseen off-camera antic clearly disturbed Williams and others on set.)

1/10/2017: Intel chiefs presented Trump with claims of Russian efforts to compromise him

Classified documents presented last week to President Obama and President-elect Trump included allegations that Russian operatives claim to have compromising personal and financial information about Mr. Trump, multiple US officials with direct knowledge of the briefings tell CNN.

7/13/2016: Sean Hannity flew Gingrich to Trump meeting

Newt Gingrich, a finalist on Donald Trump’s vice presidential shortlist, flew to Indianapolis to meet with Trump on a private jet provided by Fox News host Sean Hannity, two sources with knowledge of the situation told CNN.

The Fox News host flew the former House speaker to Indianapolis early Wednesday morning to meet with the Republican nominee as he holds late-stage meetings with his VP finalists, the sources said.

6/15/2016: Grand jury to investigate Orlando shooter’s widow

Federal investigators digging for clues in the Orlando nightclub massacre are zeroing in on Noor Salman, the widow of gunman Omar Mateen.

What did Salman know of his plans and what might she have done to stop him? Authorities have been trying to pin her down after she apparently gave conflicting statements about what she knew of his intentions in the hours before the attack.

A U.S. attorney plans to bring evidence before a federal grand jury to determine whether charges will be brought, according to two law enforcement officials.

5/19/2016: EgyptAir Flight 804: Airline official says debris not from plane

Checks of the passenger manifest have so far resulted in no hits on terror watch lists, officials with knowledge of the investigation told CNN.

4/19/2016: Under new management, Trump insiders ask what’s Corey Lewandowski’s role?

Asked by reporters as he was casting his ballot in the New York primary, Trump said the reorganization of his campaign is going “very smooth.”

But sources familiar with Trump’s staff shakeup tell CNN campaign manager Lewandowski’s role is no longer as clearly defined.

“They sort of have to figure out what Corey’s role is,” one campaign adviser said. “Corey has just never run a national campaign before.”

4/19/2016: Data from San Bernardino phone has helped in probe

Hacking the San Bernardino terrorist’s iPhone has produced data the FBI didn’t have before and has helped the investigators answer some remaining questions in the ongoing probe, U.S. law enforcement officials say.

4/7/2016: Mashable lays off staff in ‘strategic shift’ toward video

The staff was informed of the decision late Thursday morning, ten minutes after receiving an email requesting that they attend an impromptu meeting. Three sources who spoke with CNNMoney said they were caught totally unaware by the decision.

3/16/2016: Donald Trump’s dominance — and the late establishment effort to stop it

As Trump eyed Lewandowski, who would become his campaign manager, he skimmed through a list of the other strategists he’d interviewed, posing one key question: “Are you better than all these guys?”

“I believe I am,” Lewandowski replied, according to two sources with knowledge of the conversation.

Trump asked Lewandowski if he was the best operative in New Hampshire, according to one source with knowledge of the conversation. He answered that he was the best in the country.

2/11/2016: ‘Sophisticated’ laptop bomb on Somali plane got through X-ray machine

The explosive device built into a laptop computer that detonated last week on a Somali passenger jet was “sophisticated” and got past X-ray machines at the Mogadishu airport, a source close to the investigation told CNN, raising concerns about security measures at airports across Africa and internationally.

10/20/2015: ESPN poised for big job cuts

ESPN is on the verge of mass layoffs.

The sports network will inform employees about the cutbacks on Wednesday, a person with knowledge of the plan said.

An ESPN representative declined to comment on Tuesday evening. Earlier in the day Bloomberg News reported that up to 350 employees, or 4.3% of its 8,000 positions, will be affected.

6/17/2015: Brian Williams expected to stay at NBC

Brian Williams is down, but not out.

NBC and Williams have come to a tentative agreement that will keep Williams at the network after his six-month suspension ends in August.

The decision, described by people with knowledge of the plan, ends months of speculation that Williams could leave NBC altogether.

Status: Unverified — we might find out Thursday.

6/9/2015: Authorities search farms, fields for signs of New York escaped killers

The cell phone of Clinton Correctional Facility employee Joyce Mitchell was used to call several people connected to prison break fugitive Richard Matt, a source with knowledge of the investigation told CNN on Tuesday.

Status: Unverified

5/19/2015: Biden’s son being treated at hospital

Vice President Joe Biden’s son Beau, the former attorney general of Delaware, was being treated at a military hospital outside of Washington on Tuesday.

The vice president’s office said Beau Biden was receiving treatment at Walter Reed Medical Center in Bethesda, Maryland. Officials did not specify what he was being treated for, though a source with knowledge of the Biden family called the situation “serious.”

Status: Unverified

5/11/2015: U.S. officials: Assad losses in Syria could become ISIS gains

“The conflict in Syria remains highly fluid, despite recent gains claimed by opposition forces and extremist groups,” a U.S. intelligence official with direct knowledge of the situation in Syria told CNN, noting that a number of factors were at play.

“Years of conflict — including defeats, victories and lessons learned — have hardened the various armed opposition groups and extremist elements involved in the Syrian conflict,” the official said. “It would appear that these groups, whether composed of locals or foreign fighters, are able to leverage their experience to field effective fighting forces and more advanced tactics.”

He added, “The regime’s apparent lack of success in recent offensives in southern Syria suggest moderate opposition forces may be more coherent — even if they are not yet able to compete directly with extremist elements.”

He pointed to three “emerging blocs of the opposition forces” — ISIS, other extremists and moderates — “that collectively pose a more direct threat to Assad compared to last year.”

Status: Unverified

5/6/2015: Baltimore police investigation doesn’t support some of prosecution’s charges

The Baltimore police investigation into the death of Freddie Gray doesn’t support some of the charges, including the most serious, filed by the Baltimore City State’s Attorney, potentially allowing lawyers representing the police officers the opportunity to undercut the prosecution, according to officials briefed on the two probes.

Status: Unverified

4/9/2015:  No forced entry to Hatton Garden heist building, London police say

People with knowledge of the area have speculated that cash and jewels were probably taken. Some jewelry businesses reportedly stored some of their jewels in the boxes rather than leaving them in their stores over the holiday weekend.

Status: Unverified

4/5/2015: Public accounting near for Rolling Stone

Rolling Stone publisher Jann Wenner has decided not to take any disciplinary action against the editors or fact-checkers involved in the story’s production, according to people with direct knowledge of the decision.

Status: Partially confirmed — “A spokesperson for Wenner told CNN that Erdely will continue to write for Rolling Stone.”

3/9/2015: Clinton to take on email controversy soon

Hillary Clinton plans to address the controversy surrounding her use of a personal email on a private server while serving as America’s top diplomat “as soon as within 48 hours,” sources close to the former secretary of state say.

Status: Unverified

2/10/2015: NBC’s fact-checking of Brian Williams will be finished ‘sooner rather than later’

One NBC source said the process will be finished “sooner rather than later.”

Status: Unverified

3/23/2014: Source: Flight 370’s altitude dropped after sharp turn

Military radar tracking shows that the aircraft changed altitude after making a sharp turn over the South China Sea as it headed toward the Strait of Malacca, a source close to the investigation into the missing flight told CNN. The plane flew as low as 12,000 feet at some point before it disappeared from radar, according to the source.

Status: Still unverified  

 

3/21/2014 : First on CNN: Intelligence from field has White House ‘very concerned’ about Russia invading more of Ukraine – possibly soon

Based on intelligence, Obama administration officials are very concerned the Russians are not being truthful when they say their forces near Ukraine’s eastern and southern borders are merely there for training exercises, sources tell CNN.

Status: Still unverified