Tracking Wall Street Journal anonymous sourcing

4/18/2017: Fox Is Preparing to Cut Ties With Bill O’Reilly

Fox News is preparing to cut ties with its biggest star, Bill O’Reilly, according to people close to the situation.

A final decision on Mr. O’Reilly’s fate could come as early as the next several days, the people said.

3/30/2017: Mike Flynn Offers to Testify in Exchange for Immunity

Mike Flynn, President Donald Trump’s former national security adviser, has told the Federal Bureau of Investigation and congressional officials investigating the Trump campaign’s potential ties to Russia that he is willing to be interviewed in exchange for a grant of immunity from prosecution, according to officials with knowledge of the matter.

2/12/2017:
Mike Flynn’s Position Grows Tenuous in White House

The White House is reviewing whether to retain National Security Adviser Mike Flynn amid a furor over his contacts with Russian officials before President Donald Trump took office, an administration official said Sunday.

Mr. Flynn has apologized to White House colleagues over the episode, which has created a rift with Vice President Mike Pence and diverted attention from the administration’s message to his own dealings, the official said.

“He’s apologized to everyone,” the official said of Mr. Flynn.

12/29/2016: Snap’s IPO Roadshow Message: We’re the Next Facebook, Not the Next Twitter

When Snap Inc. goes on the road next year to market its initial public offering, it will be touting more than its popular virtual-messaging service.

Evan Spiegel, the company’s 26-year-old founder, is expected to figure prominently in conversations with investors during the marketing process, known as a roadshow, according to people familiar with the matter.

10/21/2016: AT&T-Time Warner Talks Could Set Off Deal Frenzy

Apple Inc. a few months ago approached Time Warner Inc. about pursuing a combination, and though the discussions didn’t progress beyond a preliminary stage, Apple is now monitoring the situation, people familiar with the matter said Friday.

9/22/2016: Facebook Overestimated Key Video Metric For Two Years

Big ad buyers and marketers are upset with Facebook Inc. after learning the tech giant vastly overestimated average viewing time for video ads on its platform for two years, according to people familiar with the situation.

7/25/2016: Apple Taps Bob Mansfield to Oversee Car Project

Apple Inc. has tapped a highly regarded senior executive who helped bring to market many of Apple’s signature products to oversee its fledgling automobile project, according to people familiar with the matter.

Bob Mansfield had stepped back from a day-to-day role at the company a few years ago, after leading the hardware engineering development of products including the MacBook Air laptop computer, the iMac desktop computer, and the iPad tablet. Apple now has Mr. Mansfield running the company’s secret autonomous, electric-vehicle initiative, code-named Project Titan, the people said.

7/10/2016: Cuomo Weighs Taking Action to Undermine de Blasio’s Re-Election Bid

As New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio’s 2017 re-election bid draws closer, Gov. Andrew Cuomo is strategizing whether and how to work against his fellow Democrat, a move that would pose a threat to the mayor’s campaign but carry its own political risks for the governor.

Mr. Cuomo has dissected Mr. de Blasio’s poll numbers with political allies, weighing whether the mayor can be defeated, according to people familiar with the matter.

6/30/2016: Apple in Talks to Acquire Jay Z’s Tidal Music Service

Apple Inc. is in exploratory talks to acquire Tidal, a streaming-music service run by rap mogul Jay Z, according to people familiar with the matter.

5/23/2016: Tencent in Talks With SoftBank to Buy Majority Stake in ‘Clash of Clans’ Maker Supercell

Chinese Internet major Tencent Holdings Ltd. is in talks with SoftBank Group Corp. to buy the Japanese telecommunications giant’s majority stake in Supercell Oy, the Finland-based maker of some of the world’s most popular mobile games, according to people briefed on the discussions.

5/18/2016: Theranos Voids Two Years of Edison Blood-Test Results

Theranos Inc. has told federal health regulators that the company voided two years of results from its Edison blood-testing devices, according to a person familiar with the matter.

5/11/2016: Nissan Considers Buying a Third of Mitsubishi Motors

Nissan Motor Co. is considering buying about a one-third stake in Mitsubishi Motors Corp. for about 200 billion yen ($1.8 billion) to become the latter company’s single largest shareholder, a person familiar with the matter said Thursday.

5/8/2016: Twitter Bars Intelligence Agencies From Using Analytics Service

Twitter Inc. cut off U.S. intelligence agencies from access to a service that sifts through the entire output of its social-media postings, the latest example of tension between Silicon Valley and the federal government over terrorism and privacy.
The move, which hasn’t been publicly announced, was confirmed by a senior U.S. intelligence official and other people familiar with the matter. The service—which sends out alerts of unfolding terror attacks, political unrest and other potentially important events—isn’t directly provided by Twitter, but instead by Dataminr Inc., a private company that mines public Twitter feeds for clients.

4/26/2016: Facebook Developing Camera-First Format

Facebook Inc. is developing a stand-alone camera app to encourage its 1.6 billion users to create, and share, more photos and videos, people familiar with the matter said.

A prototype of the app developed by Facebook’s “friend-sharing” team opens to a camera, similar to disappearing photo app Snapchat, the people said. Another planned feature allows a user recording video through the app to begin live streaming, they added.

4/18/2016: Verizon, Hearst Close to Buying Complex Media

Verizon Communications Inc. and Hearst Corp. are close to buying Complex Media, the online publisher whose readership skews toward young males, according to people familiar with the matter.

4/9/2016: Facebook to Highlight Messenger at F8 Conference

Facebook Messenger is getting down to business.

At its annual F8 developer conference this coming week, Facebook Inc. will feature enhanced tools for commerce over its Messenger app, according to people familiar with the matter. The new offerings will use so-called chatbot technology to help users order goods and services through the app, the people said.

3/28/2016: Sony Plans New PlayStation for Graphics-Heavy Games

The days of waiting six or more years between videogame-console releases are coming to an end.

Sony Corp. is planning to sell a more powerful version of its PlayStation 4 machine to handle higher-end game experiences, including virtual reality, people familiar with the matter said, while continuing production of its existing console that has so far sold more than 36 million units world-wide.

1/24/2016: Twitter to Revamp Leadership Under CEO Jack Dorsey

Mr. Dorsey, who was previously chairman of Twitter, had told the company that one condition of returning as CEO was that the entire board must eventually be replaced, according to one of the people familiar with the matter.

1/22/2016: Apple Veteran Overseeing Electric-Car Project Leaving Company

The Apple Inc. veteran tasked with spearheading the company’s efforts to build an automobile is leaving the company, according to people familiar with the matter.

Steve Zadesky, a 16-year Apple veteran who has been overseeing its electric-car project for the last two years, has told people he is leaving the company. The timing of his departure isn’t clear. He is still at Apple for now.

A person familiar with the matter said Mr. Zadesky’s departure was for personal reasons and wasn’t related to his performance. Mr. Zadesky didn’t immediately respond to a message sent through LinkedIn.

1/13/2016: Merger Talks Intensify Between Large Cooperative Banks in Italy

Merger talks between large cooperative banks in Italy are intensifying as two lenders circle Banca Popolare di Milano Scarl with a view to a potential tie-up.

People familiar with the matter say Banca Popolare di Milano, a small lender based in the wealthy Lombardy region, is in separate talks about merging with either cooperative bank Banco Popolare SC or UBI Banca SpA, Italy’s fourth- and fifth-largest lenders by assets, respectively.

1/5/2016: Twitter to Expand Tweet’s 140-Character Limit to 10,000

One of Twitter’s most beloved features is set to change: The company is planning to extend its 140-character limit to as many as 10,000, according to a person familiar with the matter.

12/1/2015: Yahoo Board to Weigh Potential Sale of Internet Business

The fate of troubled Internet portal Yahoo Inc. may be decided in a marathon series of board meetings this week.

Yahoo’s board plans to weigh a potential sale of the company’s core business during a series of meetings beginning Wednesday and continuing through Friday, people familiar with the matter said.

10/27/2015: Walgreens Nears Deal to Buy Rite Aid

Walgreens Boots Alliance Inc. is in advanced talks to buy Rite Aid Corp. in a deal that would unite the nation’s second- and third-largest drugstore chains.

A deal is expected to be announced Wednesday, according to people familiar with the matter. Rite Aid had a market value of more than $6 billion Monday afternoon, meaning that with a typical premium, a takeover deal could value the company at close to $10 billion. That doesn’t include its hefty debt load, which totaled $7.4 billion in August.

10/4/2015: Apple Co-Founder’s Allies Take Aim at Hollywood Over ‘Steve Jobs’

Four years after Steve Jobs’s death, a new movie is reopening a debate over the Apple Inc. co-founder’s legacy.

Mr. Jobs’s allies, led by his widow, Laurene Powell Jobs, say the film “Steve Jobs,” and other recent depictions, play down his accomplishments and paint Mr. Jobs as cruel and inhumane. Ms. Jobs repeatedly tried to kill the film, according to people familiar with the conversations. She lobbied, among others, Sony Pictures Entertainment, which developed the script but passed on the movie for financial reasons, and Comcast Corp.’s Universal Pictures, which is releasing the $33.5 million production on Friday.

9/21/2015: Apple speeds up electric car work

Apple Inc. is accelerating efforts to build an electric car, designating it internally as a “committed project” and setting a target ship date for 2019, according to people familiar with the matter.

8/31/2015: BuzzFeed is laying groundwork for major expansion in Los Angeles

BuzzFeed is eyeing a big expansion in Los Angeles.

The rising digital media star is in discussions to lease a century-old former Ford auto factory on the southeastern edge of Los Angeles’ downtown, according to people familiar with the talks.

The 250,000-square-foot potential lease suggests large West Coast ambitions for the company, which is hot off a $200 million investment from NBCUniversal that valued it at around $1.5 billion. BuzzFeed is considering multiple options in addition to the former Ford factory, according to a person familiar with the negotiations.

Status: Unverified

7/21/2015: Audi, BMW and Daimler near deal to buy Nokia mapping service

A group of German auto makers agreed to pay slightly more than €2.5 billion ($2.71 billion) for Nokia’s digital mapping service, prevailing over Silicon Valley bidders in a battle for a key enabling technology for self-driving cars.

German luxury car makers Audi, a unit of Volkswagen AG, Mercedes-Benz parent Daimler AG, and BMW AG have agreed in principle to purchase the telecommunications group’s digital mapping service Nokia Here, according to a person familiar with the situation.

Status: Unverified

7/9/2015: ESPN tightens its belt as pressure on it mounts

A decline in subscribers as customers trim their cable bills, coupled with rising content costs and increased competition, has ESPN in belt-tightening mode, people familiar with the situation say.

Status: Unverified

6/21/2015: Dollar Shave Club is valued at $615 million

Lots of videos go viral. Few prove as lucrative as Michael Dubin’s.

Three years ago the Dollar Shave Club founder launched his company with a hilarious video poking fun at the pain and expense of shaving. The video has been viewed 19 million times.

Today the mail-order razor business is valued at $615 million after closing a new $75 million funding round led by Technology Crossover Ventures, according to people familiar with the matter.

Status: Unverified 

6/17/2015: Fitbit IPO prices at $20 a share, above expectations

Fitbit Inc., the maker of wearable fitness-tracking devices, priced its initial public offering at $20 a share, above already raised expectations, according to a person familiar with the offering.

The deal raised about $732 million for the company and some of its shareholders by selling 36.6 million shares, according to the person familiar with the deal, and gives Fitbit a valuation of about $4.1 billion. That total doesn’t count a so-called overallotment option, which gives underwriters the opportunity to sell additional shares under certain circumstances.

Status: Unverified

6/17/2015: Elizabeth Warren intervenes in search for New York financial regulator

The search to replace New York’s former top financial regulator, Benjamin Lawsky, has attracted the involvement of one of the banking industry’s harshest critics: U.S. Senator Elizabeth Warren (D., Mass.).

In recent weeks, Ms. Warren has placed calls to top staffers for New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo and others assigned to identify a successor to Mr. Lawsky, according to a person with direct knowledge of the search process. Ms. Warren’s advice: Tap Rohit Chopra, the student loan ombudsman and assistant director of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, which she helped start up and initially ran.

Status: Unverified

6/9/2015: New York rent controls hang in the balance

People familiar with the talks don’t expect the de Blasio administration to get its way on a key issue: ending “vacancy decontrol”—the practice of exempting regulated apartments from rent controls once their rents hit a threshold, currently $2,500, and letting them go for market rates. Mr. de Blasio wants to end vacancy decontrol and put a cap on rent increases, a move championed by liberal lawmakers as crucial to strengthening rent laws.

Status: Unverified

5/28/2015: J.P. Morgan aims to cut 5,000 jobs

J.P. Morgan Chase & Co. is cutting more than 5,000 jobs in an effort to trim costs and become more efficient.

The cuts already have begun, according to people familiar with the decision, and are part of a broader industry move toward Internet and mobile banking. The bank will cut at least 2% of its current workforce in the next year.

Status: Unverified

5/25/2015: GM likely to face criminal charges over ignition switches

Federal prosecutors are likely to bring criminal charges against General Motors Co. over an ignition-switch defect linked to more than 100 deaths, but they still have to hash out key issues with GM including whether the auto maker will need to plead guilty and how big a fine it will have to pay, people familiar with the matter said.

Prosecutors have conveyed to GM that a settlement is likely and have had initial conversations about a deal in recent months, but the contours have yet to be set, some of the people familiar with the matter said.

One of the major sticking points between prosecutors and the company is likely to center on whether GM will plead guilty or enter a so-called deferred-prosecution agreement, they said. The size of the fine is also likely to be a point of contention, they said.

Status: Unverified

5/18/2015: Behind Apple’s move to shelve TV plans

Investor Carl Icahn said he expects Apple Inc. to introduce an ultra-high-definition television in 2016. But after nearly a decade of research, Apple quietly shelved plans to make such a set more than a year ago, according to people familiar with the matter.

Apple had searched for breakthrough features to justify building an Apple-branded television set, those people said. In addition to an ultra-high-definition display, Apple considered adding sensor-equipped cameras so viewers could make video calls through the set, they said.

Status: Unverified

5/15/2015: FBI delves into dubious Avon bid

The Federal Bureau of Investigation is looking into the origins of an apparently bogus takeover offer for Avon Products Inc. filed with regulators Thursday that rattled traders and raised questions about the U.S. public securities filing system.

The FBI inquiry is in its initial stages and comes amid a parallel civil probe by the Securities and Exchange Commission, which shared information with the FBI about the matter, according to people familiar with the situation. FBI involvement is an indication those responsible for the apparently fake filing may have violated criminal statutes.

Status: Unverified

5/11/2015: Blue Apron seeking $2 billion valuation in new funding round

Blue Apron Inc. is assembling the ingredients for a multibillion-dollar valuation.

The New York-based startup, which ships boxes of pre-measured ingredients to home cooks, is in talks to raise money from investors at a valuation of around $2 billion, according to people familiar with the matter.

Status: Unverified

5/8/2015: Uber seeks to raise up to $2 billion in new funding

Uber Technologies Inc., the world’s most highly-capitalized private startup, plans to raise yet another large round of funding.

The ride-sharing company has briefed investors on its plans to raise about $1.5 billion to $2 billion in new funding, two people familiar with the matter said. Uber expects the new round of funding to value the company at $50 billion or higher, the people said, though they said Uber’s plans could change.

Status: Unverified

5/1/2015: Facebook offers to let publishers keep revenue from certain ads

Facebook Inc. is offering to let publishers keep all the revenue from certain advertisements, in a bid to persuade them to distribute content through the social network, according to people familiar with the matter.

Status: Unverified

4/29/2015: FBI helped facilitate ransom for U.S. hostage killed in drone strike

The Federal Bureau of Investigation helped facilitate a 2012 ransom payment to al Qaeda from the family of kidnapped aid worker Warren Weinstein, senior U.S. officials said, in an unsuccessful bid to secure the release of the American, who was killed in January in a U.S. drone strike.

Status: Unverified

4/29/2015: Apple Watch: Faulty taptic engine slows roll out

A key component of the Apple Watch made by one of two suppliers was found to be defective, prompting Apple Inc. to limit the availability of the highly anticipated new product, according to people familiar with the matter.

Status: Unverified

4/28/2015: SEC investigating whether Bank of America broke customer-protection rules

The Securities and Exchange Commission is investigating whether Bank of America Corp. broke rules designed to safeguard client accounts, potentially putting retail-brokerage funds at risk in order to generate more profits, according to people familiar with the inquiry.

Status: Unverified

4/19/2015: Comcast strives to save merger with Time Warner Cable

Comcast Corp. and Time Warner Cable Inc. are slated to sit down for the first time on Wednesday with Justice Department officials to discuss potential remedies in hopes of keeping their $45.2 billion merger on track, according to people familiar with the matter.

Status: We’ll find out April 22.

4/12/2015: U.S. widens role in Saudi-led campaign against Houthi rebels in Yemen

The U.S. is expanding its role in Saudi Arabia’s campaign in Yemen, vetting military targets and searching vessels for Yemen-bound Iranian arms amid growing concerns about the goals of the Saudi-led mission, according to U.S. and Arab officials.

Status: Unverified

4/12/2015: Behind Time Warner chief’s ‘cord-cutter’ pitch

Only 3% of respondents who had the HBO TV channel said they would drop it for the Web version, say people familiar with the poll.

Status: Unverified
Quite a few anonymous sources in this story.

4/6/2015: Viacom takes $785 million charge on cable woes

The layoffs affected as many as 400 people, according to people familiar with the matter, while the shows being written down include reruns of “CSI,” “Entourage” and “Community,” among others. Charges include an accounting change for programming such as reality and game shows that are losing their allure faster than in the past.

Status: Unverified

4/1/2015: Turner and Dish reach new distribution pact

The two companies negotiated through Tuesday evening, past the deadline of their current short-term agreement, to wrap up a deal that will keep Time Warner’s Turner Broadcasting channels such as TBS, TNT and truTV in Dish homes.

The deal includes a way to subscribe to HBO through Sling TV, Dish’s Web TV service. A person familiar with the matter said Dish is unlikely to be a distributor at the launch of HBO Now, the standalone app, although Dish does have the right to do so as part of the deal.

Status: Unverified

3/29/2015: Obama ramps up lobbying on Iran as deadline looms

As negotiations with Iran on a nuclear deal come down to the wire, the White House is ramping up a yearlong campaign to persuade lawmakers and the public to support an agreement.

In recent days, officials have tried to neutralize skeptical Democrats by arguing that opposing President Barack Obama would empower the new Republican majority, according to people familiar with the discussions.

Status: Unverified

3/22/2015: Charges against Sen. Robert Menendez expected as early as this week

Federal investigators are preparing to file criminal charges against Sen. Robert Menendez of New Jersey as early as this week, after a legal battle over how much the Constitution shields lawmakers and their aides, according to people familiar with the investigation.

Status: We’ll find out this week.

3/16/2015: Apple plans web TV service in fall

Apple Inc.’s lofty plans to build an online television service are coming into sharper focus.

The technology giant is in talks with programmers to offer a slimmed-down bundle of TV networks this fall, according to people familiar with the matter. The service would have about 25 channels, anchored by broadcasters such as ABC, CBS and Fox and would be available on Apple devices such as the Apple TV, they said.

Status: Unverified

3/12/2015: The WSJ’s ‘people familiar with the matter’

Daring Fireball points out an example of anonymous sourcing in the Wall Street Journal. In this case, the source was wrong.

3/5/2015: Google wireless plan has one catch

Google Inc.’s planned wireless service may launch by the end of March, but it will work only on the company’s latest Nexus brand smartphone and not on other phones using Google’s Android operating system, people familiar with the matter said.

Status: Unverified

3/3/2015: NBCU plans subscription comedy video service

The comedy service would likely feature full episodes of NBC shows such as “The Tonight Show” starring Jimmy Fallon and “Saturday Night Live.” The company also plans to invest in original series for the service and may enlist its TV stars to create exclusive content, according to the people familiar with the plans. NBCU is considering various possible price points—one range under consideration is $2.50 to $3.50 per month, one of the people said.

Status: Unverified

2/26/2015: Google, reaching for revenue, will allow search ads in Play store

The Google vice president in charge of the Play store, Jamie Rosenberg, has focused on getting more content and apps in the store, and improving the user experience, before accepting ads or sponsorships, according to two people familiar with the matter.

Status: Unverified
I don’t understand the need for an anonymous source here.

2/17/2015: Apple orders more than 5 million watches for initial run

Apple has asked its suppliers in Asia to make a combined five to six million units of its three Apple Watch models during the first quarter ahead of the product’s release in April, according to people familiar with the matter.

Status: Unverified

2/16/2015: New European rules roil global online gambling industry

But according to people familiar with the matter, another of the industry’s biggest competitors, Amaya Gaming Group Inc., is still in talks regarding the acquisition of the company or parts of it.

Status: Unverified

Two other instances of anonymous sourcing in this story.

2/16/2015: Ukraine, France, and Germany wanted a quicker start to the cease-fire

Ukraine, France and Germany wanted a much quicker start to the cease-fire, according to people familiar with the talks.

Status: Unverified

2/6/15: RBC plans selling Caribbean wealth-management assets

Royal Bank of Canada is in talks with several bidders for parts of the Caribbean wealth-management business that it is exiting as part of a pullback in the Caribbean and Latin America, according to two people familiar with the matter.

Status: Unverified

2/2/15: Staples, Office Depot in advanced talks to merge

Staples Inc. and Office Depot Inc. are in advanced talks to combine, according to people familiar with the matter, in what would be a major step toward consolidating the retail market for pens, paper and other office supplies.

Status: Confirmed

3/23/14 : Top JP Morgan Executive in China Expected to Resign

One of J.P. Morgan Chase & Co.’s top China executives is expected to resign amid a probe of the U.S. bank’s Asian hiring practices, according to people familiar with the situation.

Status: Still unverified 

3/23/14 : Apple in talks with Comcast about streaming-TV service

Apple Inc. is in talks with Comcast Corp. about teaming up for a streaming-television service that would use an Apple set-top box and get special treatment on Comcast’s cables to ensure it bypasses congestion on the Web, people familiar with the matter say. 

Status: Still unverified

3/23/14 : US scurries to shore up spying on Russia

I lost count of how many anonymous sources this article references.

3/21/14 – CitiBike, needing millions of dollars, looks for help

Leaders of Citi Bike are moving quickly to raise tens of millions of dollars to rescue the popular bike-share program as it loses money, according to people familiar with the matter. Citi Bike’s bright blue bicycles have become a seemingly indispensable part of some city neighborhoods, but its managers don’t believe it can survive if it doesn’t become more appealing to tourists and expand to new neighborhoods, the people familiar with the matter said.

Status: Still unverified 

3/20/14 :  Airbnb In Advanced Talks to Raise Funding at a $10 Billion Valuation

Airbnb Inc. is in advanced talks to raise funds that would value the online home-rental company at more than $10 billion and place it among the world’s most valuable startups, according to several people familiar with the process.

Status: Still unverified

Tracking Reuters anonymous sourcing

7/3/2017: Trump considering lawyer for White House Russia role: sources

President Donald Trump is considering adding a veteran Washington lawyer to the White House counsel’s office to deal with Russia-related issues, people familiar with the matter said.

Ty Cobb, a white-collar defense lawyer with the firm of Hogan Lovells and a former federal prosecutor, met with Trump about a week ago, another person said.

1/17/2017: Restaurant chain Chuck E. Cheese prepares IPO

The parent of Chuck E. Cheese has begun preparations for an initial public offering (IPO) that could value the U.S. restaurant chain at more than $1 billion, including debt, people familiar with the situation said on Tuesday.

11/15/2016: Snapchat files for IPO

BREAKING: Snapchat has filed confidentially for its IPO – sources

10/4/2016: Yahoo secretly scanned customer emails for US intelligence

Yahoo Inc last year secretly built a custom software program to search all of its customers’ incoming emails for specific information provided by U.S. intelligence officials, according to people familiar with the matter.

The company complied with a classified U.S. government demand, scanning hundreds of millions of Yahoo Mail accounts at the behest of the National Security Agency or FBI, said three former employees and a fourth person apprised of the events.

8/17/2016: Clinton Foundation hired cyber firm after suspected hacking: sources

Bill and Hillary Clinton’s charitable foundation hired the security firm FireEye to examine its data systems after seeing indications they might have been hacked, according to two sources familiar with the matter.

6/25/2016: Google, Facebook quietly move toward automatic blocking of extremist videos

Some of the web’s biggest destinations for watching videos have quietly started using automation to remove extremist content from their sites, according to two people familiar with the process.

The move is a major step forward for internet companies that are eager to eradicate violent propaganda from their sites and are under pressure to do so from governments around the world as attacks by extremists proliferate, from Syria to Belgium and the United States.

YouTube and Facebook are among the sites deploying systems to block or rapidly take down Islamic State videos and other similar material, the sources said.

6/8/2016: Senator Warren to endorse Clinton, sources say

Senator Elizabeth Warren will soon endorse presumptive Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton and, while not currently interested in serving as her running mate, has not ruled it out, several sources close to Warren told Reuters.

4/12/2016: VW plans bonus cuts after diesel scandal pressure

Volkswagen may make significant cuts to bonuses for senior managers, people familiar with the matter said, in an attempt to resolve an internal dispute over executive pay following the diesel emissions scandal at the German carmaker.

4/2/2016: Alaska Air nears deal to buy Virgin America for over $2 billion: source

Alaska Air Group Inc (ALK.N) is nearing a deal to acquire Virgin America Inc (VA.O) for more than $2 billion, having outbid JetBlue Airways Corp (JBLU.O), a person familiar with the matter said on Saturday.

4/1/2016: Amazon, Microsoft look for big data role in self-driving cars

Amazon.com and Microsoft are in talks to supply cloud computing to digital mapping business HERE, owned by a group of German carmakers developing self-driving cars, sources familiar with the matter said.

Amazon is also considering becoming a shareholder in HERE, two sources said.

2/14/2015: Obama will not push through SCOTUS nomination this week

1/21/2016: Barclays to slash about 1,000 investment bank jobs worldwide

The memo did not give details on how many jobs will be affected but people with knowledge of the matter said 1,000 positions would be axed, the majority of them in Asia, a region where falling trading volumes and stronger competition from local banks has hit profits.

1/10/2016: Sean Penn meeting, silver screen dreams help Mexican drug lord’s downfall

A secretive meeting that Hollywood star Sean Penn orchestrated with Joaquin “Chapo” Guzman in a jungle hideout late last year helped Mexico’s government catch the world’s most wanted drug lord, sources said.

11/26/2015: Alibaba in talks with Hong Kong’s SCMP Group for media assets

Chinese e-commerce titan Alibaba Group Holding Ltd has approached the publisher of Hong Kong’s South China Morning Post newspaper to discuss buying its media assets, a source familiar with the matter said on Thursday.

10/2/2015: U.N. forced to halt planned humanitarian work under Syria ceasefire deal

A source with knowledge of the ceasefire talks said Russia’s bombing campaign put the deal in jeopardy, however, adding that breaches of the ceasefire were likely to upset Iran.

The source said the airstrikes may have targeted areas within the ceasefire zone and also hit the Homs-Hama highway, forcing the withdrawal of a U.N. team who were due to monitor the truce.

7/7/2015: Reignited Springer-ProSieben merger push faces familiar hurdles

Germany’s top TV broadcaster and the country’s biggest newspaper publisher are again testing the waters for a potential merger that would need to negotiate the same regulatory hurdles that derailed a deal a decade ago.

Broadcaster ProSiebenSat.1 (PSMGn.DE) and Axel Springer (SPRGn.DE) have reignited talks with the aim of consolidating their push into digital media markets, sources said late on Monday.

Status: Unverified

5/19/2015: Altice eyes U.S. with TWC, Suddenlink buys

French telecommunications group Altice SA has held talks to buy Time Warner Cable Inc, and is close to buying smaller peer Suddenlink, moving into the U.S cable market, according to people familiar with the matter.

The negotiations with Suddenlink are more advanced and a transaction could be announced later this week, the people said. That deal could be worth $10 billion, including debt, the people added. Time Warner Cable has a market capitalization of $44.5 billion.

Status: Unverified

5/7/2015: Microsoft has no plans to pursue Salesforce

Microsoft Corp currently is not weighing an offer for Salesforce.com Inc, two people familiar with the matter said on Thursday, dampening speculation that Microsoft could be drawn into bidding for the cloud software company.

Bloomberg News, citing people with knowledge of the matter, reported earlier this week that Microsoft was evaluating a bid for Salesforce after the latter was approached by another unnamed would-be buyer.

Microsoft considers Salesforce’s current market valuation expensive, one of the people said. It is possible that Microsoft could review a bid for Salesforce in the long term, the other person said.

The sources asked not to be identified because the deliberations are confidential.

Status: Unverified

4/21/2015: Top Mylan shareholders seek deal with Teva

Some of the top investors at Mylan NV, including Paulson & Co, are encouraging its board of directors to consider a takeover proposal from rival Teva Pharmaceutical Industries Inc, according to people familiar with the matter.

A handful of these investors have expressed their support in recent weeks for the creation of the world’s largest generic drug maker by sales, these people said, declining to be named because they were not authorized to speak to the media.

Status: Unverified

4/18/2015: SunGard to explore possible $10 billion sale

Financial technology company SunGard Data Systems Inc is preparing to appoint financial advisers to explore a sale that could value it at as much as $10 billion, including debt, people familiar with the matter said on Friday.

Status: Unverified

4/2/2015: IBM hired advisers to deal with restless investors

Some top shareholders of IBM, disappointed by 11 straight quarters of falling revenues, are seeking help from activist investors to shake up the company, but have been turned down by both Bill Ackman’s Pershing Square and Jeffrey Ubben’s ValueAct, according to people with knowledge of the matter.

Status: Unverified

3/31/2015: Cablevision to make $1 offer for New York Daily News

U.S. cable T.V. operator Cablevision Systems Corp (CVC.N) is planning to make an offer for the New York Daily News as early as this week, valuing the troubled tabloid at just $1, according to a person familiar with the matter.

Status: Unverified

3/27/2015: Upset by Warren, U.S. banks debate halting some campaign donations

Big Wall Street banks are so upset with U.S. Democratic Senator Elizabeth Warren’s call for them to be broken up that some have discussed withholding campaign donations to Senate Democrats in symbolic protest, sources familiar with the discussions said.

Representatives from Citigroup, JPMorgan, Goldman Sachs and Bank of America, have met to discuss ways to urge Democrats, including Warren and Ohio Senator Sherrod Brown, to soften their party’s tone toward Wall Street, sources familiar with the discussions said this week.

Status: Unverified

2/9/2015 : Netanyahu considering changes to Congress speech after criticism

“The issue has been under discussion for a week,” said a source close to the prime minister’s office. “(Netanyahu) is discussing it with Likud people. Some say he should give up on the speech, others that he should go through with it.”

Status: Unverified

2/4/2015 : Four possibly killed in Libya oilfield attack

Four local employees were possibly killed after an armed attack at the al-Mabrook oilfield in Libya this week, a French diplomatic source on Wednesday.

Status: Still unverified

2/2/2015 : Goldman Sachs’ CNR to ship coal via public Colombia port

Goldman Sachs mining affiliate CNR has reached a deal with a public port in Colombia to load its coal shipments which have been suspended for a year after its own docks fell foul of environmental regulations, a port source told Reuters on Monday.

Status: Still unverified

3/20/2014 : Special report: Iraqi forces, images, testify to atrocities in new fighting

A Special Forces soldier on a break in Baghdad this month showed Reuters images on Facebook that are popular with the Iraqi military. The photos showed what he said were dead ISIL fighters in Ramadi. One was splattered in blood. Slogans boasted that the Iraqi forces had “trampled on ISIL’s sniper rats.”

Just back from the front, the soldier – hair dirty, voice tired – used his smartphone to pull up another Facebook picture of a soldier standing over a corpse. The dead man’s body was splayed out in black jeans, his arms stretched above his head in the dirt. A slogan read: “The Golden Division keep trampling them.”

Status: Still unverified

3/20/2014 : Airbnb in funding talks valuing it at about $10 billion: source

Online home-rental marketplace Airbnb Inc is in advanced talks with private equity firms including TPG Capital Management LP to raise funds that would value the company at about $10 billion, a person briefed on the matter said Thursday.

Status: Still unverified

Tracking Washington Post anonymous sourcing

7/25/2017: Trump leaves Sessions twisting in the wind while berating him publicly

President Trump and his advisers are privately discussing the possibility of replacing Attorney General Jeff Sessions, and some confidants are floating prospects who could take his place were he to resign or be fired, according to people familiar with the talks.

Members of Trump’s circle, including White House officials, have increasingly raised the question among themselves in recent days as the president has continued to vent his frustration with the attorney general, the people said.

6/14/2017:
Special counsel is investigating Trump for possible obstruction of justice, officials say

Five people briefed on the requests, speaking on the condition of anonymity because they were not authorized to discuss the matter publicly, said Daniel Coats, the current director of national intelligence, Mike Rogers, head of the National Security Agency, and Rogers’s recently departed deputy, Richard Ledgett, agreed to be interviewed by Mueller’s investigators as early as this week.

2/10/2017: Trump administration won’t appeal ruling against immigration order to the Supreme Court

The Trump administration can wage a legal battle in the lower courts to address more squarely whether the president’s immigration directive violates the Constitution. The White House is also mulling whether to rewrite the executive order. No matter what, the administration faces a difficult fight to restore the ban.

7/9/2016: A curveball in Trump’s Veep search: He’s seriously considering a retired general

After weeks of focusing on a group of current and former elected officials in his search for a running mate, Donald Trump is increasingly intrigued by the idea of tapping retired Lt. Gen. Michael T. Flynn in order to project strength and know-how on national security, according to four people familiar with the vetting process.

5/24/2016: Top GOP financiers coalescing around Trump-RNC fundraising effort

Some of the Republican Party’s most influential fundraisers and donors are signing on to an effort to raise as much as $1 billion for Donald Trump and the Republican National Committee, a sign that apprehension about the real estate developer among the party’s money class is giving way to active support.

At least six top GOP money players have agreed to serve as vice chairs of the Trump Victory Fund, a joint fundraising committee between Trump’s campaign, the RNC and 11 state parties, according to multiple people familiar with the discussions.

5/9/2016: Ben Carson, a Trump emissary, requests a pre-meeting with Speaker Ryan

A top emissary for presumptive Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump has asked to meet privately with House Speaker Paul D. Ryan (R-Wis.) this week in advance of Trump’s visit to Washington on Thursday, according to three people familiar with the matter.

Ben Carson, the retired neurosurgeon who has become one of Trump’s most trusted allies, reached out Monday to Ryan’s political advisers to request a private session with the speaker, according to the sources, who spoke on the condition of anonymity because of the sensitivity of the matter.

3/25/2016: Belgian police mount raids; prosecutors acknowledge missed opportunities

In Germany, authorities held a man who was deported from Turkey in July alongside Brussels suicide attacker Ibrahim el-Bakraoui, 29, over suspicions of trying to fight in Syria. A German official, speaking on the condition of anonymity, said it was not immediately clear whether the man detained Thursday had direct ties to Bakraoui.

3/23/2016: Bomb attacks show how Belgium became an incubator of terror

The bomb attacks in Belgium offer new evidence of its security forces’ shortcomings in monitoring violent Islamist radicals, a failure that has allowed this country at the heart of Europe to become an incubator of terror.

One glaring example: Belgian authorities knew that at least one of the two siblings who blew themselves up in Tuesday’s attacks — Ibrahim el-Bakraoui, 29 — had entered Turkey with the apparent intent of joining Islamist militants in Syria, according to a senior Turkish security official, who spoke on the condition of anonymity because of the sensitivity of the subject.

3/23/2016: UN official: Western Sahara mission threatened with closure

A U.N. official warned Wednesday that the U.N. peacekeeping mission in the disputed Western Sahara will have to shut down unless Morocco reverses its unprecedented expulsion order.

The official, who is familiar with the latest controversy over Western Sahara, said Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon wants the Security Council to take action to protect the U.N. peacekeeping mission known as MINURSO.

8/19/2015: Bush and Trump face off in N.H. — and The Donald is winning

Some major Bush donors quietly have reached out to the Kasich team in recent days to learn more about the Ohio governor and express interest in possibly supporting him, according to Republicans familiar with the conversations.

Status: Unverified

7/27/2015: The many complications of the U.S. establishing a military ‘safe zone’ in Syria with Turkey

A U.S. official with knowledge of the program through which the U.S. Defense Department is training the rebels told The Post last week that they have the equipment and training to call in airstrikes, but have not been authorized to do so.

Status: Unverified

7/6/2015: After ‘very social’ slumber party with Christie and Rubio, Romney dines with Bush

Instead, the families ate a casual dinner of hamburgers and hot dogs, according to a person familiar with how the evening went.

[Further down in the story]

“It was very social,” said the person, who requested anonymity because the sleepover was a private occasion.

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The two families talked about a range of topics, according to the person familiar with the gathering, including Sunday night’s World Cup victory of the U.S. women’s soccer team.

Status: Unverified

6/30/2015: Puerto Rico’s cash-strapped electric utility close to deal with creditors

Puerto Rico’s cash-strapped electric utility and its creditors are close to a deal that would postpone a default by the utility when a $600 million payment comes due Wednesday, people familiar with the talks said.

Status: Unverified

5/8/2015: Court ruling boosts case for ending collection of U.S. phone records

“A clean reauth was already a non-starter,” said one Senate aide on the condition of anonymity because the aide was not authorized to speak on the record. “This puts the nail in the coffin.”

Status: Unverified

5/1/2015: Guy Cecil in talks to join pro-Clinton super PAC, reducing Jim Messina’s role

Guy Cecil, a top Democratic strategist with close ties to Hillary Rodham Clinton, is poised to take on a major leadership role at the pro-Clinton super PAC Priorities USA Action, a move designed to send an unequivocal signal that Clinton wants donors to rally around the independent group.

Cecil, a seasoned field operative who served as political director of Clinton’s 2008 presidential bid, is in final talks to join the organization, a move that would diminish the role of board co-chair Jim Messina, according to two people familiar with the negotiations.

Messina, who served as President Obama’s campaign manager in 2012, will likely remain on the board in an active advisory role, according to the person, who noted that several details still need to be worked out.

—Further down in the story—

The massive sums that Bush has been stockpiling in his super PAC have alarmed Clinton personally, according to people familiar with her sentiments.

Status: Unverified

4/29/2015: Prisoner in van said Freddie Gray was ‘trying to injure himself,’ document says

A prisoner sharing a police transport van with Freddie Gray told investigators that he could hear Gray “banging against the walls” of the vehicle and believed that he “was intentionally trying to injure himself,” according to a police document obtained by The Washington Post.

The prisoner, who is currently in jail, was separated from Gray by a metal partition and could not see him. His statement is contained in an application for a search warrant, which is sealed by the court. The Post was given the document under the condition that the prisoner not be named because the person who provided it feared for the inmate’s safety.

Status: Unverified
Hat tip to Dan Gillmor.

4/25/2015: NBC News finds Brian Williams embellished at least 11 times

A months-long internal investigation of Brian Williams by NBC News has turned up 11 instances in which the anchorman publicly embellished details of his reporting exploits, according to a person familiar with details of the probe.

Status: Unverified

4/15/2015: Rubio, off to fast fundraising start, planning aggressive Florida schedule

Sen. Marco Rubio (R-Fla.), off to a fast fundraising start as an official candidate for president, is planning an aggressive series of events to haul in cash in his home state in late April and early May, a person familiar with his campaign plans said Wednesday.

One of the events will involve billionaire businessman and philanthropist Norman Braman, who is expected to be one of Rubio’s biggest financial backers, said the person, who was granted anonymity to describe behind-the-scenes planning.

Status: Unverified

4/8/2015:  Secret Service manager put on leave during probe of alleged assault

The Secret Service has put a senior supervisor on leave and suspended his security clearance after a female employee accused him of assaulting her after-hours at agency headquarters last week, the agency said Wednesday.

The D.C. police’s sex-crimes unit and a government inspector general are investigating the female agent’s allegation that Xavier Morales, a manager in the security clearance division, made unwanted sexual advances and grabbed her on the night of March 31 after they returned to the office from a party at a downtown restaurant, according to two law enforcement officials with knowledge of the probe.

Status: Unverified

3/12/2015: Secret Service agents disrupted bomb investigation at White House

Two Secret Service agents suspected of driving under the influence and striking a White House security barricade disrupted an active bomb investigation and may have driven over the suspicious package itself, according to current and former government officials familiar with the incident.

Status: Unverified

3/11/2015: Secret Service agents investigated after car hits White House barricade

The Obama administration is investigating allegations that two senior Secret Service agents, including a top member of the president’s protective detail, drove a government car into White House security barricades after drinking at a late-night party last week, an agency official said Wednesday.

Status: Agency spokesman Brian Leary confirmed that an investigation is underway.

2/21/2015: Jeb Bush releases video highlighting his foreign policy speech

This weekend he’s raising millions more at fundraisers in Florida, according to people familiar with his fundraising schedule.

2/12/2015 : Within NBC, an intense debate over whether to fire Brian Williams

Senior NBC officials seriously considered firing anchor Brian Williams because he lied to his viewers about riding in a military helicopter hit by a rocket-propelled grenade during the Iraq war, according to a top network official.

Status: Unverified

This article is riddled with anonymous sources. Hat tip to Jack Shafer.

3/19/2014 : Malaysia Airlines didn’t buy computer upgrade that could have given data on missing flight

The satellite industry official, who spoke on the condition of anonymity because of the sensitivity of the investigation, likened the Swift system to a cellphone that sends data to a satellite. He described ACARS as akin to an app for a mobile phone.

Status: Still unverified, has not been mentioned by authorities.

 

Tracking New York Times anonymous sourcing

7/10/2017: Trump Jr. Was Told in Email of Russian Effort to Aid Campaign

Before arranging a meeting with a Kremlin-connected Russian lawyer he believed would offer him compromising information about Hillary Clinton, Donald Trump Jr. was informed in an email that the material was part of a Russian government effort to aid his father’s candidacy, according to three people with knowledge of the email.

4/25/2017: Amtrak Said to Weigh Extended Track Closings for Penn Station Repairs

Amtrak leaders have discussed closing several tracks at Penn Station for days or weeks at a time in the coming months, according to officials who were briefed on the discussions but did not want to talk publicly about the plan. Weekday track closings would undoubtedly lead to misery, but officials said Amtrak would try to minimize the inconvenience.

2/22/2017: Trump Is Poised to Remove Protections on Transgender Students’ Rights

Ms. DeVos initially resisted signing off on the order and told President Trump that she was uncomfortable with it, according to three Republicans with direct knowledge of the internal discussions.

Mr. Sessions, who strongly opposes expanding gay, lesbian and transgender rights, fought Ms. DeVos on the issue and pressed her to relent because he could not go forward without her consent. The order must come from the Justice and Education Departments.

But Mr. Trump sided with his attorney general, these Republicans said, telling Ms. DeVos in a meeting in the Oval Office on Tuesday that he wanted her to drop her objections. And Ms. DeVos, faced with the choice of resigning or defying the president, has agreed to go along. The Justice Department declined to comment on Wednesday.

2/20/2017: Milo Yiannopoulos’s Pedophilia Comments Cost Him CPAC Role and Book Deal

One Breitbart journalist, who requested anonymity to describe private deliberations, described divisions in the newsroom over whether Mr. Yiannopoulos could stay on. There was some consensus among staff members that his remarks were more extreme than his usual speech, the journalist said, and executives were discussing by telephone whether his apology was enough to preserve his position at the site.

2/14/2017: Trump Campaign Aides Had Repeated Contacts With Russian Intelligence

Phone records and intercepted calls show that members of Donald J. Trump’s 2016 presidential campaign and other Trump associates had repeated contacts with senior Russian intelligence officials in the year before the election, according to four current and former American officials.

12/9/2016: Christie is out as Republican Party chairman

The humiliation of Gov. Chris Christie of New Jersey just keeps coming: He has been told he will not be named to lead the Republican National Committee, according to several people briefed on the discussions in Mr. Trump’s transition.

Mr. Christie was pushed out of his role overseeing the transition almost immediately after the election.

10/9/2016: Inside Trump Tower, an Increasingly Upset and Alone Donald Trump

Mr. Trump has been rattled by the release of the 2005 video recording, according to two people with direct knowledge of his mood who were granted anonymity to candidly describe the situation.

8/29/2016: Mondelez Abandons Its Efforts to Combine With Hershey

Over the last few weeks, Mondelez floated an offer of about $115 a share, according to a person with knowledge of the talks. Hershey indicated that the figure had to be at least $125 to continue negotiations, said the person, who was not authorized to discuss the talks publicly.

8/13/2016: Inside the Failing Mission to Save Donald Trump From Himself

But in interviews with more than 20 Republicans who are close to Mr. Trump or in communication with his campaign, many of whom insisted on anonymity to avoid clashing with him, they described their nominee as exhausted, frustrated and still bewildered by fine points of the political process and why his incendiary approach seems to be sputtering.

7/15/2016: How Donald Trump Finally Settled on Mike Pence

In conversations late into the evening, Mr. Trump repeatedly hesitated over selecting Mr. Pence, according to people briefed on the tense deliberations, who insisted on anonymity to describe the confidential talks. Even as his emissaries reassured Mr. Pence, Mr. Trump fielded a last-ditch appeal from Gov. Chris Christie of New Jersey, another finalist, who once again pressed his own case.

7/4/2016: ‘President Hillary Clinton?’ She Wants Progress on Immigration and to Drink With G.O.P.

Having women make up half of her cabinet would be historic (in recent years, a quarter to a third of cabinet positions have been held by women), and Democrats close to Mrs. Clinton say she may decide to retain Ms. Lynch, the nation’s first black woman to be attorney general, who took office in April 2015.

These Democrats, who spoke on the condition of anonymity to discuss confidential conversations with Mrs. Clinton and her advisers, said that Mr. Podesta, her campaign chairman, would have the right of first refusal on becoming her chief of staff, a job he held under Mr. Clinton. If he turns it down, Mrs. Clinton would look at appointing a woman to that job, which has been held only by men.

6/25/2016: Was the Orlando Gunman Gay? The Answer Continues to Elude the F.B.I.

Miguel told the network that Mr. Mateen felt rejected by Hispanic gays and was angry at Puerto Ricans in particular, because he once had a sexual liaison with a man who later confessed to being H.I.V. positive.

“I believe this crazy horrible thing he did was revenge,” he said in the English-language version of the interview.

Federal authorities looked into his account and do not consider it credible, said a law enforcement official who spoke on background because the information was part of an ongoing investigation.

6/21/2016: Donald Trump Hints He May Fund Race Himself

Mr. Trump is to be feted at two fund-raisers in Manhattan this week, organized by Woody Johnson, the owner of the New York Jets, with one event featuring Gov. Chris Christie of New Jersey. But the ticket price for that event is only $500, a paltry sum for a presidential campaign, and only 260 people have signed up, according to a person involved in Mr. Trump’s fund-raising, who spoke on the condition of anonymity because the information was not intended for the public.

5/30/2016: In Gawker’s Legal Battles, a Focus on Defamation

The company has acknowledged facing lawsuits with plaintiffs ranging from an individual who claims he invented email to the website of the British tabloid The Daily Mail. Currently, Gawker Media is fighting five defamation-related lawsuits, according to a person who has been briefed on the company’s legal situation but who spoke on condition of anonymity because the person was not authorized to discuss legal strategy. That does not include the invasion-of-privacy lawsuit brought by Hogan, whose real name is Terry G. Bollea; the company plans to appeal the verdict in that case.

5/26/2016: Founder of Gawker Criticizes ‘Vindictive’ Campaign Against Company

Gawker’s strategic review is in its early stages, and Mr. Denton has not decided on how to proceed, according to the people with direct knowledge of plans.

The company has been considering its options for months. Gawker had weighed potential offers earlier this year that were as high as approximately $350 million, according to people with direct knowledge of the matter.

5/20/2016: Facebook ‘Trending’ List Skewed by Individual Judgment, Not Institutional Bias

It was a shot at competitors like Google and Twitter, according to two former news curators who spoke on condition of anonymity because they had signed nondisclosure agreements. Facebook wanted people to search for more content — like news — on its own site instead of on Google, the search king, or Twitter, which was widely regarded as better for real-time news, they said.

5/10/2016: Senator Demands Answers From Facebook on Claims of ‘Trending’ List Bias

Facebook, in a response to Mr. Thune’s letter, said that it was “continuing to investigate whether any violations took place” and that it looked forward to addressing his questions. The company is also planning to brief the House Energy and Commerce Committee about the allegations, according to a congressional aide who spoke on the condition of anonymity.

3/30/2016: Facebook’s Live Video Effort Entices Media Companies

The fascination also dovetails with interest inside Facebook itself. The feature, called Facebook Live, has largely lived under the radar so far. But it is one of the company’s highest-priority projects, according to three people directly involved with the initiative, who spoke on condition of anonymity.

Internally, Facebook Live is seen as a way to move beyond hosting conversations about television and live events to becoming a venue for both. Mark Zuckerberg, the company’s chief executive, has made Facebook Live one of his pet projects, two of the people said, devoting significant resources and effort to the initiative.

3/24/3016: Playboy Enterprises Said to Explore Sale

Playboy Enterprises, the parent company of the iconic men’s magazine, has retained investment bankers and has begun exploring a sale, people with knowledge of the discussions said on Thursday.

The company, which recently revamped the magazine, dropping most nudity from its pages, had retained the investment firm Moelis & Company to explore an expansion in its media business, said one person briefed on the process, who spoke about internal discussions on condition of anonymity.

2/25/2016: Foxconn Hesitates on $5.5 Billion Bid for Sharp

For a few hours on Thursday, it looked as if Sharp, the ailing Japanese consumer electronics company, had secured a $5.5 billion takeover from Foxconn of Taiwan, the giant contract manufacturer that churns out products for Apple and other foreign brands.

Then things took a left turn.

Foxconn unexpectedly balked just before the deal was to be sealed. The reason was that the day before, Sharp told its potential new owner that it could be liable for close to $3 billion in potential liabilities, according to a person with knowledge of the talks.

2/24/2016: Apple Is Said to Be Trying to Make It Harder to Hack iPhones

Apple engineers have begun developing new security measures that would make it impossible for the government to break into a locked iPhone using methods similar to those now at the center of a court fight in California, according to people close to the company and security experts.

2/14/2016: After Antonin Scalia’s Death, Fierce Battle Lines Emerge

“If McConnell stonewalls, we will empty the arsenal,” said one top Democratic official, who requested anonymity to discuss party strategy. “We will make sure this is seen as the radical, unprecedented act of obstruction that it is.”

1/24/2016: Twitter to Appoint New Board Members and Chief Marketing Officer

Jack Dorsey is overhauling the very top ranks of Twitter.

The social networking company plans to announce the appointment of two new board members soon, according to two people familiar with Twitter’s plans, who spoke on the condition of anonymity because the details were private. One of the new board members is a high-profile media personality, the people said. Twitter will also appoint a new chief marketing officer.

1/23/2016: Sledspotting in Central Park: And Away They Go

“Only one can win,” declared Evan, 6, a somber expression etched on his face.

“This is it,” said Wyatt, 5, earning a nod of approval from Lucas, 6.

The boys, who declined to provide their last names for fear of angering their mothers, had been racing each other by sled down the hill for an hour.

1/23/2016: Bloomberg, Sensing an Opening, Revisits a Potential White House Run

Mr. Bloomberg, 73, has already taken concrete steps toward a possible campaign, and ahs indicated to friends and allies that he would be willing to spend at least $1 billions of his fortune on it, according to people briefed on his deliberations who spoke on the condition of anonymity because they were not authorized to discuss his plans.

12/02/2015: Oscars 2016: The Race May Yet Heat Up

“Because it’s perceived as wide open, there’s even more aggressive campaigning,” said one studio executive, who spoke on condition of anonymity because that’s what studio execs are wont to do, especially when it comes to the Oscars. “Because the race doesn’t feel locked up, a lot more films on the margins are trying to make the cut.”

9/27/2015: U.S. investigating contract awards in Buffalo turnaround project

Some of the contours of the inquiry were made clear in a federal grand jury subpoena served on the State University of New York Polytechnic Institute, which has played a central role in administering the governor’s program, known as the Buffalo Billion. The subpoena was one of a number issued in recent months, according to people with knowledge of the matter. One of the other subpoenas went to Empire State Development, New York State’s economic development agency, which is providing funding for the program.

People with knowledge of the subpoena to SUNY Polytechnic, who spoke on the condition of anonymity because they were not authorized to speak publicly about the matter, described its contents in detail to The New York Times.

8/22/2015: Biden, considering White House bid, meets with Elizabeth Warren

Vice President Joseph R. Biden Jr. on Saturday summoned Senator Elizabeth Warren, Democrat of Massachusetts, to his Washington residence for a meeting, the latest indication that he is seriously considering a presidential bid.

Mr. Biden and Ms. Warren met for lunch on the veranda at the Naval Observatory with no aides present, according to a Democrat briefed on the conversation.

Status: Unverified

8/18/2015: Unicorns hunt for talent among Silicon Valley’s giants

In the case of some highly sought-after engineers from Yelp last year, Uber offered millions of dollars in restricted stock units, according to two people with knowledge of the recruiting practices, who spoke on the condition of anonymity.

Status: Unverified

8/1/2015: Joe Biden said to be taking new look at presidential run

Vice President Joseph R. Biden Jr. and his associates have begun to actively explore a possible presidential campaign, an entry that would upend the Democratic field and deliver a direct threat to Hillary Rodham Clinton, say several people who have spoken to Mr. Biden or his closest advisers.

Status: Unverifid

7/11/2015: Bernie Sanders courts Martha’s Vineyard donors

One prominent attendee, a supporter of Hillary Rodham Clinton’s presidential campaign, suggested Mr. Sanders’s appearance suggested he was more pragmatic than his rhetoric would let on.

“Bernie is attracting throngs and has a wave going preaching against the one percent,” said the attendee, requesting anonymity to speak candidly. “So why would he take the weekend to spend in Martha’s Vineyard with wealthy people who are donating at least $37,000 and change to the DSCC?” (That is the minimum contribution to the Senate Democrats campaign arm in order to attend the event).

Status: Unverified
(Hat tip to Glenn Greenwald)

7/9/2015: Facebook said to seek music video licensing deals

In recent weeks, Facebook has held preliminary discussions with the major record companies, seeking licensing deals to insert music videos into Facebook users’ feeds, according to four people briefed on the talks who spoke on the condition of anonymity.

Status: Unverified

6/30/2015: Convict conducted dry run of breakout the night before escaping

One of the two convicted killers who escaped in early June from a maximum-security prison in northern New York, setting off a three-week manhunt, conducted a dry run of the breakout the night before they fled, two officials with knowledge of the matter said.

Status: Unverified

6/28/2015: State trooper is said to have shot David Sweat, the surviving prison escapee

David Sweat, the surviving prison escapee on the run in northern New York, was shot by a state trooper on Sunday, according to three people briefed on the matter. His condition was unknown.

Status: Now confirmed

6/22/2015: Uber data collection changes should be barred, privacy group urges

The stakes could be high for Uber, which is based in San Francisco and has made completely clear its global aspirations to upend existing consumer transportation systems. To date, Uber has raised nearly $6 billion in venture capital and is valued at more than $40 billion; the company has plans to raise at least $1 billion more, according to a person with knowledge of the company’s plans, which could value it at $50 billion.

Status: Unverified

6/11/2015: Twitter’s C.E.O., Dick Costolo, Is to Resign

But ever since his ouster in 2008, Mr. Dorsey has wanted to return to the helm of Twitter, according to two people with knowledge of his thinking. While he has retained a board seat during Mr. Costolo’s tenure, Mr. Dorsey has angled to become more prominent in his influence on Twitter’s direction, these people said.

Status: Unverified

6/2/2015: Huffington Post in limbo at Verizon

Over the last couple of years, an array of media companies, venture capitalists and wealthy individuals have quietly explored buying a stake in The Huffington Post. The most recent valuation, according to half a dozen people briefed on the matter: about $1 billion.

Those interested have included the European media companies Le Monde and Axel Springer; the Napster founder Sean Parker; and the private equity firm General Atlantic, those people said, speaking on condition of anonymity. Some of the talks were navigated by AOL, The Huffington Post’s parent company, as it sought ways to raise money, others by the site’s well-connected founder, Arianna Huffington.

Status: Unverified

5/27/2015: Google and Apple adjust strategies on mobile payments

The battle for mobile software dominance revolves around two companies: Apple and Google. Now both giants are also going head-to-head in mobile payments, as they prepare to push deeper into digital wallets.

Google is set to unveil plans at its annual developer conference on Thursday for an overhaul of its mobile payment products, according to three people familiar with the situation, who spoke on the condition they not be named because the details are confidential.

Changes include a service called Android Pay that will let merchants accept credit card payments from inside their mobile apps and can be integrated with loyalty programs at retailers, the people said. Google Wallet, a mobile commerce app, will also be reintroduced as a peer-to-peer payments app that consumers can use to send money to each other directly from their debit accounts, they said.

Status: We’ll find out Thursday.

5/18/2015: Bullet did not strike windshield of Amtrak train, investigators say

“You know when a pebble hits a windshield and it goes through a layer and the window fractures and it kind of looks like a spider web? That’s sort of what it looks like,” said a law enforcement official briefed on the investigation, who did want to be identified during a continuing investigation. “It’s a small hole, but the glass around it is broken.”

Status: Anonymous speculation

5/18/2015: ISIS fighters seized advantage in Iraq attack by striking during sandstorm

Islamic State fighters used a sandstorm to help seize a critical military advantage in the early hours of the terrorist group’s attack on the provincial Iraqi capital of Ramadi last week, helping to set in motion an assault that forced Iraqi security forces to flee, current and former American officials said Monday.

Status: Unverified

5/8/2015: The police car provides a home on the job, and a false sense of safety

One police official from Brooklyn agreed, saying, “It’s a completely vulnerable situation to be in.” The official, like others this week, spoke on the condition of anonymity to keep the focus of attention on Officer Moore, whose funeral took place on Friday in Seaford, N.Y. “You’re trapped.”

Status: VERIFIEDORNOT

5/8/2015: One constant for Adam Skelos in a life of stumbles: His powerful father


“We knew about his dad, though he never brought it up,” said one high school classmate, who, like many people interviewed for this article, requested anonymity to avoid being drawn into the investigation. “But I would get the impression that he wanted to live his life, and he didn’t want to do what was expected of him. I definitely got the sense that he knew there was going to be a certain way and there wasn’t a lot he could do about it.”

Status: Unverified

5/7/2015: Uber joins the bidding for Here, Nokia’s digital mapping service

Uber has submitted a bid for Here, the main competitor to Google Maps, for as much as $3 billion, according to three people with knowledge of the offer, who spoke on the condition of anonymity. Here is owned by Nokia, the Finnish telecom giant, which announced last month that it was considering selling the business.

Status: Unverified

5/4/2015: Apple TV remote expected to add touch pad in redesign

When Apple introduces its new TV box this summer, the remote control will gain a touch pad and also be slightly thicker than the current version, according to an employee briefed on the product, who spoke on the condition of anonymity because the device was confidential. The touch pad can be used for scrolling around and there will also be two physical buttons, the person said. The remote’s thicker size is comparable to the remote control for Amazon’s wireless speaker, the Echo, the person added.

Status: Unverified

5/3/2015: As Vice moves more to TV, it tries to keep brash voice

Now, Vice is on the verge of getting its own cable channel, which would give the company a traditional outlet for its slate of non-news programming. If all goes as planned, A&E Networks, the television group owned by Hearst and Disney, will turn over its History Channel spinoff, H2, to Vice.

The deal’s announcement was expected last week, but not all of A&E’s distribution partners — the cable and satellite TV companies that carry the network’s channels — have signed off on the change, according to a person familiar with the negotiations who spoke on the condition of anonymity because the talks were private.

— Further down in the story —

Vice’s finances are private, but according to an internal document reviewed by The New York Times and verified by a person familiar with the company’s financials, the company is on track to make about $915 million in revenue this year.

Status: Unverified

4/27/2015: CNN’s Peter Hamby is moving to Snapchat

Roughly one million people view CNN’s Snapchat Discover content every day, according to two people with knowledge of the efforts, who spoke on the condition of anonymity. A CNN spokesman declined to comment on the company’s Snapchat partnership.

Status: Unverified

4/25/2015: Russian hackers read Obama’s unclassified emails, officials say

Some of President Obama’s email correspondence was swept up by Russian hackers last year in a breach of the White House’s unclassified computer system that was far more intrusive and worrisome than has been publicly acknowledged, according to senior American officials briefed on the investigation.

Status: Unverified

4/17/2015: Chief leaves music service taken over by Jay Z

A person with knowledge of the changes, who spoke on the condition of anonymity, said that of about 100 employees worldwide, about a dozen were laid off.

Status: Unverified

4/15/2015: Dean Skelos, New York Senate Leader, and his son are said to be focus of corruption inquiry

Federal prosecutors have begun presenting evidence to a grand jury considering a case against the leader of the New York State Senate, Dean G. Skelos of Long Island, and his son, according to people with knowledge of the matter.

Status: Unverified

4/6/2015: University of Virginia fraternity to go after Rolling Stone for rape article

Ms. Erdely is working on another article for the magazine, according to a person with knowledge of the assignment, who spoke on the condition of anonymity.

Status: Unverified

4/4/2015: Outline of Iran nuclear deal sounds different from each side

“We talked to them and told them that we would have to say some things,” said a senior administration official who could not be identified under the protocol for briefing reporters. “We didn’t show them the paper. We didn’t show them the whole list.”

The official acknowledged that it was “understood that we had different narratives, but we wouldn’t contradict each other.”

Status: Unverified

3/29/2015: Germanwings crash investigators sorting through physical and psychological clues

They have learned thus far that Mr. Lubitz, the co-pilot on the flight, was dealing with psychological problems serious enough to require medication, sources with knowledge of the investigation said, which may have dogged him for many years. Antidepressants were found during the search of his apartment, as were notes from multiple doctors, one of which was torn up and thrown in a wastebasket.

Status: Unverified

3/28/2015: Germanwings pilot Andreas Lubitz sought treatment for vision problems before crash, authorities say

Andreas Lubitz, who was flying the Germanwings jetliner that slammed into a mountain in the French Alps on Tuesday, sought treatment for vision problems that may have jeopardized his ability to continue working as a pilot, two officials with knowledge of the investigation said Saturday.

Status: Unverified

3/27/2015: Jeb Bush aides consider data-selling plan

Aides to Jeb Bush are considering an ambitious data-selling system that would exist for his eventual presidential campaign and outside groups supporting it, three people briefed on the plan confirmed.

The concept is similar to the Data Trust established by the Republican National Committee and appears to be the first of its kind in a presidential campaign: an entity that will be specific to one candidate, as opposed to a pool of approved candidates or similar-minded groups.

The basic idea involves allies of the former Florida governor using an existing, for-profit entity to sell data to his eventual campaign and the political action committee and “super PAC” that will support his candidacy, the people privy to the plan said.

Status: Unverified

3/25/2015: Germanwings pilot was locked out of cockpit before crash in France

As officials struggled Wednesday to explain why a jet with 150 people on board crashed in relatively clear skies, an investigator said evidence from a cockpit voice recorder indicated one pilot left the cockpit before the plane’s descent and was unable to get back in.

A senior military official involved in the investigation described “very smooth, very cool” conversation between the pilots during the early part of the flight from Barcelona to Düsseldorf. Then the audio indicated that one of the pilots left the cockpit and could not re-enter.

Status: Verified

3/25/2015: Apple and Beats developing streaming music service to rival Spotify

In what would be the biggest change to its music strategy in years, Apple is pressing ahead with a sweeping overhaul of its digital music services that would allow the company to compete directly with streaming upstarts like Spotify.

Almost a year after agreeing to pay $3 billion for Beats, the maker of hip headphones and a streaming music service, Apple is working with Beats engineers and executives to introduce its own subscription streaming service. The company is also planning an enhanced iTunes Radio that may be tailored to listeners in regional markets, and, if Apple gets what it wants, more splashy new albums that will be on iTunes before they are available anywhere else, according to people briefed on the company’s plans.

Status: Unverified

3/23/2015: Facebook may host news sites’ content

Nothing attracts news organizations like Facebook. And nothing makes them more nervous.

With 1.4 billion users, the social media site has become a vital source of traffic for publishers looking to reach an increasingly fragmented audience glued to smartphones. In recent months, Facebook has been quietly holding talks with at least half a dozen media companies about hosting their content inside Facebook rather than making users tap a link to go to an external site.

Such a plan would represent a leap of faith for news organizations accustomed to keeping their readers within their own ecosystems, as well as accumulating valuable data on them. Facebook has been trying to allay their fears, according to several of the people briefed on the talks, who spoke on condition of anonymity because they were bound by nondisclosure agreements.

Facebook intends to begin testing the new format in the next several months, according to two people with knowledge of the discussions. The initial partners are expected to be The New York Times, BuzzFeed and National Geographic, although others may be added since discussions are continuing. The Times and Facebook are moving closer to a firm deal, one person said.

Status: Unverified

3/20/2015: Officials urge patience as hanging of black man is investigated in Mississippi

Approximately 30 federal, state and local law enforcement agents have descended upon this small Southern town to investigate the death of a black man whose body was found hanging from a tree. But two federal law enforcement officials said Friday that preliminary indications suggested that the man might have committed suicide, and the local sheriff said that there was no indication that racism had played a role.

Status: Unverified

3/12/15: Alibaba said to invest $200 million in Snapchat at a $15 billion valuation

Alibaba, the Chinese e-commerce giant, has invested $200 million in Snapchat, according to two people familiar with terms of the deal.

Alibaba’s investment values Snapchat, a three-and-a-half-year-old messaging start-up, at $15 billion, according to one of these people, who requested anonymity because they were not authorized to speak about the deal.

Status: Unverified

3/3/2015: NBC News is said to woo former chief to return

The company is in advanced discussions with its former news chief, Andrew Lack, about returning to the network, multiple NBC executives briefed on the discussions said Tuesday. An announcement is expected in the coming days.

Mr. Lack, 67, is expected to take on the leading role at the NBC News group, which includes NBC News, MSNBC and CNBC, said the people, who spoke on the condition they not be identified because the talks are continuing.

Status: Verified

2/26/15: Sale of Daily News a possibility, Mortimer Zuckerman says

The Post and The News have, in recent years, talked at length about such an agreement, according to two people with knowledge of the discussions, who declined to be named outlining confidential matters. The reason for the collapse of the talks is disputed.

Status: Unverified
Several anonymous sources in this story.

2/24/2015: Commodes, if not commutes, have improved at Port Authority Bus Terminal

A second person who checked out the women’s restroom — and who asked not to be identified because she has always wanted to be an anonymous source — reported her findings by email: “Black shiny granite-y sink. Arched faucets by Sloan. Tasteful slate gray and powder gray tiles.”

Seems reasonable to me!
Hat tip to Robert P. Baird.

2/18/15: Bush adviser may skip campaign to work for ‘super PAC’

Mr. Murphy has had discussions about joining Mr. Bush’s “super PAC,” Right to Rise, a high-dollar outfit that will work to promote his candidacy independent of an official campaign, according to people with knowledge of the conversations who spoke under the condition of anonymity to be able to speak freely about discussions within Mr. Bush’s closely held circle.

Status: Unverified

3/19/14 : Ukraine Plans to Pull Military From Crimea, Conceding Loss

“On Wednesday, there were reports from several bases that Russian forces and local militias were gathering in anticipation of seizing control, in Novoozornoe, on a lake not far from the city of Yevpatoriaa on the western coast of Crimea.”

Status: Several bases have been taken over by Russia, there has not been a complete pull-out, but this has turned out mostly accurate.

Tracking NBC News anonymous sourcing

10/11/2017: Trump Wanted Tenfold Increase in Nuclear Arsenal, Surprising Military

President Donald Trump said he wanted what amounted to a nearly tenfold increase in the U.S. nuclear arsenal during a gathering this past summer of the nation’s highest ranking national security leaders, according to three officials who were in the room.

Trump’s comments, the officials said, came in response to a briefing slide he was shown that charted the steady reduction of U.S. nuclear weapons since the late 1960s. Trump indicated he wanted a bigger stockpile, not the bottom position on that downward-sloping curve.

10/4/2017: Tillerson’s Fury at Trump Required an Intervention From Pence

Secretary of State Rex Tillerson was on the verge of resigning this past summer amid mounting policy disputes and clashes with the White House, according to multiple senior administration officials who were aware of the situation at the time.

8/16/2017: Growing sense of moral imperative to primary Trump

NEW: Sources close to @JohnKasich tell me, after Charlottesville, there is growing sense of “moral imperative” to primary Trump in 2020.

1/15/2017: Trump won’t use POTUS Twitter account

Transition sources tell me @realDonaldTrump intends to keep using his own account as president, not switching to @potus himself

8/17/2016: After Campaign Shake-Up, It’s Trump Versus the World

In some ways Lewandowski and his more permissive advice never left: Trump still talks to him daily, according to four sources.

7/15/2016: Trump Wavered on Pence Pick After News Leaked

Sources told NBC News Friday that Donald Trump was stressed over the circumstances surrounding his choice for running mate even after news of the pick leaked. While in California, separated from family and most aides, Trump worked the phones late into the evening Thursday soliciting advice and sharing his concerns. Sources familiar with the calls said Trump conveyed that he felt “backed into a corner.” Another description suggested that Trump was talking it out, but knew that he could not and would not choose a different running mate.

6/16/2016: Orlando Gunman Omar Mateen and Wife Exchanged Texts During Rampage

The gunman who killed 49 people at an Orlando gay nightclub Sunday sent a text message to his wife during the rampage, asking “do you see what’s happening?” a source close to the family told NBC News Thursday.

3/19/14U.S. Officials Deny Holding Back on Missing Jet

U.S. defense and intelligence officials strongly denied reports the United States is withholding or refusing to share any information or data with the Malaysian government regarding the missing Malaysian airliner.”

Status: Not verified

 

About “Sources Say”

This site was inspired by Margaret Sullivan, who wrote about tracking anonymous sourcing here: ‘AnonyWatch’: Tracking Nameless Quotations in The Times.

Sullivan wrote about how insidious the practice of anonymous sourcing is and how much the public despises it:

ERIC Schmitt remembers being surprised when, as a member of a Times newsroom committee on reporting practices, he was given information about what bothered readers of The Times most. It wasn’t political bias, or factual errors, or delivery problems.

“The No. 1 complaint, far and away, was anonymous sources,” Mr. Schmitt, a longtime and well-respected national security reporter in the Washington bureau, told me last week. “It goes to the heart of our credibility.”

Sources Say was created by Anthony De Rosa.

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Tracking Associated Press anonymous sourcing

6/23/2016: VW to pay near $10.2B to settle emissions claims

Volkswagen will spend about $10.2 billion to settle an emissions cheating scandal in the U.S. that has turned into one of the largest cases of corporate deception in the nation’s history.

Two people briefed on settlement talks said most of the money would go to compensate 482,000 owners of cars with 2-liter diesel engines that were programmed to turn on emissions controls during government lab tests and turn them off while on the road.

6/20/2016: Hillary Clinton’s VP search moves into more intense phase

Hillary Clinton’s search for a running mate is moving into a more intense phase, according to several Democrats, as aides contact a pared-down pool of candidates to ask for reams of personal information and set up interviews with the presumptive Democratic nominee’s vetting team.

Those on the shortlist include Massachusetts Sen. Elizabeth Warren, a favorite of progressives who has emerged as a blistering critic of presumptive Republican nominee Donald Trump; Virginia Sen. Tim Kaine, a well-liked lawmaker from an important general election battleground state; and Housing and Urban Development Secretary Julian Castro of Texas, a rising star in the Democratic Party.

Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders, Clinton’s toughest primary rival, is not on the shortlist of vice presidential candidates, according to one Democrat.

5/30/2016: Iraqi forces push into Fallujah as IS bombings kill 24

A suicide car bomber struck an outdoor market in the town of Tarmiyah, about 50 kilometers (31 miles) north of Baghdad, killing seven civilians and three policemen, another police officer said, adding that 24 people were wounded in that bombing.

And in Baghdad’s eastern Shiite Sadr City district, a bomb motorcycle went off at a market, killing three and wounding 10, police said. Medical officials confirmed casualty figures. All officials spoke on condition of anonymity as they were not authorized to release information.

11/4/2015: Bomb may have downed Russian jet, US, UK officials say

British and U.S. officials said Wednesday they have information suggesting the Russian jetliner that crashed in the Egyptian desert may have been brought down by a bomb, and Britain said it was suspending flights to and from the Sinai Peninsula as a precaution.

Intercepted communications played a role in the tentative conclusion that the Islamic State group’s Sinai affiliate planted an explosive device on the plane, said a U.S. official briefed on the matter. He spoke on condition of anonymity because he wasn’t authorized to discuss intelligence matters publicly.

4/26/2015: Palestinian operatives helped free Syria hostages

A top Palestinian intelligence official provided first details Sunday of the release of two Swedish hostages held in Syria for 17 months, saying the captors drove them to a pre-arranged drop-off point, pushed them out of the car and sped off.

Status: Unverified

3/18/2015: Secret Service knows suspect in cyanide probe

The person suspected of sending an envelope to the White House that may have contained cyanide is known to the Secret Service and has sent multiple suspicious items over the last two decades, a federal law enforcement official familiar with the investigation said Wednesday.

The official said the suspected sender has previously sent packages with rambling messages and foreign substances. The official was not authorized to discuss an ongoing investigation by name and spoke on condition of anonymity.

Status: Unverified

3/18/2015: Syria investigating circumstances of US aircraft crash

A Syrian military official said Wednesday that an investigation is underway into the alleged downing of a U.S. reconnaissance aircraft by Syrian air defenses along the country’s Mediterranean coast.

A U.S. official said Tuesday that a U.S. Predator drone went down in Syria, but that it was unclear whether it was shot down. The official, who spoke on condition of anonymity because the Pentagon had not yet announced the loss, said U.S. officials were trying to determine why operators lost control of the drone.

Status: Unverified

3/17/2015: Paul eyes April 7 to announce White House run

Sen. Rand Paul is set to make official a presidential bid that has long been expected, a senior adviser to the Kentucky Republican said Tuesday, pointing to April 7 as the kickoff date.

Status: We’ll find out April 7.

3/9/2015: Obama library decision delayed by Emanuel race

President Barack Obama will hold off on announcing the location for his future presidential library until after Chicago’s runoff election for mayor, two people familiar with the decision said, in a bid to avoid politicizing his legacy project.

Status: Unverified

3/2/2015: Democratic Sen. Mikulski to announce retirement

Sen. Barbara Mikulski, the longest serving woman in the history of Congress and a tough, no-nonsense lawmaker who rose to the top echelon of the powerful Appropriations Committee, is announcing her retirement, Democratic officials say.

3/27/14 – OFFICIAL IDENTIFIES CIVILIAN WHO SHOT NAVY SAILOR

A Navy official familiar with the investigation says the civilian who shot and killed a sailor aboard a guided-missile destroyer is a 35-year-old man who records show is a convicted felon.

The official identified the shooter as Jeffrey Tyrone Savage on Thursday. The person spoke on condition of anonymity because the person was not authorized to publicly speak about the case.

Status: Unverifed

3/19/14 – MALAYSIA, FBI PROBING DATA FROM PILOT’S SIMULATOR

A U.S. official, speaking on condition of anonymity because the official was not authorized to discuss the ongoing investigation by name, said the FBI has been provided electronic data to analyze.”

Status: Not verified, and the FBI isn’t talking about it (I asked)