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)

 

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