Make us your home page
Instagram

Today’s top headlines delivered to you daily.

(View our Privacy Policy)

Sharpton denies he was an informant

Sharpton denies he was an informant

The Rev. Al Sharpton acknowledged Tuesday that he helped the FBI investigate New York Mafia figures in the 1980s, even making secret recordings that appeared to help bring down mob boss Vincent "the Chin" Gigante. But at a news conference, Sharpton insisted he never considered himself a confidential informant, despite a report identifying him as such in recently released court records posted on the Smoking Gun website. Sharpton told reporters that he went to federal authorities after low-level mobsters warned him and others they would be harmed if they continued to compete for a stake in the music business. "We were threatened, and that's not a new story," Sharpton said, noting that he wrote about it in his 1996 book, Go and Tell Pharaoh. A spokesman for the FBI's New York office declined to comment.

U.S. lawmakers slow to hire vets

Members of Congress often urge federal agencies and the private sector to hire military veterans, but a survey suggests they rarely follow that advice with their personal staff. The survey, released on Tuesday, found that veterans made up less than 3 percent of the staff in the congressional offices that responded. The survey was conducted by HillVets, an organization of veterans serving in government that hopes to increase their number on Capitol Hill. Slightly more than half of the 535 congressional offices responded to the survey.

In Uruguay, pot will go to inmates

Prisoners in the jails of Uruguay will be able to use marijuana if a doctor says it will benefit their health. Uruguay's drug czar, Julio Calzada, said Tuesday that any inmates with doctors' orders will be prescribed marijuana to their improve physical or mental health. In December, the country's lawmakers voted to legalize and regulate marijuana.

Associated Press

BY THE NUMBERS

$15M

Price that the founder of Glock firearms, Gaston Glock of Austria, paid for a stallion named London — one of the priciest purchases of its kind. The 12-year-old horse, a show-jumper, won two silver medals at the 2012 Summer Olympics.

Sharpton denies he was an informant 04/08/14 [Last modified: Tuesday, April 8, 2014 9:34pm]
Photo reprints | Article reprints

Copyright: For copyright information, please check with the distributor of this item, Associated Press.
    

Join the discussion: Click to view comments, add yours

Loading...
  1. Lt. Gov. Lopez-Cantera won't run for Congress

    Blogs

    Florida Lt. Gov. Carlos Lopez-Cantera has decided not to run for Rep. Ileana Ros-Lehtinen’s seat in Congress, though he may seek another office in 2020.

    Florida Lt. Gov. Carlos Lopez-Cantera.
  2. From the food editor: 'MasterChef' winner Shaun O'Neale talks cooking at Epcot's International Food and Wine Festival

    Cooking

    There are certain reliable signs that fall is on the way. Nothing in the weather department, of course, but other markers that usher in the celebratory final months of the year. One of those things is the Epcot International Food and Wine Festival, which happens annually in Orlando, seemingly longer and more jam-packed …

    Chicken Wings with Sweet Potato Puree. Photo by Michelle Stark, Times food editor.
  3. Mike Evans stands behind Michael Bennett

    Blogs

    Bucs receiver Mike Evans was signing autographs for children after Bucs practice on Saturday. As he signed, he talked about Seattle defensive and former Buc Michael Bennett, who last Friday sat during the national anthem and who says he will continue to do so to fight racial injustice.

    Mike Evans, left, hauls in a pass in front of cornerback Vernon Hargreaves.
  4. Man, I miss Planet Simeon

    Blogs

    Simeon Rice, right, works with Bucs defensive end Ryan Russell.