Why fewer NFL players are being arrested since 2014
No other year in NFL history was quite as busy for law enforcement as 2006. NFL players were arrested or cited at least 71 times for various alleged crimes, including 10 incidents for the Cincinnati Bengals alone and 20 arrests for players suspected of driving drunk.
The problem got so bad that the league was forced to crack down on it after hiring Roger Goodell as the NFL’s new sheriff that August.
But it didn’t quite work. Another surge of criminal cases disrupted the league in 2013 and 2014, prompting it to revamp its strategy.
And now the NFL is learning just how well it’s holding up this time, based on nearly four years of data since its new policies took hold in 2015. Some of the results are striking:
► NFL player arrests and criminal citations have dropped to about 38 per year since then, compared to about 57 per year in the 10 years prior, according to an analysis of the USA TODAY Sports database of more than 900 such incidents involving players since 2000.
► Arrest rates for drunken driving and domestic violence both have fallen in step. DUI arrests are down to about nine per year since January 2015, compared to 15 per year from 2005-2014. Domestic abuse arrests dipped from about seven per year from 2005-2014 to about five per year since 2015.
► And the Bengals have had only four known incidents since then, cooling their bad boy image after a rash of incidents in the previous decade.
“I think we’re a much more enlightened population, and that makes us stronger and better and I think also has an impact on actions,” said Anna Isaacson, the NFL’s senior vice president for social responsibility. “I think you see the results in actions by incidents going down.”
Nobody’s celebrating, however. The league still considers one arrest to be too many, even if that might not realistic. At the same time, the data shows that the league experienced a watershed year in 2014, leading to changes that seem to be lasting.
That September was when a video went viral of running back Ray Rice punching his then-fiance in a casino elevator. The outrage that erupted over his lenient two-game suspension soon hurled the league into a public relations crisis, compelling it to crack down on player conduct again and toughen its approach to domestic abuse.
The past four years also marked a transformation in punishment and prevention for driving drunk. That same September, the league and players union agreed to two-game suspensions for first-time DUI offenses instead of fines. Meanwhile, ride-share services such as Uber and Lyft have exploded in popularity, making it easier to get home safely after partying.
Last year, the players union announced a partnership with Lyft in which active players would be eligible to receive $250 in ride credits.
“People want to go out; people want to have a good time,” Philadelphia Eagles receiver Jordan Matthews said. “But I think Uber and Lyft and things like that have done a great job giving people that opportunity to not putting other people in danger.”
That and other changes by the league have led to a significant reduction in such incidents, though some issues persist and some teams do better than others. While the Bengals appear better behaved, the Green Bay Packers and New York Jets lead the league with 11 arrests or citations since 2015. The Minnesota Vikings and Denver Broncos have the most incidents since 2000 with 51 and 50, including three and five since 2015, according to the database.
To provide context on player conduct issues that have challenged the league, USA TODAY Sports has tracked NFL arrests and criminal citations of active NFL players since 2000. Some incidents come to light later or avoid detection. The list of 900-plus incidents are overwhelmingly misdemeanor cases, often resulting from traffic stops, with drunk driving remaining the league’s biggest criminal problem – about 25% of all NFL arrests.
The problem turned especially tragic in December 2012, when Dallas Cowboys defensive lineman Josh Brent drove drunk and crashed in an accident that killed his teammate and passenger, Jerry Brown. Brent was convicted of intoxication manslaughter in 2014. The NFL toughened its DUI punishment later that year.
“You don't want to be the guy that's putting a black eye on your team,” Jets offensive tackle Kelvin Beachum said. “And I think organizations as a whole have made a point that if you do this, you may not be the guy for us. And the leash for some people is not as long as it is for others. So it's a give-and-take for both ends, the organization and the players understanding the ramifications and consequences for some of the things that go along with DUI arrests and things of that nature."
The league had at least 35 combined DUI arrests in 2012 and 2013, compared to about 20 over the last two years, part of a culture change that emphasizes both prevention and increased accountability.
Take the case of Jameis Winston. Early one morning in 2016, the Tampa Bay quarterback got into the front seat of a ride with Uber. Though he may have prevented a DUI arrest by not getting behind the wheel, the female driver accused him of grabbing her crotch in the car while waiting in line at a drive-thru restaurant in Arizona.
Winston wasn’t arrested or charged with a crime. But the NFL investigated and concluded Winston had touched the driver in an inappropriate and sexual manner without her consent, a form of sexual assault, which is another big emphasis now in the league’s annual social responsibility education program for players and staff.
The NFL then punished Winston with a three-game suspension that ended last month. He apologized to the driver and said, “I have eliminated alcohol from my life.”
Isaacson said the league’s beefed-up educational programs are designed to help players and staff gain broader understanding of sexual assault and domestic violence beyond just “how to stay out of trouble.”
“The purpose is (players and staff) need to understand these issues and know how they can affect your community, when you need to speak up if you see something, how you can help people who may be effected, and what actions you can take as an everyday citizen,” she said. “That’s a very different mindset than we were in, in 2014.”
This has helped the league also make progress with domestic abuse, part of which might be measured by the dip in arrests for such cases since 2015. Tougher punishment plays a role, too. Before the Rice video aired, the NFL had been historically lenient on domestic violence cases, usually never punishing a player with more than a one- or two-game suspension.
The NFL since increased the discipline for first-time offenses to six-game suspensions, even if the player hadn’t been arrested, subject to various circumstances. Last year, the league handed down a six-game ban for Dallas Cowboys running back Ezekiel Elliott, who hadn’t been arrested but still was punished by the league based on domestic abuse evidence it found to be credible.
It was another example of the NFL holding players to an elevated standard that goes well beyond the requirements of the criminal justice system, often with pushback from players and their union.
The league often has pointed out that its player arrest rate historically has been lower than that of the general population, even during its worst years for arrests, a claim that is supported by a 2015 study conducted by the University of Texas Dallas involving males ages 20-39.
USA TODAY Sports also found that roughly one-third of NFL arrest cases lead to acquittal or charges being dropped without punishment. The remaining two-thirds end up with some type of legal punishment after plea deals, convictions or diversion programs. Beyond that, thousands of players participate in the league each year without incident.
But the crises of four to five years ago still demanded more from the league. Big criminal cases especially can dominate the public conversation about the league, as they did with the Rice video or when tight end Aaron Hernandez was charged with murder in 2013, less than a year after he signed a five-year contract worth up to $40 million.
“It was critical that the NFL responded to the high-profile, high-visibility cases in the manner they did,” said Alex Piquero, a criminologist at UT Dallas who has conducted research on NFL player arrests, including this year on how crime in college predicts violent crime in the NFL.
Protecting the NFL shield – its image and brand -- is why it matters to Goodell and team owners. Their players are highly paid public figures who attract media attention with any incident involving police. Sponsors and consumers are paying attention, even if it always will be a work in progress with new young men coming into the league each year, usually around age 21.
“Just like any organization, the NFL would probably prefer that their players are not arrested at all,” Piquero said in an e-mail. “However … I also do not think it is very realistic. Evidence from general population studies in criminology show that roughly a third will have some type of criminal justice contact, usually arrest, by their mid-20s. Although I am not sure I would view such an arrest percentage as necessarily successful, I would argue that these estimates provide a type of baseline of what we may expect.”
“We feel it’s trending in the right direction,” Isaacson said.
October 11, 2018
Sources: USA Today
t in the capital they fell by 0.2 per cent in the year ending in August, the Office for National Statistics said.</p><p>And the South East of England more broadly saw the lowest rate of growth across the UK, with prices increasing by a very modest 1.9 per cent over the year.</p><p>Experts say house hunters are fleeing the capital because of its sky-high prices and setting up home elsewhere to get better value for money.</p><p>While fears over Brexit and that the UK could crash out of the Brussels bloc without a deal has also helped cool the market.</p><p>Property prices in London fell over the past year amid signs that Britain's booming property market is finally cooling down, figures out today show</p><p>The ONS said: 'Over the past two years, there has been a slowdown in UK house price growth, driven mainly by a slowdown in the south and east of England. </p><p>'The lowest annual growth was in London, where prices decreased by 0.2 per cent over the year, down from being unchanged in the year to July 2018.'</p><p>The statistics body said that London and the South East has seen a 'sustained slowdown' in house prices. </p><p>House prices in England increased by 2.9 per cent in the year to August 2018, down from 3.3 per cent in the year to July 2018.</p><p>The average price of a home in England is now £250,000. </p><p>House prices in Wales increased by 6.2 per cent over the last 12 months to reach £162,000. </p><p>In Scotland, the average price increased by 4.1 per cent over the year to stand at £153,000. </p><p>The average price in Northern Ireland currently stands at £133,000, an increase of 4.4 per cent over the year.</p><p>In England, the East Midlands saw the biggest house price growth - up 6.5 per cent over the year.</p><p>The West Midlands was next at 5.1 per cent while Yorkshire and the Humber followed at 3.7 per cent.</p><p>Jeremy Leaf, north London estate agent and a former residential chairman of the The Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors, said: 'It confirms what we are finding on the ground, in other words a relatively flat market with no signs of major change up or down.</p><p>Across the UK the cost of homes grew by 3.4 per cent, but in the capital they fell by 0.2 per cent in the year ending in August, the Office for National Statistics said.</p><p>'Certainly, a clearer regional pattern is emerging as buyers seek better value for money outside London whereas prices in the capital continue to drift down.</p><p>'Looking forward, we are starting to see first-time buyers taking advantage of reduced competition from landlords for smaller properties, a trend which we hope will receive further encouragement in the Chancellor's Budget later this month.</p><p>'This, combined with the fastest growth in wages in ten years and lower inflation figures, are encouraging for the market.'</p><p>Jonathan Harris, director of mortgage broker Anderson Harris, said: 'House-price growth in London has been flat for the past six months and with Brexit on the horizon, this is unlikely to change in the short term. </p><p>'The housing market thrives on confidence and there is just too much uncertainty around.</p><p>'Transaction numbers are low as buyers hesitate and take a wait and see attitude unless they really have to move. </p><p>'However, with mortgage rates continuing to be low as lenders compete for year-end business, those who do take the plunge will find some great deals to tempt them.' </p><p> The views expressed in the contents above are those of our users and do not necessarily reflect the views of MailOnline. </p><p>Do you want to automatically post your MailOnline comments to your Facebook Timeline?</p><p>Your comment will be posted to MailOnline as usual.</p><p>Do you want to automatically post your MailOnline comments to your Facebook Timeline?</p><p> We will automatically post your comment and a link to the news story to your Facebook timeline at the same time it is posted on MailOnline. To do this we will link your MailOnline account with your Facebook account. We’ll ask you to confirm this for your first post to Facebook.</p><p>Part of the Daily Mail, The Mail on Sunday & Metro Media Group</p>
c nuisance by climbing onto lorries at a site in Lancashire have been freed by the Court of Appeal, after appeal court judges slammed their jail sentences as 'manifestly excessive'.</p><p>Soil scientist Simon Blevins, 26, and teacher Richard Roberts, 36, were both jailed for 16 months, while piano restorer Rich Loizou, 31, was given 15 months in September.</p><p>Support for the trio has been flooding in and actress Emma Thompson said 'brave souls will resist' when governments behave contrary to science. </p><p>The protesters stand outside Preston Crown Court ahead of their sentencing on September 25</p><p>Simon Blevins (left), 26, Richard Loizou (centre), 31, and Richard Roberts (right), 36, were jailed</p><p>Quashing their jail terms, the Lord Chief Justice Lord Burnett said: 'We have concluded that an immediate custodial sentence in the case of these appellants was manifestly excessive.</p><p>'In our judgment the appropriate sentence which should have been imposed on September 26 was a community order with a significant requirement of unpaid work.</p><p>'But these appellants have been in prison for six weeks.</p><p>Judge Robert Altham jailed the trio after they spent days illegally sitting on top of lorry cabs</p><p>'As a result, and only for that reason, we have concluded that the appropriate sentence now is a conditional discharge for two years.'</p><p>Supporters in the packed courtroom, who had gathered outside for a demonstration before the hearing, erupted into applause as the decision was announced.</p><p>The judge said the court would give full reasons for its ruling at a later date.</p><p>The appeal was supported by human rights organisation Liberty and environmental campaign group Friends of the Earth.</p><p>A fourth activist, Julian Brock, 47, from Torquay, was sentenced to 12 months in custody, suspended for 18 months, after he admitted public nuisance.</p><p>The trio climbed on to lorries outside energy firm Cuadrilla's fracking site in Little Plumpton, Lancashire, in a protest last July which lasted almost 100 hours.</p><p>The three, who were the first environmental protesters to be imprisoned since 1932, were convicted of public nuisance following a trial at Preston Crown Court and had been held in Preston prison. </p><p>Kirsty Brimelow QC, who acted for the three, said their legal teams will consider whether to challenge their convictions on the basis of 'apparent bias' by Judge Robert Latham, who conducted the trial and sentenced the activists. </p><p>Protesters gathered outside the Royal Courts of Justice in London (left). Rich Loizou (right) was one of three protesters who had been jailed for causing a public nuisance after they climbed on to lorries outside a fracking site</p><p>Activist, writer and actress, Emma Thompson said: 'It’s unbelievable that at the very moment scientists tell us to speed up closing down fossil fuel industries, the UK government has decided to start a new one. And it’s not just climate experts who think fracking is a terrible idea.'</p><p>'The local people don’t want it, the general public don’t want it, and the government is having to change the law to force it down our throats. When a government behaves contrary to science, reason and public opinion, it’s inevitable that some brave souls will resist. </p><p>'I’m truly grateful to the three activists for doing what we should all be doing – trying to protect our children’s future from fossil fuelled disaster. Thank God the courts have seen sense and freed them!' </p><p>In response to the sentences Greenpeace UK's executive direction John Sauven said the verdict was major cause for celebration, not just for activists, but for everyone whose home, community and climate are threatened by reckless industrialisation. </p><p>'Britain's justice system has long recognised the vital contribution peaceful protest makes in a democracy, and we thank the High Court for upholding that principle. This is still a country where dissent is tolerated and speech is free.</p><p>'There is still great need for brave voices to speak truth to power. The government has been ruthless in their determination to push fracking onto a deeply unenthusiastic nation. </p><p>'Property rights have been removed, protections lifted, regulations weakened, and the security state has thrown millions at shielding this loss making industry from growing public opposition.</p><p>'If the government continues to follow this approach, they will meet more and more resistance, from climate scientists, from activists, from local government, from voters, and from their own backbenches.</p><p>'This case should be seen as a signal that they have pushed too hard and too far against public opinion for a democratic government.'</p><p>Last week Cuadrilla was given the go-ahead to start work at the site following a failed High Court bid by campaigners to block fracking due to safety concerns.</p><p>After the ruling, Platon Loizou, father of one of the three, said: 'We are just delighted. Today justice has really been done.</p><p>'We should not be here in the first place, but what's done is done. We have now got to concentrate our efforts on stopping fracking in this country.</p><p>'It is the wrong thing to do and we should never have been doing it in the first place.' </p><p> The views expressed in the contents above are those of our users and do not necessarily reflect the views of MailOnline. </p><p>Do you want to automatically post your MailOnline comments to your Facebook Timeline?</p><p>Your comment will be posted to MailOnline as usual.</p><p>Do you want to automatically post your MailOnline comments to your Facebook Timeline?</p><p> We will automatically post your comment and a link to the news story to your Facebook timeline at the same time it is posted on MailOnline. To do this we will link your MailOnline account with your Facebook account. 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nks to online shop Yandy, the same people who gave us (and then thought better of) the Sexy Handmaid costume. The costume, which retails for $49.95, gets its inspiration from the Givenchy wedding dress worn by the former Meghan Markle.</p><p>Named the "American Princess Costume," the look includes a form-fitting minidress with Meghan's signature bateau neckline and all the bridal fixings like a veil and tiara. However, the costume does not include the "Deal or No Deal"-inspired briefcase as pictured on the site, a nod to Meghan's time as a model on the game show. </p><p>While the outfit may read a little more "Givencheap" than Givenchy, they do say imitation is the most sincerest form of flattery... *inserts shrug emoji*. </p><p>If Duchess Meghan is on your list of possibilities for this year's Halloween costume, check out the gallery below for all of the details on the look from her big day. However, you probably don't have enough time left to recreate Meghan's ornately embroidered, 16-foot veil, which took hundreds of hours to make.</p>
sion.</p><p>The Republican National Committee raised $56 million in the third quarter of 2018, including $26.2 million in September — a record amount for one month in a non-presidential election year, according to new report.</p><p>Republicans fighting to save their congressional majorities are sure to welcome the strong results amid their anxiety that they are being overwhelmed by Democratic money in House races.</p><p>The RNC brought in an extra $12 million as a result of 175,000 new online donors, the news outlet reported. RNC officials attributed the fundraising spike to the party’s network of 200,000 volunteers spread across 28 states.</p><p>Meanwhile, President Trump enjoys an unprecedented $18 million fundraising haul from July to September via his own re-elect operation and an ongoing joint effort with the GOP.</p><p>According to Federal Election Commission filings released Monday, his campaign has more than $106 million in its coffers — 34 times more than President Obama had toward his re-election effort at a similar point in 2010.</p><p>The Democratic National Committee, which has yet to release its third-quarter numbers, has lagged behind its GOP counterpart all year.</p><p>It raised about $116 million from the start of the year through the previous quarter, according to its last report, and had about $8 million saved up at the end of July.</p><p> News Corp. is a network of leading companies in the world of diversified media, news, and information services. </p>
gary for alleged breaches of democratic values.</p><p>MEPs voted to start infringement after a European Parliament report concluded government clampdowns on judicial independence, freedom of expression, minority rights and NGO activities constituted a “systematic risk” to fundamental EU values.</p><p>But Mr Orban is countering the launch of the so-called Article 7 sanction mechanism by claiming it is an act of revenge by a liberal European elite trying to punish a eurosceptic Hungary and its hardline stance against immigration.</p><p>The prime minister’s spokesman Zoltan Kovács said: “You have to recognise what is going on. This is a political attack.</p><p>“It is not on the government — we all know it is on the country.”</p><p>The nationalist leader is going to launch an informal referendum by post on family policy and government efforts to raise Hungary’s low fertility rate.</p><p>Mr Orban has held similar polls before, including one to stop civil society groups funded by billionaire George Soros.</p><p>Another example was on its hardline immigration stance which Mr Kovács said elicited 3.1million replies for an electorate of 8.2m people.</p><p>But critics say the consultations are propaganda tools for the government which already exercises tight control of the media.</p><p>One western diplomat said they are “bullshit” and full of “rigged questions”.</p><p>Mr Orban is using the population decline to suit his political narrative.</p><p>He told Hungarian radio: “In the European Union they simply solve this problem by saying that demography is a science of numbers, and that there is a shortage of people. ‘Let us replace them with people from elsewhere’.</p><p>“What we can say is that we do not want numbers: we want Hungarians. We want as many children as possible to be born, and for that we need families. And for each family, if possible, we need a mother and a father — a man and a woman.”</p><p>But some activists suspect the proposed consultation will be used to mobilise public opinion behind curbs on abortion or same-sex marriage.</p><p>Gay marriage is already prohibited under constitutional amendments which were passed in 2011 by Mr Orban’s government.</p><p> See today's front and back pages, download the newspaper, order back issues and use the historic Daily Express newspaper archive. </p>
signed Wednesday amid accusations by 20 women of sexual harassment during his previous career as one of the country's most prominent news editors, becoming the most powerful man to fall in India's burgeoning #MeToo movement.</p><p> Akbar said in a statement that he would "challenge false accusations" in a personal capacity, referring to a criminal case he filed Monday against the first woman to accuse him.</p><p> Akbar, 67, first served as a lawmaker for India's then-ruling India National Congress party between 1989 and 1991. He then edited The Telegraph, The Asian Age and other newspapers and wrote several books of nonfiction, becoming one of the most influential people in the Indian news media.</p><p> Akbar maintained a low profile after joining India's Ministry of External Affairs in July 2016 as its junior minister, representing India overseas at multinational conferences.</p><p> On Wednesday he thanked Modi, who had remained silent about the allegations, for the opportunity to serve in public office.</p><p> In India's deeply conservative society, the #MeToo movement began belatedly but has picked up steam in recent weeks. Since September, Indian actresses and writers have flooded social media with allegations of sexual harassment and assault by their superiors and colleagues.</p><p> Other women in media have alleged that Akbar interviewed job candidates in hotel rooms at night; groped, massaged and forcibly kissed young interns and employees; and offered young women choice out-of-town postings so that he could go visit them there.</p><p> On Sunday, returning from an official visit to West Africa, Akbar denied the allegations as "false, baseless and wild."</p><p> The following day, dozens of members of the Congress Party's youth wing clashed with police outside Akbar's New Delhi home, demanding his resignation.</p><p> Akbar then filed a criminal case against Ramani and released a statement in which he questioned his accusers' motives.</p><p> "Why has this storm risen a few months before a general election," he asked.</p><p> Modi is hoping to remain in power in elections due early next year.</p><p> On Tuesday, 20 women signed a statement asking the court hearing Akbar's case against Ramani to allow them to give their own testimonies against him.</p><p> Ramini wrote on Twitter on Wednesday: "As women we feel vindicated by MJ Akbar's resignation. I look forward to the day when I will also get justice in court #MeToo"</p><p> Arti Jerath, a journalist and political commentator who is not among Akbar's accusers, said his resignation should have come earlier.</p><p> "The fact that he chose to brazen it out, he became an embarrassment to himself and an embarrassment to the government," she said. "I am glad that he is finally gone."</p>
Cop in tense exchange with boys carrying BB gun: 'Do you think I want to shoot an 11-year-old?'
Ohio, police officer lectures two young boys in a roadside stop about the danger of them carrying around a realistic BB-gun, saying he could have killed them.</p><p>Officer Peter Casuccio came upon the boys on the sidewalk in Columbus on Saturday in response to a call about two young black males carrying a gun.</p><p>The boys, clearly chastened during the stern exchange, lean against a bridge guardrail while Casuccio explains how the encounter could have ended in disaster.</p><p>On the tape, released Tuesday by the Columbus police department, one of the boys says he hadn't been showing anyone the gun, he was only holding it.</p><p>"You can't do that dude, in today's world," Casuccio says. "Listen, that thing looks real."</p><p>In 2016, another Columbus police officer responding to reports of a robbery at gunpoint, killed a 13-year-old boy who drew what turned out to be a BB gun with a laser site.</p><p>As the boys apologize, Casuccio asks their age. One boys says he is 11 and the other 13.</p><p>"Do you think I want to shoot an 11-year-old? Do you think I want to shoot a 13-year-old?" Casuccio asks them. The boys reply, "No, sir."</p><p>"Do I honestly look like the type of dude that wants to shoot anybody?" he asks. Again, the boys reply, "No, sir." </p><p>"But do I look like the type of dude that would shoot somebody?" he asks.</p><p> Casuccio, who tells them he had overseas served in the military, says he prides himself on being a "pretty bad hombre. Because I got to be." Then he warns: "Don't make me."</p><p>The video includes an exchange later between the officer and the mother of one of the boys.</p><p>Casuccio tells her that when he pulled up and saw one of them with the gun, "I'm not going to lie to you, doing cop stuff, I drew up on them."</p><p>The officer tells the mother that her son "freaks out" and starts to pull the BB gun out of his waistband.</p><p>"He could've shot you for that, you know that?" the mother is heard telling her son. Casuccio says that when the gun fell, he realized for the first time that it was just a BB gun.</p><p>"Regardless of what people say about the dudes wearing this uniform, we care, we legitimately care," Casuccio tells the boys. </p><p>"The last thing I ever want to do is shoot an 11-year-old, man. Because your life hasn't even gotten started yet. And it could've ended. Because I wouldn't have missed," Casuccio tells the boy.</p><p>"I could've killed you. I want you to think about that tonight when you go to bed. You could be gone. Everything you want to do in this life could've been over," he says.</p><p>Later, the boy, accompanied by is mother, tells CBS News that he regrets carrying the gun.</p>
'Friends' forever! Courteney Cox would 'do anything' to act with the former cast
r neck fantastic"?</p><p>Courteney Cox, who embodied the neat freak, yet "breezy" Monica Geller for ten seasons on "Friends," says she would love to reunite with her co-stars, but predicts it'll never happen.</p><p>“People ask us all the time, ‘Will we ever do a remake?’ " Cox, 54, told People Magazine at an event in New York Monday. "That was a story about these group of people that are friends in their 30s who are finding themselves. I don’t know if there’s a way to redo it.”</p><p>“I just don’t see it happening," Cox reiterated to the outlet. "Even though I would do anything to be in a room with all of those people acting and having a great time. But I don’t see it happening.”</p><p>The former "Cougar Town" star isn't the only "Friends" cast member to address the topic of reboots. </p><p>For InStyle's September issue, Jennifer Aniston shared that she and Cox, along with their former co-star Lisa Kudrow "talk about" a reboot.</p><p>"I fantasize about it," she admitted. "It really was the greatest job I ever had ... I know Matt LeBlanc doesn’t want to be asked that question anymore. But maybe we could talk him into it. Or we just give it some time and then Lisa, Courteney, and I could reboot 'The Golden Girls' and spend our last years together on wicker furniture."</p>
sion.</p><p>MOSCOW — Russian officials said an explosive device killed at least 13 people and injured at least 50 others Wednesday at a vocational college in Crimea and called it a possible terrorist attack.</p><p>Yet Russian news media reported that at least some of the victims died in an attack by an unidentified gunman or gunmen. Russian officials wouldn’t confirm those reports.</p><p>Russia’s National Anti-Terrorism Committee said the blast at the college in the city of Kerch in eastern Crimea was caused by an unidentified explosive device. Emergency officials initially had said the blast was caused by a gas explosion.</p><p>Sergei Melikov, a deputy chief of the Russian National Guard, said the explosive device was homemade. Russia’s Investigative Committee, the nation’s top investigative agency, said the device that went off at the college’s canteen was rigged with shrapnel.</p><p>The committee’s spokeswoman, Svetlana Petrenko, said 13 people were killed and about 50 were injured. Most of the victims were students.</p><p>Explosives experts were inspecting the college building for other possible bombs, according to Anti-Terrorism Committee spokesman Andrei Przhezdomsky.</p><p>Russian President Vladimir Putin’s spokesman, Dmitry Peskov, told reporters that officials are looking into a possible terrorist attack. He did not elaborate. Peskov said Putin has instructed investigators and intelligence agencies to conduct a thorough probe and offered condolences to the families of the victims.</p><p>Olga Grebennikova, director of the vocational college in Kerch, told KerchNet TV that men armed with automatic rifles burst into the college and “killed everyone they saw.” She said students and staff were among victims.</p><p>The Komsomolskaya Pravda newspaper quoted student Semyon Gavrilov, who said he fell asleep during a lecture and woke up to the sound of shooting. He said he looked out and saw a young man with a rifle shooting at people.</p><p>“I locked the door, hoping he wouldn’t hear me,” the paper quoted Gavrilov as saying.</p><p>He said police arrived about 10 minutes later to evacuate people from the college and he saw dead bodies on the floor and charred walls.</p><p>The head of Crimea, Sergei Aksyonov, and Russia’s Health Minister Veronika Skvortsova headed to the area to coordinate assistance to the injured. Military units were deployed around the college.</p><p>Russia annexed Crimea from Ukraine in 2014, a move that triggered Western sanctions. Russia has also supported separatists fighting the Ukrainian government in eastern Ukraine, a conflict that has left at least 10,000 people dead since 2014.</p><p> News Corp. is a network of leading companies in the world of diversified media, news, and information services. </p>
sion.</p><p>WHITEVILLE, N.C. — A North Carolina state trooper has been shot and killed, and a suspect is in custody.</p><p>State highway patrol spokesman Michael Baker says the suspect fired several shots as the trooper approached his vehicle during a traffic stop around 12:15 a.m. Wednesday. He died at a local hospital.</p><p>Baker says the suspect fled to Fair Bluff, where he was pursued by police until his vehicle became disabled on railroad tracks. The suspect fled on foot and was taken into custody around 4 a.m.</p><p>The identities of the trooper and suspect weren’t immediately released.</p><p>The trooper was shot on U.S. 701 near Whiteville, in southeastern North Carolina. Fair Bluff is around 20 miles west of Fair Bluff, close to the South Carolina state line.</p><p> News Corp. is a network of leading companies in the world of diversified media, news, and information services. </p>