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MLB warns players about sex pills blamed for positive PED tests

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Major League Baseball has warned players of the “very real risk” of over-the-counter sexual enhancement pills which contain banned substances, according to media reports.

In a memo sent to major league and minor league players this week, MLB warned that “[s]exual or male enhancement products present a very real risk for drug-tested players and the high likelihood for contamination or unidentified ingredients in these products underscores the importance of consuming only those products that are NSF Certified for Sport.”

ESPN, which obtained the memo, reported that use of the pills, which are often sold at gas stations, is so prevalent among players that MLB felt compelled to issue the warning.

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The league reminded players that they are subject to discipline should they test positive for banned substances. At least two players have blamed the pills after testing positive for performance-enhancing drugs. The names of the two players were not released.

“We know from experience that a number of these sexual or male enhancement products – which are sold online, at retail stores, and on the black market, both in the United States and internationally – contain anabolic steroids and other prohibited substances,” the memo said.

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“For this reason,” the memo continued, “we strongly urge players against taking any sexual or male enhancement product, from any source.”

The memo suggested that players who “suffer from erectile dysfunction or other legitimate issues related to sexual performance … speak to a licensed physician about the various prescription medications available to treat those conditions.”

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Acting DHS Secretary McAleenan: New immigration policies are key to addressing border crisis

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Newly introduced legal changes would be a significant step in addressing the “core aspect” of the immigration crisis at the southern border, Acting Secretary of the Department of Homeland Security Kevin McAleenan said Wednesday.

Appearing on “America’s Newsroom,” McAleenan made the case that after implementing the policies and repatriating those without “meritorious” claims, “we’re going to see a reduction in that flow significantly at the border.”

“It’s a key aspect of our multilayered strategy,” he told anchors Sandra Smith and Jon Scott.

The new legislation was unveiled in a press release and news conference Wednesday morning. The administration is moving to end a federal agreement that limits how long migrant children can be held in detention. They would also establish family residential facilities that he described as “campus-like” with educational, medical, and dining centers. A court fight is expected to follow.

EXCLUSIVE: ON THE BORDER, OFFICIALS SEE DIVIDENDS FROM TRUMP’S DEAL WITH MEXICO

On the release, President Trump is quoted as saying: “To protect these children from abuse, and stop this illegal flow, we must close these loopholes. This is an urgent humanitarian necessity.”

“Through July we saw 475,000 family units. That’s more than three times any previous full year arriving at our border in just ten months,” McAleenan said. “And, they’ve been coming to exploit a vulnerability in our immigration framework that says if you have a child with you, you cannot be held for more than 20 days.”

McAleenan argued that the current immigration system is incentivizing. He pointed to a recent conversation with a Guatemalan father who “basically said everybody knows that bringing a child is a passport for migration and release into the U.S. This helps us change that dynamic.”

He also cited the influx of migrants from 2014 to 2015 — 68,000 migrants according to McAleenan — in the “first family crisis” under the Obama administration: “When the initial decision was made to detain families through their proceedings by the Department of Homeland Security at that time…the message went out.”

DHS MOVES TO END LIMITS ON MIGRANT FAMILY DETENTIONS

“Families knew that they couldn’t just cross the border and be released and the numbers dropped 90 percent overnight. We do expect a very similar deterrent effect when we can demonstrate that integrity in the system and actually get immigration results,” he stated.

McAleenan also pushed back on almost immediate negative criticism from 2020 Democratic presidential candidate Julián Castro, who tweeted: “Separating migrant children from their parents is appalling—but indefinitely detaining families isn’t a better alternative.”

“He’s criticizing what the prior Democratic administration did to help establish the integrity of the administration system and address what was then an unchecked flow,” he told Smith and Scott.

The president told a gaggle of reporters at the White House on Wednesday afternoon: “President Obama had separation; I’m the one that brought [families] together.”

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“The incentives that our system has provided for families and criminal organizations to profit off of them is a much worse situation than completing an immigration proceeding in a fair and appropriate setting,” McAleenan said.

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Pedophiles in prison: The hell that would have awaited Epstein if he’d stayed behind bars

Whether Jeffrey Epstein had languished for years awaiting trial under charges of operating a child sex ring – or been convicted – life behind bars for the disgraced money man would have been a far cry from the private islands and majestic mansions to which he’d grown accustomed.

Rather, it would have been something akin to a living hell.

“Life behind bars for Epstein would not have been safe. Chomos are marked,” a white-collar convict who spent more than five years in the prison system at various levels and locations in the U.S. told Fox News. “The unspoken rule is that if you associate with a snitch or chomo, you are the same as them. Even snitches don’t want to associate with chomos, so they have to look out for each other and clique up.”

“Chomo” is prison slang for a child molester and, inmates and officers often claim, they are at the absolute bottom of the implied prison hierarchy.

“Chomos are definitely bottom, then snitches are targeted after them. Drug dealers, white-collar, common folk,” the former inmate said. “Bureau of Prisons (BOP) talks a good game, but you won’t ever provide a safe haven for a chomo in custody.”

MYSTERIOUS FRENCH MODELING AGENT, ACCUSED EPSTEIN ‘PROCURER’ WHEREABOUTS UNKNOWN AS PROBE CONTINUES

Woodrow Tripp, a polygraph expert and former criminal investigations specialist at the Georgia Department of Corrections, said Epstein hypothetically would have been given little freedom for two reasons–because he was accused of child sex crimes and because he would have been regarded as a “famous person.” He would have been kept under segregation.

And, in recent years, those found guilty of such crimes have been dealt the ultimate demise behind bars.

Late last month, convicted sex offender David Oseas Ramirez was beaten and drowned in his jail-cell toilet by his cellmate in Florida’s Duval County Jail. This past January, an inmate serving a 40-year sentence for running a global child-pornography ring was slain at a Michigan federal detention center.

Two months earlier, Clinton Don Simpson – who was accused a decade earlier of abusing more than a dozen children in his backyard – was killed at the age of 76 by a fellow prisoner in Texas. In May 2018, an inmate in California jail killed an accused pedophile – telling authorities that it was his “public service.”

In 2015, a former cop in Michigan – convicted of sexually assaulting a nine-year-old girl – was strangled by his cellmate.

“He was trying to justify why he did it and I told him to keep quiet… but he continued to talk about it, try to justify it,” the cellmate testified. “So, I got down and I hit him in his face a few times. When he fell, I wrapped a cord around his neck and I took his life.”

Another high-profile prison homicide was that of former priest John Geoghan, who was strangled and stomped to death by another inmate in a Massachusetts facility in 2003.

That’s merely the tip of the iceberg.

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“Chomos,” or child molesters, are “marked,” a white-collar convict who spent more than five years in the U.S. prison system, told Fox News.

According to the Justice Department statistics, in 2014 – the most recent data available – a total of 3,483 inmates died in state prison, 444 in federal prisons and some 1,053 in local jails. Between 2001 and 2004, 88 percent of the deaths were attributed to natural causes – with suicides, homicides, and accidents making up the bulk of the rest.

However, government data did not distinguish deaths by “commitment offense.”

A 2016 Associated Press report, focused on the California state prison system, highlighted that not only were inmates dying at a rate double the national average, but convicted sex offenders were far more likely to be killed than those convicted of other offenses.

While male sex offenders have comprised roughly 15 percent of the state’s prison population, they accounted for almost 30 percent of homicide victims behind bars.

There has been no sweeping policy regarding whether a sex offender must be placed in protective custody – also referred to as protected segregation – but it’s depended on individual cases and determinations. Targeting is likely to remain an issue.

Tommy Kilbride, a law enforcement expert and a retiree of a U.S Marshals Service regional fugitive task force, concurred that federal lockup generally has been “a bit safer than most state prisons, but the rule is, pay or he will be a victim.”

“That is,” Kilbride said, “somebody’s sex slave.”

Justin Paperny, co-founder of Prison Professors – offering training and advice to those awaiting sentencing or headed into lockup – surmised that Epstein almost certainly would have gone to a high-security prison if found guilty.

“Sex offenders are vulnerable to attacks in any prison, but especially so in a high-security prison. Regardless of where he would have served his sentence, his notoriety would have resulted in his being targeted for abuse,” he explained. “The danger would have been commensurately greater if he went to a high-security prison. It is likely he would have served his sentence in protective custody.”

AFTER EPSTEIN DEATH, GLARING LOOPHOLES IN NATIONAL SEX OFFENDER REGISTRY RAISE CONCERNS

Even so, Francey Hakes, a child protection and national security consultant and former federal prosecutor, pointed out that while Epstein most likely would have been kept with other rapists and sex offenders – if found guilty and not issued a controversial work-release as he got in his 2008 plea deal – he still may have faced the reality that sex offenders sometimes receive “contracts” by other inmates to kill fellow sex offenders.

“It is illegal for (officers) to turn a blind eye to prison violence, but I am sure it happens. The more despicable the violation committed by the prisoner, the easier it is for them to turn a blind eye,” Hakes continued. “General population prisoners see it as a badge of honor to beat, stab, rape or kill sex offenders, especially child sex offenders. They might befriend them and get their trust, then attack.”

However, Zachary Margulis-Ohnuma, a New York-based criminal defense attorney specializing in sex crimes and civil rights violations, said most issues with prison officers have resulted from them being “underpaid, overworked and poorly trained.”

“The issue is more neglect than actual rules that are enforced. Prison is a violent, dangerous, unhealthy place for all inmates,” he asserted. “Epstein was in for a world of hurt in federal custody, most likely for the rest of his life. He would have been pressured to participate in a manipulative form of sex offender treatment, ostracized and villainized and at great risk due to his wealth.”

Another Georgia-based former corrections officer also said that while most sex offenders have arrived at prison with cover stories – often claiming other crimes such as firearms charges, theft or white-collar violations including fraud – an infamous person such as Epstein never would have been afforded such anonymity.

Lenny DePaul, a retired chief inspector/commander at the U.S. Marshals Service in New York and New Jersey, underscored that Epstein may have received somewhat better treatment had he entered a plea and cooperated with U.S. officials. Had he been convicted, “life in prison would have been very tough,” DePaul said.

“Over the years, federal state and local facilities have improved their awareness of these inmates and have taken the necessary precautions to accommodate sentenced child sex offender cases – and authorities do not want any issues. It is difficult to support someone 24/7,” he emphasized. “Things happen in the yard, workout facilities and even in the chow halls that are somewhat uncontrollable.”

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But, just as security, surveillance, and research may have improved in recent times, so too has prisoners’ adaptability.

“Inmates are now more sophisticated than before,” added Alex del Carmen, a professor of criminology and criminal justice at Tarleton State University in Texas. “So, the advances we have made have been offset by the level of sophistication regarding technology.”

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‘Bachelorette’ star Mike Johnson addresses romance rumors with Demi Lovato

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Mike Johnson is setting the record straight.

The Bachelorette” star was reportedly getting flirty with singer-actress Demi Lovato after she expressed how he piqued her interest.

“Nothing [has happened],” the Air Force veteran told Entertainment Tonight. “I’m focused on the here and now,” he said.

Johnson is currently on Season 6 of “Bachelor in Paradise” and just went on a date with Caelynn Miller-Keyes — but he hasn’t necessarily eliminated Lovato from his mind.

DEMI LOVATO REEMERGES ON SOCIAL MEDIA TO SUPPORT ‘BACHELORETTE’ HANNAH BROWN AT FINALE: ‘JESUS STILL LOVES US’

He told People magazine on Monday, “We have not connected and we have not exchanged any freaky texts at all.”

The rumors started up when Lovato – who’s a huge fan of the franchise and befriended the star herself, Hannah Brown, this year – was heard on her Instagram Stories gushing about Johnson.

“Swing me, kiss me! Boo boo,” she said, and also wrote, “Mike I accept your rose.”

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“She would definitely be cool to reach out to, but neither one of us have reached out to each other,” Johnson said previously, adding, “I think she’s sexy, she’s got a nice little booty on her and she has good voice.”

A reality TV star dating a popular celebrity isn’t unheard of. Recently, “Bachelorette” runner-up Tyler Cameron has been seen on multiple dates with model Gigi Hadid. They even took a trip to upstate New York together over the weekend.

‘BACHELORETTE’ STAR TYLER CAMERON AND GIGI HADID SPOTTED ON ANOTHER DATE IN NEW YORK CITY

“Tyler is happy,” Johnson revealed to ET. “Tyler is good.”

As for the rumors about whether or not Johnson could be the next “Bachelor” star, he said, “I’m not going to lie, it’s an awesome thing for people to feel that way.” Johnson would make history on the ABC dating show as the first black man and the first military veteran to become the lead.

“I don’t get pressure either way,” he told People. “It doesn’t faze me. I mean, the most pressure I had was back in high school when I was playing football and I dropped the ball. Haven’t had pressure like that since, so it’s all good.”

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Meanwhile, longtime host Chris Harrison confirmed Johnson is in the running. “Of course he’s a contender [for Bachelor],” he said in July. “How could he not be a contender with that smile? He’s one of my favorite people we’ve ever had on the show. He’s a love of a man. I don’t know him that well, and I consider him a really good friend.”

“He’s just a sweet guy,” Harrison added. “He gives the best hugs, the best smiles and the best advice. He’s just a really good man and yeah, of course he’s a contender.”

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Trump signs executive order cancelling student loan debt for disabled veterans

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President Trump signed an executive order on Wednesday that forgives all student loan debt for any permanently disabled U.S. military veterans.

The order, which Trump signed following a speech at the American Veterans National Convention in Louisville, Ky., also clears those eligible veterans from having to pay any federal income tax on the loans. Trump added that he is pressuring individual states to follow suit.

“The debt of these disabled veterans will be completely erased,” Trump said. “That’s hundreds of millions of dollars of student loans debt for our disabled veterans that will be completely erased.”

STUDENTS, FAMILIES STRUGGLE TO REPAY BILLIONS IN CRUSHING LOAN DEBTS

The memo Trump signed directs the government to develop an “expedited” process so veterans can have their federal student loan debt discharged “with minimal burdens.” Currently, just half of the roughly 50,000 disabled veterans who are qualified to have their federal student loan debt forgiven have received the benefit because of a burdensome application process.

Under the current process, disabled veterans can have their debt forgiven under a loan forgiveness program, called Total and Permanent Disability Discharge, or TPD, as long as they have a VA service-connected disability rating of 100 percent. As of July, however, only about 20 percent of the eligible pool of veterans had taken advantage of the program due to the complicated nature of the application and other factors.

Trump’s announcement comes days after the administration hired a longtime student loan industry executive to be the federal government’s top watchdog for the student loan market. Robert Cameron will serve as the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau’s new student loan ombudsman, the bureau said Friday.

It’s a job designed to protect student loan borrowers from poor practices in the student loan industry and one of the few positions explicitly named in the Dodd-Frank Act, the law passed after the 2008 financial crisis that created the bureau. It’s considered the go-to office for borrowers who have complaints about their loans. Cameron most recently worked at the Pennsylvania Higher Education Assistance Agency, better known as FedLoan Servicing, as its head of compliance and risk mitigation.

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PHEAA has been cited for poor industry practices, most notably for how it has handled the troubled Public Service Loan Forgiveness program, a program designed to allow student loan borrowers who work in public service jobs to get part of their loan balances forgiven.

The executive order also comes as student loan forgiveness has become a major talking point among the 2020 Democratic presidential primary candidates, with contenders like Sens. Bernie Sanders of Vermont and Elizabeth Warren of Massachusetts pushing plans to completely wipe out student loan debt nationwide.

Currently, Americans hold around $1.6 trillion in student loan debt.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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YouTube pressured to kick Chinese state media ads off platform over misinformation

YouTube users are pressuring the video platform to take down advertisements for China Central Television (CCTV), a state media channel accused of spreading misinformation about pro-democracy protests in Hong Kong.

According to users who have posted screenshots of the ads to Twitter and Reddit, the ads often depict the protests as illegitimate and a product of foreign influence. The claims come on the heels of a disinformation campaign orchestrated by China against the protesters that was revealed by Facebook and Twitter.

“YouTube is infested with ads by Chinese media saying protesters are rioters and violent, while saying the police are doing a great job,” one user posted on Reddit.

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Another user wrote on Twitter: “YouTube is airing anti-democracy propaganda ads sponsored by CCTV, mainland China’s state media.”

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“CCTV is showing propaganda attacking #HKprotests in @YouTube @GoogleAds. Google, why are you helping China gov to undermine freedom of HKers with your platform?” another user named Chu Ka-cheong tweeted.

YouTube, which is owned by Google, did not immediately respond to Fox News’ requests for comment.

Twitter said in a blog post this week that it will no longer accept advertising for state media operations like CCTV. Facebook, which did not announce a new policy, said it will be “continually improving to stay ahead.” Both companies also removed a range of accounts and pages that were tied to a Chinese disinformation campaign targeting pro-democracy demonstrators.

FACEBOOK, TWITTER ACCUSE CHINA OF DISINFORMATION CAMPAIGN AGAINST HONG KONG

Hong Kong has seen growing protests over a now-shelved extradition bill, police brutality and the influence of mainland China on Hong Kong’s political process. The protests have grown larger over the last few weeks, with demonstrators bringing the semi-autonomous territory’s airport to a standstill and at times clashing with police.

According to The Verge, a number of state media organizations maintain a presence on YouTube, including China’s state-run press agency Xinhua and Russian international TV channel RT.

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Romney takes veiled shot at Trump over ‘flattery’ of Russian, North Korean leaders

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Sen. Mitt Romney, R-Utah, appeared to further criticize President Trump on Monday when he lamented how his party offered dictators “flattery.”

“The likes of [Russian President Vladimir] Putin and [North Korean leader] Kim Jong Un deserve a censure rather than flattery,” Romney said, according to The Salt Lake Tribune.

Speaking to a conservative think tank in Utah, Romney described himself as a “renegade Republican” who was aligned with the “Republican conservative philosophy.”

The 2012 Republican presidential candidate has become one of a handful of vocal dissidents within the Republican Party. “My slice of the Republican Party these days is about that big,” Romney reportedly said with his hands close to each other.

ROMNEY, ANSWERING CRITICS, SAYS COUNTRY ‘IS AS DIVIDED AS EVER’ SINCE TRUMP PRESIDENCY

Romney’s comments likely referred to a tweet from earlier this month in which Trump praised North Korean dictator Kim’s “beautiful vision for his country.”

Trump has also come under fire for complimenting Putin, as well as for his apparent refusal to confront his Russian counterpart on issues like election meddling. The former Massachusetts governor also took aim at migrant family separations — something Trump’s critics have long decried — arguing it wrote a “very dark chapter in our history.”

Romney’s comments came as the Republican National Committee, led by Romney’s niece Ronna McDaniel, lent unequivocal support for the president before the 2020 presidential election.

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In January, McDaniel joined the president in blasting her uncle after he published an op-ed lamenting Trump’s lack of “character.” Like his Monday remarks, Romney’s op-ed backed Trump’s conservative policies but indicated those formed “only a part of a presidency.”

“With the nation so divided, resentful and angry, presidential leadership in qualities of character is indispensable. And it is in this province where the incumbent’s shortfall has been most glaring,” Romney wrote in The Washington Post.

Although Romney has indicated he wouldn’t endorse Trump in 2020, he previously predicted that the good economy would help the president win his bid for re-election. Despite intraparty divisions, Trump and the rest of his party so far have formed a united front against Democratic policies that they deem “socialist.”

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“I am aligned with the Republican conservative philosophy and believe that our Democratic friends are taking us in a very different direction, which would be most unfortunate to our future,” he said.

Romney added that Democrats would create dangerous incentives if they followed through on their candidates’ promise to offer illegal immigrants health care, asking “Can you imagine the kind of magnet that would provide for people to come into our country?”

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Booker insists 2020 nominee must be more than a ‘safe bet,’ in jab at Biden

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Sen. Cory Booker took an indirect swipe at Democratic presidential nomination rival Joe Biden on Wednesday, arguing that the party’s next standard-bearer must be more than a “safe bet.”

The Democrat from New Jersey, speaking to a union crowd at a presidential candidates forum hosted by the Iowa AFL-CIO, argued that “the next leader of our party can’t be someone that is a safe bet. ‘Oh let’s just find the person who can triangulate and get this done so we can beat Donald Trump.’”

Booker then emphasized that “I’m running in this election because I know we can do more than that.”

While not mentioning the former vice president by name, it was clear Booker was talking about Biden, the front-runner in the race for the Democratic presidential nomination.

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Biden’s campaign touted their candidate’s standing as the Democratic White House hopeful with the best chance of beating President Trump in next year’s general election.

In Biden’s first TV commercial of his 2020 campaign – which started running on Iowa airwaves Tuesday – the announcer in the ad says “we have to beat Donald Trump and all the polls agree Joe Biden is the strongest Democrat to do the job. No one is more qualified.”

As the announcer speaks, graphics pop up on the screen showing a series of polls where Biden’s beating the Republican president in hypothetical 2020 matchups.

The ad started playing on Iowa TV a day after another obvious appeal to electability by the Biden campaign.

On Monday the candidate’s wife, Jill Biden, said at a campaign event in New Hampshire: “I want you to think about your candidate, his or her electability, and who’s going to win this race.

“Your candidate might be better on, I don’t know, health care, than Joe is, but you’ve got to look at who’s going to win this election. And maybe you have to swallow a little bit and say, ‘OK, I personally like so-and-so better,’ but your bottom line has to be that we have to beat Trump,” she stressed.

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Booker’s latest jab comes on the heels of other attacks on Biden by the New Jersey Democrat. Booker criticized Biden over his criminal justice record and his role in helping craft and pass the 1994 crime bill during the two weeks leading up to late July’s second round of Democratic presidential primary debates, as well as at the nationally televised prime time showdown.

Biden stands ahead of the rest of the record-setting field of some two-dozen Democratic White House contenders in an average of the latest national and early voting state polls. Booker is about five or six candidates back, hovering around 2 percent in the polls.

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Jane Seymour reunites with ‘Dr. Quinn’ love interest Joe Lando: ‘Summers with Sully’

Reunited, and it feels so good.

“Dr. Quinn, Medicine Woman” star Jane Seymour met up with her on-screen love, actor Joe Lando, two decades after the CBS series came to an end.

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The 68-year-old Seymour posted a snapshot of the heartwarming moment with fans on Instagram Tuesday. The pair got cozy on a sun-soak beach in Malibu, where Seymour proudly beamed as the 57-year-old Lando leaned in close with his hand around the star’s waist.

“Summers with Sully,” Seymour captioned the snap, referring to Lando’s character Bryon Sully.

“Dr. Quinn, Medicine Woman,” a period drama about the trials and adventures of a female doctor in a Wild West town, aired between 1993 and 1998. Over the course of the series, Dr. Quinn falls for Sully, a rugged mountain man. The series has been in syndication since then.

And while fans would love a real-life romance, the pair are nothing more than just close friends. Lando has been married to his wife Kirsten Barlow since 1997 and shares four children. Seymour was married to fellow actor James Keach from 1993 until 2015 and is a proud mom of four.

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British actress Jane Seymour (born Joyce Penelope Wilhelmina Frankenberg), as Dr. Michaela ‘Mike’ Quinn, and American actor Joe Lando, as Byron Sully, in the television series “Dr. Quinn, Medicine Woman,” June 1996. (Photo by Charles Bush/CBS Photo Archive/Getty Images)

Seymour and Lando reunited on screen for the 2011 Hallmark film “Perfectly Prudence.” The film also featured Seymour’s then-husband Keach, as well as daughter Katherine Flynn.

“It was particularly fun because I was playing mother/daughter scenes with my real daughter, and I was playing love scenes and engaging in bantering arguments with Joe Lando, who I’ve spent seven years acting with, and we actually even dated at one point,” Seymour told Chicago Parent back in 2011. “I don’t think people are aware of that.

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“We went out together when we did the ‘Dr. Quinn’ pilot,” she went on .”It was a crazy rainstorm that happened and we were flooded out of the location, and then somehow or other, we definitely had feelings for one another, and we were definitely single at the time, and we definitely became an item for a while. Well, we were together long enough to know what we’re missing, and long enough to know why we’re married to who we’re married to.

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“I think the unique part about it is that his wife and I are very good friends,” Seymour added. “He and James are really close, and all our families, his boys and my boys, it’s a wonderful relationship we all have. We’re really close and we have a lot of miles under our belts. We’ve been through a lot, through thick and thin together… Joe and I really get along well.”

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On the border, officials see dividends from Trump’s deal with Mexico

LAREDO, Texas  – When people think of the southern border, it may bring to mind a vast, open desert, flecked with cacti and etched by a thin trail of fencing.

Not so here in Laredo Sector, where the Rio Grande narrows and separates the bushy banks of Mexico and the U.S. by mere feet of water. Migrants, predominantly adult men from Mexico rather than the Central American families common in other sectors, take advantage of the low river surrounded by trees. They know, as do the smugglers who assist illegal immigrants, that if they scramble across the water and into the trees, they are a short sprint from disappearing in Laredo amid its many fast-food restaurants, tiny houses and money exchanges.

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But lately, the crisis-level surge in crossings has eased.

On an airboat tour Tuesday, accompanied by Fox News, Border Patrol members carved through the Rio Grande looking for trouble, slowing down occasionally to peer into the trees. This time, they didn’t find it.

That’s not to say the migrants aren’t crossing – they are – but the numbers are down significantly from the levels seen in the spring. And while the furious heat of the summer months is a factor in discouraging migrants, Sector Chief Patrol Agent Felix Chavez says that the Trump administration’s push to get Mexico to cooperate with immigration efforts has paid dividends.

“We’ve been monitoring the apprehension numbers closely, specifically going back 70 days before June 10 and 70 days after June 10,” Chavez told Fox News. “And what we’ve seen here in Laredo Sector is a reduction in 30 percent in our apprehension numbers, southwest border-wide numbers are down 38 percent.”

Trump announced in May that June 10 was the date he would impose tariffs on Mexico if it did not help the U.S. combat the migration crisis. Trump ultimately suspended the tariffs days before after a deal was reached that included Mexico taking “unprecedented steps” to boost enforcement, including deploying its National Guard, while the “Remain in Mexico” policy by which asylum applicants were returned to Mexico for their hearings was expanded.

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In Laredo, the distance between Mexico and the U.S. is just a short, but risky, swim. (Adam Shaw/Fox News)

Officials at Laredo’s Border Patrol sector on Tuesday briefed U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) Acting Director Ken Cuccinelli, who is visiting the border this week as part of his efforts to understand the immense migration challenge, on the status of their efforts.

“Much like yesterday when we viewed the Remain in Mexico courtrooms that are being put up, it’s really just a granular understanding of how things are working on the ground as opposed to how we all talk about it on paper in Washington,” Cuccinelli told Fox News.

Results are being seen across the entire border. CBP said this month that it encountered 82,049 people in July, down 21 percent from June when there were 104,344 people and down 43 percent from May. The number of families and minors crossing the border also dropped.

Chavez says that, along with efforts by the DHS toward further collaboration with Central American governments, it is helping reduce the once-overwhelming flow.

“So ever since June 10, I think a lot of things have been happening. DHS has done a lot in terms of what they have been doing with Central America, we’ve seen Mexico come to the table, we’ve also seen the Migration Protection Protocols,” he said, referring to the official name of the “Remain in Mexico” policy. “So all those things need to continue.”

Officials emphasize that this is not a case of “crisis over.” Summer months have in years past seen respites in migrant flows, only to see them pick up again once the mercury drops. And the numbers are still stark. In the fiscal year overall, the number of apprehensions is up, while 70 migrants have died in Laredo Sector — mainly because of the heat, but some drown in the deceptively gentle-looking Rio Grande. Agents have also made 2,470 rescues in fiscal 2019, preventing the number of deaths from being significantly higher.

Border Patrol officials say they need more infrastructure as well as changes in the law related to trafficking, the asylum process and the Flores agreement that limits how long minors can be detained. A change expanding that detention time was announced by DHS Wednesday morning, though this led to criticism that it amounted to a “cruel attack on children” by allowing the government to “put more kids in jail for longer.”

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Earlier Tuesday, Cuccinelli had a bird’s-eye view of the border when he went on an operational mission conducted by Customs and Border Protection’s Air and Marine Operations (AMO), which conducts air and maritime missions at the border and in the nation’s interior. Fox News accompanied him.

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In Rio Grande Valley, parts of the border have fencing to stop migrants crossing. (Adam Shaw/Fox News)

In that sector, numbers have dropped from a high of approximately 2,400 a day in May to approximately 800 a day currently. But again, agents weren’t celebrating, and neither was Cuccinelli — not yet anyway. In the chopper, soaring above seemingly endless acres of Texas desert, farmland and swamp, he watched as the chopper diverted course, dove close to the ground and helped agents locate and capture a handful of migrants moving in the summer heat.

The mass caravans are less frequent now than they used to be, but they still come. Earlier this month in New Mexico, agents apprehended nearly 200 migrants, the second-largest group apprehended in August. In May, the Border Patrol apprehended 48 groups of 100 migrants or more; this month they picked up fewer than five.

Cuccinelli praised Trump’s efforts in bringing Mexico to the table: “He took a tactic that none of his predecessors, Democrat or Republican, before him have taken and it’s been very successful.”

“Here they were swamped in May, we’re still at crisis numbers, but it seems so low compared to May and those crossings and apprehensions continue on a genuine downward decline,” he told reporters after the flight.

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USCIS Acting Director Ken Cuccinelli speaks to Border Patrol officials ahead of an operational mission. (Adam Shaw/Fox News)

Cuccinelli, who has made sweeping changes to the U.S. legal immigration system since becoming acting director of USCIS in June, said that further cooperation – including a recent “safe third country” deal with Guatemala – are all tools needed to keep the numbers dropping.

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“Integration in the region — not just here in the U.S. and in Mexico but in the Northern Triangle as well and beyond — is coming together slowly but surely to help all of us work together to have the tools to keep driving down the raw numbers that have really created the crisis on our southern border,” he said.

Fox News’ William La Jeunesse contributed to this report.

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