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UCLA players flying home from China after Trump talked to Xi

UCLA freshmen Jalen Hill (left), Cody Riley (center) and LiAngelo Ball were allegedly involved in a shoplifting incident in China. Photo: AP

Three UCLA basketball players, who were arrested in China on suspicion of shoplifting last week, are headed back home today, hours after President Trump said he asked Chinese President Xi to help their case, per Reuters.

Staff for Delta Airlines confirmed that the players had boarded a flight from Shanghai to Los Angeles.

What Trump told Xi over dinner in Beijing, per a pool report: "What they did was unfortunate. When I heard about [what happened] two days ago, I had a great conversation with President Xi... He was terrific, and they're working on it right now."