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."

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Post-debate poll finds Biden strong on every major issue

Joe Biden speaks Friday about "The Biden Plan to Beat COVID-19," at The Queen theater in Wilmington, Del. Photo: Drew Angerer/Getty Images

This is one of the bigger signs of trouble for President Trump that we've seen in a poll: Of the final debate's seven topics, Joe Biden won or tied on all seven when viewers in a massive Axios-SurveyMonkey sample were asked who they trusted more to handle the issue.

Why it matters: In a time of unprecedented colliding crises for the nation, the polling considered Biden to be vastly more competent.

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The murder hornets are here

A braver man than me holds a speciment of the Asian giant hornet. Photo: Karen Ducey/Getty Images

Entomologists in Washington state on Thursday discovered the first Asian giant hornet nest in the U.S.

Why it matters: You may know this insect species by its nom de guerre: "the murder hornet." While the threat they pose to humans has been overstated, the invading hornets could decimate local honeybee populations if they establish themselves.