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Paul Manafort trial, ‘Crazy Rich Asians’ hits theaters: 5 things to know Wednesday

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Published 4:31 a.m. ET Aug. 15, 2018

Lawyers deliver final arguments in Manafort trial 

After lawyers for Paul Manafort told a federal judge that they would offer no witnesses in defense of the former Trump campaign chairman in his bank and tax fraud trial, the case is ready to head directly to final arguments, which are scheduled to begin Wednesday. Each side is likely to get two hours, so it’s possible jury deliberations could start that same afternoon. The case is not directly related to Russia’s election meddling, but as the first trial brought by Robert Mueller, it’s an important test for the special counsel whose legitimacy has been repeatedly questioned by President Donald Trump and his supporters. 



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The defense in former Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort’s tax and fraud trial has rested its case without calling any witnesses. AP’s Chad Day explains. (Aug. 14)
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Italy bridge collapse: Nation in mourning as death toll rises 

Italian authorities raised the death toll Wednesday in the collapse of a highway bridge in the northwestern city of Genoa. Local media reported at least 35 people were killed after the Morandi Bridge crumbled under torrential rain. The 147-foot-tall bridge, built in the 1960s, according to the BBC, is a main thoroughfare connecting the A10 highway that goes toward France and A7 highway that continues north toward Milan and Liguria beaches.  Bridge traffic may have been heavier than usual because Italians were starting to celebrate the summer holiday known as Ferragosto, beginning Wednesday. It represents the height of the season, and most city governments and businesses close as people head out to the beaches and mountains. 

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South Korean president calls for single economic community with North 

South Korea’s leader, Moon Jae-in, called for a single economic community between North and South Korea on Wednesday, saying that closer railway, energy and economic cooperation would bring peace and prosperity to Northeast Asia. “We must overcome division for our survival and prosperity,” Moon said at a ceremony marking South Korea’s independence from Japanese rule in 1945. He said the first step would be to physically reconnect road and rail connections with the North by the end of the year. He also proposed the creation of an “East Asian Railroad Community,” which would connect the two Koreas, China, Japan, Russia and Mongolia, and would turn into an energy and economic bloc that would include the United States.

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‘Crazy Rich Asians’ hits theaters

The big-screen adaptation of Kevin Kwan’s best-selling 2013 novel marks an important moment for Hollywood. For the first time in 25 years, an Asian-led contemporary-set studio film will arrive in theaters Wednesday. The film stars Rachel Chu (played by Constance Wu), an Asian-American NYU economics professor who falls for her low-key colleague, Nick Young (played by Henry Golding). The new couple travels to Singapore to meet Young’s family, worth billions. “I get unexpectedly emotional at times because this is bigger than all of us,” said actor Ken Jeong of the film’s debut.



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The cast of “Crazy Rich Asians” gathers around the dinner table to talk about their favorite dishes growing up.
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Like money? These are the jobs for you 

If you are looking to make the big bucks, tech is your best bet, according to Glassdoor. The jobs and recruiting website found that 13 of the 25 highest paying jobs in America are in tech, up from 11 in last year’s report. In that field, the highest paying jobs include enterprise architect ($115,944 median base salary), software development manager ($108,879 median base salary) and software engineering manager ($107,479). Overall, physician jobs are the highest-paying gigs ($195,842 median base salary); pharmacy manager is second ($146,412) and pharmacist is third ($127,120).

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