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NEWARK, N.J. (AP) — A guilty plea is expected today from a former political ally of New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie, in connection with the politically motivated traffic tie-ups near the George Washington Bridge in 2013. That's according to a person with knowledge of the case. David Wildstein (WYLD'-steen) was an official at the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey at the time. He arrived at federal court in Newark this morning. Two of the three access lanes in Fort Lee to the bridge were closed for four mornings in September 2013. Wildstein resigned months later amid revelations that he ordered lanes closed for political retribution.

BALTIMORE (AP) — There have been no major incidents on the third night of a curfew in Baltimore. Demonstrators are planning large protests in the city and around the country today -- adding civil rights and the slogan "black and brown lives matter" to the traditional May Day events that promote labor issues. Some community leaders are critical of Baltimore authorities for not releasing more details of the investigation into the arrest of Freddie Gray, who died a week later of spinal injuries.

NEW YORK (AP) — Stocks are moving higher in early trading as the market bounces back from a steep decline yesterday. The Dow was up by more than 100 points in the first few minutes. Most Asian and European markets were closed for a holiday today.

DETROIT (AP) — Americans still appear to be buying cars and trucks at a brisk pace. Fiat Chrysler says it posted a six percent increase in U.S. sales last month, led by record sales of Jeeps. But the results fell a little short of what analysts were expecting. All of the automakers will be reporting April sales numbers today.

LONDON (AP) — Is Britain getting a new princess? Prince Charles certainly hopes so. The monarchy and royal fans worldwide are keenly awaiting the birth of the second child of Prince William and the Duchess of Cambridge. Kate, who has said she was due around late April, now appears to be several days overdue. Prince Charles was chatting with a 100-year-old veteran at Windsor Castle yesterday when he said, "We're hoping for a granddaughter!" His son and daughter-in-law have said they don't know the gender.

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