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BRUSSELS (AP) — The Latest on explosions at Brussels airport and metro station (all times local):

1:50 p.m.

Police in the Netherlands say they have halted an international train from Brussels to Amsterdam at a station just one stop from the Dutch capital's busy Schiphol Airport as a precaution and are searching the train and its passengers.

Local police said on Twitter that Hoofddorp station had been evacuated and will stay closed until the investigation is completed. Passengers were being put up in nearby hotels.

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OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — The Libertarian Party is now certified as an official political party in the state of Oklahoma.

Oklahoma election officials on Monday confirmed the group gathered more than 30,000 valid signatures from registered Oklahoma voters, more than enough to certify as an official party in Oklahoma. The group needed 24,745 signatures to be recognized as a political party.

The recognition means citizens can run as members of the Libertarian Party for all partisan offices in the state.

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TAHLEQUAH, Okla. (AP) — One of the two men accused in the fatal shooting of a Cherokee County rancher in July has been found competent to stand trial.

The Tahlequah Daily Press reports that 25-year-old Paul Dean Newberry had been ordered to undergo a competency evaluation after reports that he attempted to commit suicide in the Sequoyah County jail.

He was found to be competent as he appeared before District Judge Darrell Shepherd last week.

 

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Supreme Court won't take up a dispute over whether an image on Oklahoma's license plates showing an Apache warrior shooting an arrow contains a religious message.

The justices on Monday let stand an appeals court ruling that threw out a pastor's lawsuit claiming the plates endorse a polytheistic religion.

The image comes from a famous bronze sculpture that depicts an Indian shooting an arrow skyward in hopes that the "spirit world" or "rain god" will answer prayers for rain.

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WASHINGTON (AP) — The Supreme Court has rejected an effort by Nebraska and Oklahoma to have Colorado's pot legalization declared unconstitutional.

The justices are not commenting Monday in dismissing the lawsuit the states filed directly at the Supreme Court against their neighbor.

 

 

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Oklahoma legislators in the coming week will address suggested changes to education standards written to replace the "Common Core" requirements.

The Legislature ordered the changes two years ago amid criticism that the Common Core requirements were part of a federal mandate.

The Oklahoman reported that some are criticizing the new standards, saying they aren't specific enough, but Senator Ron Sharp questions whether legislators have the necessary expertise to weigh in. The Republican from Shawnee is a former teacher.

 

PERRY, Okla. (AP) — Three earthquakes have rattled towns in northern and central Oklahoma.

The U.S. Geological Survey says a 3.0 magnitude quake struck Sunday at about 3:54 p.m. near the town of Perry in northern Oklahoma.

Earlier, another 3.0 magnitude temblor hit around 3:30 a.m. near Fairview in the northwestern part of the state.

A 3.0 magnitude quake shook near the town of Yale in north-central Oklahoma at about 2:15 a.m.

There were no immediate reports of damage or injuries.

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CATOOSA, Okla. (AP) — Emergency crews have extinguished a tank fire inside a building at the Tulsa Port of Catoosa.

The Tulsa Fire Department says the blaze was reported around 9:30 a.m. Sunday inside a steel galvanizing business on the 2,000-acre industrial park. The blaze was put out in about a half-hour.

There were no reports of injuries.

Port authority officials say the plant was empty when the fire started.

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 A former Tulsa police officer accused in the off-duty fatal shooting of his daughter's boyfriend was expected back in court Monday. However, the status hearing has been rescheduled till May.

Attorneys for Shannon James Kepler have asked the district judge presiding over the case to recuse herself, but she has denied that request.

This is just the latest delay in the case. Kepler had been scheduled to go on trial in January for the 2014 death of 19-year-old Jeremey Lake, but the trial was delayed while Kepler's attorney asked for a new judge.

 

NORMAN, Okla. (AP) — Forecasters say weather conditions will be ripe early this week for the spread of wildfires throughout central and northeastern Oklahoma.

The National Weather Service has issued a Red Flag Fire Warning for today and a Fire Weather Watch for Tuesday as south winds return this week along with much warmer temperatures. The watch extends into northwestern Arkansas for both days.

Forecasters say afternoon relative humidity values should fall below 25 percent in some locations — resulting in dangerous fire weather conditions.

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