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National news briefs — compiled Dec. 15

SAN DIEGO

Navy to increase sonar tests

The U.S. Navy plans to increase sonar testing over the next five years, even as research it funded reveals worrying signs that the loud underwater noise could disturb whales and dolphins. Reported mass strandings of certain whale species have increased worldwide since the military started using sonar half a century ago. Scientists think the sounds scare animals into shallow waters where they can become disoriented and wash ashore, but technology capable of close monitoring has emerged only in about the last decade. Navy officials said they considered the latest research available, but none proves the activities cause significant harm to the marine populations.

CROWN POINT, IND.

2 struck, killed on roadside

A man married less than seven hours was killed along with a stranded motorist he stopped to help in the snow when they were struck by several vehicles, authorities say. William “Riley” Knight, 49, was driving with his wife, Nikki, on the way from their wedding reception to a hotel when the accident happened about 11:45 p.m. Saturday. They saw a woman who had slid off the road in the snow. Knight and the other driver, Linda Darlington, 42, were standing by the side of the road when they were struck by one vehicle, and then two more, the Lake County sheriff’s office said. Nikki Knight, a registered nurse, said when she got to the wreck, neither Knight nor Darlington had pulses

YORKTOWN HEIGHTS, N.Y.

Fire guts guitarist’s house

A suburban house owned by former KISS lead guitarist Ace Frehley was heavily damaged in a fire Saturday, local media reported. Firefighters arrived to find flames burning through the roof. The musician had been fighting foreclosure on the property in Westchester County Court. The Red Cross helped a resident with emergency lodging. A neighbor said a caretaker had been living in the home. It was not clear where the 62-year-old founding member of the famed rock band was at the time of the blaze. He played with the group until 2002.

Compiled from wire reports.



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