Firefighters sue over hearing loss from sirens

Four Pittsburgh firefighters are suing seven companies that manufacture fire trucks or sirens, claiming they've lost hearing due to the blaring sirens.

The firefighters range in age from 38 to 62 and joined the city's fire bureau between 1975 and 2000.

They're claiming that Mack Trucks Inc., Seagrave Fire Apparatus LLC and five other firms "knew or should have known the products ... were inherently dangerous, defective and hazardous to human hearing."

The men claim they've suffered irreversible hearing loss "due to exposure to the intense noise."

The firefighters are seeking unspecified monetary damages and are not suing the city.

They contend the manufacturers should have insulated the sirens to protect their hearing and/or provided warnings about their use.


Women on Magazine Covers Only Allowed 3 Wrinkles

It's a classic retouching move, because if she were completely line-free it would be too obviously fake, while three wrinkles feels plausible in an aspirational way. Also in that playbook: Take out the sun spots, small scars, and pigmentation issues associated with pregnancy, but "leave a few freckles," to keep skin looking makeup-free.

Play down the nasolabial folds, minimize wrinkles all over the face, then keep a tiny cluster of "smile" lines around the eyes, to keep the subject warm and relatable, but not shriveled. The amazing thing is that it doesn't matter how many years over 35 a woman is, she still gets the three-wrinkle treatment. Whether you're Demi Moore at 47, Jennifer Aniston at 43, or Michelle Pfeiffer at 51, you get three wrinkles. Helen Mirren at 65 is allowed maybe five.


The Best Age to Get Married

What is the best age to get married?

According to a recent government report, more Americans are getting married later in life than ever.

But, does the decision to postpone marriage lead to happiness?

What is the best age to get married?

Experts and researchers have found that couples have the best odds of making it in the long haul if they wait until at least the age of 25 to get married. This is because education and money start working for the couple – and not against them.

Educated women feel more confident about who they are – and are less willing to settle for a man who doesn’t meet their standards.

There’s also less incentive for educated women to rush into marriage because they’re seeking financial security from a man.

All of this suggests that marrying later in life is generally better than jumping in as a teenager. (DeseretNews.com)