What we’re watching Tuesday

BY newsdesk  November 12, 2013 at 10:55 AM EDT

Lance Cpl. Alan Randall and a Philippine Air Force airman assist an injured Filipino woman off a KC-130J Super Hercules at Vilamore Air Base in Manila. The U.S. Marines are assisting the Philippine government with humanitarian aid and disaster relief in the wake of Typhoon Haiyan. Creative commons photo via flickr user DVIDSHUB.

Good morning. Here’s an overview of some of the top stories we’re watching Tuesday:

Typhoon Haiyan
The official death toll reaches 1,774, with another 2,487 hurt. Up to 10,000 are feared dead.

This is the is the Philippines’ fifth natural disaster in a single year, increasing the difficulty of relief efforts.


Health Care
The Affordable Care Act’s website, HealthCare.gov, enrolled 40,000 to 50,000 people in private health insurance plans by the end of last week. The New York Times reports that worries over the inability to fix the ACA site are creating a situation where some major health insurance companies “are pushing the government to create a shortcut that would allow them to enroll people entitled to subsidies directly rather than through the federal system.”


Garment Workers
An estimated 40,000 garment workers protested in Bangladesh after being offered wages equaling $66.25 a month. The 77 percent raise would still be the lowest minimum wage in the world. The workers are asking for $100 a month.

The Bangladesh Garment Manufacturers and Exporters Association, which represents 4,500 factories, urged the government not to implement the raise, saying $66.25 per month was too high.

Dozens were injured during the protests over poor working conditions and low pay in an industry that annually earns Bangladesh $20 billion in exports yearly, according to the Washington Post.

Similar protests in Cambodia left a bystander dead and injured at least 20 garment workers.


Gay Marriage
The Hawaii Senate is expected to easily pass a bill Tuesday legalizing gay marriage, which would allow same-sex couples to wed on the islands starting Dec. 2.


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