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The Pulse: Senate passes ENDA

In Thursday's edition of "The Pulse," the Senate approves the Employment Non-Discrimination Act; a typhoon slamming into the Philippines; and Twitter now open for business on the stock market.
In Thursday's edition of "The Pulse," the Senate approves the Employment Non-Discrimination Act; a typhoon slamming into the Philippines; and Twitter now open for business on the stock market.

The Senate approves a bill protecting the LGBT community in the workplace. The Employment Non-Discrimination Act would protect gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender employees at work. The Democratic-led chamber passed on a 64-to-32 vote today. But it still has to be considered in the house-- where there's strong opposition to the bill.

Big changes may be coming to our food.The Food and Drug Administration now says artificial trans fats are no longer safe-- or necessary. These can be found in things like french fries-- desserts-- even pizza. Many fast-food chains have already stopped using these, anyway-- though that doesn't make them healthier. The FDA has opened a 60-day "comment period" to get more information.

A typhoon heads for the Philippines. Forecasters say the storm will hit a central province already devastated by a recent earthquake. Typhoon Haiyan -- already packing winds up to 195 miles an hour. The typhoon is expected to pick up strength over the Pacific-- before slamming into the eastern Philippines Friday.

Twitter-- open for business. The social media site went public today-- and shares are doing well. Twitter shares opened 73 percent above initial offering price-- and briefly topped Facebook's stock price. Market traders appear to be taking their investments from other social media holdings into Twitter-- Facebook, Yelp, LinkedIn and Zynga-- all down more than a percent.

The CMA awards.... Among the highlights... Country star Miranda Lambert took home her fourth consecutive female vocalist of the year award, Meanwhile, her husband Blake Shelton took home his fourth consecutive male vocalist of the year award. He also won album of the year. Music legend George Strait taking home the top honor of entertainer of the year,

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