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The 9 at 9: Friday

Everything you need to know as you kick off your Friday…

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EVERY MORNING, TheJournal.ie brings you the nine stories you need to know as you kick off your day.

1. #IT’S A NO: Scotland has rejected independence. We’re awaiting the final result following counting overnight, but it’s looking like a 55 to 45 per cent margin. Turnout is being estimated at a massive 86 per cent.

2. #CONCEDING: First Minister Alex Salmond has said he expects all of Scotland to accept the result, but that people will now expect Westminster to come good on its promises.

3. #GUN ATTACK: There’s been a mass shooting in the US state of Florida. A 51-year-old man killed six of his grandchildren and his adult daughter before turning the gun on himself.

4. #PREFAB SPROUT?: Sinn Féin councillors in Dublin have been advised by their strategists to back a contentious plan to house people in prefabs, the Irish Independent reports. It could be a ‘temporary solution’ the councillors were told.

5. #REBELS: US President Barack Obama has welcomed the backing of Congress for his $500 million plan to aid moderate rebel groups in Syria, the BBC reports.

6. #UNLUCKY: RTÉ journalist Philip Boucher Hayes had his recording equipment stolen, after he was mugged while covering the Scottish referendum. He had to pay £200 to get it back. 

7. #BACK IN THE PARK The position of US ambassador to Ireland has been filled, having been vacant for 22 months. The Senate last night approved the appointment of President Obama’s nominee for the role, Kevin O’Malley.

8. #LOCKDOWN: A nationwide lockdown is under way in Sierra Leone to try and halt the spread of Ebola, CNN reports. No-one is being allowed to leave their home for the next three days.

9. #THE OUTLOOK: So how’s the weather looking? A foggy morning, with some hazy sunshine — but then heavy, thundery downpours later. Top temperatures of 21 degrees.

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