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Morning, folks. Here are the nine big stories you need to know today.

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EVERY MORNING, TheJournal.ie  brings you the nine stories you need to know with your morning coffee.

1. #TUAM BABIES: The Catholic Archbishop of Tuam has said that the archdiocese did not have any involvement in the running of the mother and baby home in Tuam where 800 children were buried. He urged the Bon Secours nuns to take responsibility for their actions.

2. #ONGOING SEARCH: A manhunt is underway in Canada after three police officers were shot dead. The suspect is still at large and people in the Moncton area have been urged to stay indoors.

3. #UNDER PRESSURE: Minister for Health James Reilly has told a Fine Gael meeting that he did not have any support from Cabinet colleagues on the medical cards issue, RTE reports. There has been increased pressure on Minister Reilly over the handling of the cards.

4. #NEW JOB: The US is expected to confirm today that a Missouri lawyer called Kevin O’Malley is to be the next American ambassador to Ireland. The post has been left unfilled for the past 18 months since the last ambassador left.

5. #MIX-UP: A woman who was mistakenly told she was HIV positive after her blood test was mixed up with that of another person at St James’s Hospital in Dublin has been awarded more than €57,000 by the High Court, The Herald reports.

6. #UP NORTH: Queen Elizabeth and Prince Philip are to visit Northern Ireland for two days later this month, Buckingham Palace has confirmed. The two are expected to meet with political leaders during their trip.

7. #LUCKY ESCAPE: A US military jet crashed into a residential street in California last night, destroying two homes but somehow managing to avert any injuries. The pilot ejected safely just before the crash.

8. #CONGRATULATIONS: Irish writer Eimear McBride beat stiff competition – including from author Donna Tartt – to win the £30,000 Baileys Prize last night for her acclaimed novel A Girl Is A Half-Formed Thing.

9. #NEW BIRD: Researchers at Trinity College Dublin have discovered a new species of bird on an island in Indonesia. The group want to call the bird the Wakatobi flowerpecker, which is possibly – POSSIBLY – the greatest bird name ever.

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