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GOOD MORNING

The 9 at 9 Good morning! Here’s nine things to know before your brekkie…

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

1. #USA 2012: Voters in the United States of America have given President Barack Obama a second term in the Oval Office after a hotly-contested election campaign. TheJournal.ie live-blogged all the action through the night – and continues to examine this morning’s reaction.

2. #USA 2012: In other election news, Republicans will keep control of the US House of Representatives, while Democrat Elizabeth Warren has won back Ted Kennedy’s old Senate seat in Massachusetts.

Wisconsin Democrat Tammy Baldwin has become the first openly-gay member of the Senate on the same day that Washington, Maryland and Maine voted to legalise same-sex marriage. In another liberal move, Colorado and Washington said yes to opening a pathway to legalise marijuana.

3. #MISSING: A man arrested in connection with the murder of pregnant woman Aoife Phelan has been released without charge. According to a number of newspapers this morning, Gardaí believe the 31-year-old was beaten to death and her body thrown over a bridge and into the river Barrow.

4. #SELLAFIELD: A UK public spending watchdog has warned that the cost of decommissioning and cleaning up Sellafield has spiralled out-of-control. More worryingly, it said nuclear waste at the plant poses “significant risks to people and the environment”.

5. #EAST COAST: In the aftermath of the devastation of superstorm Sandy, the East Coast of America is bracing itself for another bout of bad weather today. RTÉ reports that some areas of New York and New Jersey have been evacuated ahead of expected strong winds, rain and sleet.

6. #BANKERS: The former chief of AIB has told the Irish Times he will take a cut of up to €75,000 in his annual pension. Eugene Sheehy had come under serious pressure in the past few days following comments from An Taoiseach Enda Kenny and a letter from current CEO David Duffy.

7. #AER LINGUS: As Ryanair continues in its full throttle bid to take over its rival, Aer Lingus has reported an “excellent” 2012 so far, noting an operating profit of €90.09 million for the three months to the end-September.

8. #SYRIA: Talks between UK officials and Syrian rebels are currently being organised, Downing Street revealed last night. However, BBC News reports that a spokesman ruled out the possibility of arming President Bashar Assad’s opposition.

9. #RETURNED: Bolivia has handed back a 700-year-old mummy of a toddler to Peru. Authorities intercepted a small package two years ago after a Bolivian citizen tried to ship the antiquity to France in a cardboard box.

(AP Photo/Peruvian Ministry of Culture)

  • Over on DailyEdge.ie: Celebs slagging Romney, J-Lo gets a maid fired, and Kim Kardashian in bikini SHOCKER… It’s The Dredge

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