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The 5 at 5: Friday

5 minutes, 5 stories, 5 o’clock.
Aug 24th 2012, 4:52 PM 5,610 1

EVERY EVENING, TheJournal.ie brings you five things you should know by 5pm.

1. #NEW YORK: The New York Police Department has confirmed that up to ten people have been injured and two killed during a shooting outside the Empire State Building in Manhattan this morning. The city’s mayor Michael Bloomberg said it appears that a disgruntled employee who was fired yesterday returned to his former workplace and shot the manager in the head.

After the attack, the shooter fled on foot and was identified to police officers by a construction worker who had followed him down the street. The shooter then drew his gun at police and they returned fire, killing him, said Bloomberg.

2. #NORWAY: A court in Norway has ruled that Anders Behring Breivik, who killed 77 people in Oslo last summer, must spend the next 21 years in prison. A panel of five judges has found unanimously that Breivik is criminally sane and must therefore serve his sentence in jail, rather than a mental hospital. Breivik has said he will not appeal the verdict as it was handed down by a court which supports multiculturalism and, therefore, is not one he recognises as legitimate.

3. #IBRC: The Irish Bank Resolution Corporation (formerly Anglo Irish Bank) has announced a €724 million loss for the first six months of 2012 in its interim report. After a net interest income of €538 million, the bank’s operating profit for the period was €359 million before certain disposals and provisions of over €1 billion.

4. #CHILD FATALITIES: New research by the Road Safety Authority has revealed a 77 per cent reduction in the number of child fatalities on Ireland’s roads between 1997 and 2010, as well as a 39.6 per cent reduction in serious injuries over the same period. However, the RSA’s Child Casualties Report revealed that, of the 252 children passengers who lost their lives during this time, one in three was not wearing a seatbelt or a child restraint.

5. #SILVIO: A German star known as ‘Queen Bee’ for her organising role at Silvio Berlusconi’s raunchy parties said in an interview on Friday that she is pregnant by the former Italian prime minister. Berlusconi, 75, has not commented on the claim and Began declined to say what his reaction has been. She added however that Berlusconi was currently “very depressed” and was keen to get back to the political scene.

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