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  • Bay Bridge Lightning Strike (Photo: Phil McGrew/Flickr)

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    The San Francisco Bay Area has been buffeted by bad weather lately, and as a rare thunder storm rumbled through, photographer Phil McGrew thought to set up his camera and snapped rare sight: Eight bolts of lightning hitting the Bay Bridge.

    The San Francisco currency trader, who took up photography two years ago, set up his camera from his office in San Francisco, and set the lens to a long exposure. He wrote on Flickr, "This shot has been on my list since moving to San Francisco. Unfortunately, I've only seen lightning 3 times in the 2 years I've lived here. Tonight, I got lightning in 3 seperate 20 second exposures. This is a single exposure."

    The photo shows each of the four towers of the bridge that connects the East Bay with San Francisco lit up with lightning against the murky sky and rain-spattered window.

    McGrew told the Daily Mail: "You can count the strikes, the Bay Bridge has four distinct towers and you can see the lightning hitting each tower."

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    It may have only been a routine traffic stop on an ordinary day near Hanoibut Nguyen Manh Phan wouldn't let his man get away, as this article written in Vietnamese describes.

    Second Lt. Phan was directing vehicles in front of a hospital in Ba Vi district outside Hanoi on Monday when he asked a 39-seat passenger coach to stop for inspection.

    The driver refused to show his paperwork and drove off. Phan leaped onto the front as the bus reached a top speed of about 30 mph, said an officer speaking on condition of anonymity, citing official policy.

    A YouTube video shows Phan standing on the front bumper of the bus, clutching the windshield wiper, as oncoming traffic whizzes by.

    Police and residents gave chase. The driver, Phung Hong Phuong, pulled over after covering more than a half mile. Phuong later told police he fled because he was afraid of being fined for being on the wrong side of the road.

    A Ba Vi district official was quoted as saying that an angry mob tried to beat Phuong up

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  • UPDATE: [9:20pm ET]: This story will be updated as events unfold.


    • U.S. officials say they believe the launch failed.
    • U.N. Security Council is meeting Friday to discuss a response.
    • This is the third failed attempt at an orbital launch since 1998.



    Defying international pressure, North Korea launched a long-range missile Friday morning. However, U.S. officials say they believe the attempted launch failed before the missile was able to leave the Earth's atmosphere.

    U.S. officials confirm that a North Korean long-range missile appears to have broken apart midair after launch. Officials say they believe the missile fell apart within the Earth's atmosphere before crashing into the sea.

    "Despite the failure of its attempted missile launch, North Korea's provocative action threatens regional security, violates international law and contravenes its own recent commitments," White House Press Secretary Jay Carney said in a statement.

    "The President has been clear that he is prepared to engage constructively with North Korea.  However, he has also insisted that North Korea live up to its own commitments, adhere to its international obligations and deal peacefully with its neighbors," Carney said.

    Japan's Defense Minister Naoki Tanaka has backed U.S. reports that the launch failed. "We have confirmed that a certain flying object has been launched and fell after flying for just over a minute," Tanaka said.

    South Korea's Defense Ministry first reported the launch, which is seen as defying international warnings and widely viewed as a provocation from the rogue state.

    The U.N. Security Council will meet Friday to discuss a response to the North's attempted launch.

    South Korea Defense Ministry spokesman Kim Min-seok told reporters in a nationally televised news conference that the rocket was fired at 7:39 a.m, local time Friday. "We suspect the North Korean missile has fallen as it divided into pieces minutes after liftoff."

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