Morning Links: U.S. Warns Americans Traveling to Europe of Terror Threat; LIRR Boasts Most Unreliable Train in New York


The U.S. State Department has issued a travel alert warning Americans of the potential for terrorist attacks in Europe, particularly with regard to public transport and tourist venues. Japan issued a similar warning to its citizens today. These alerts follow information from officials that Al Qaeda may be planning “Mumbai-style” attacks in Germany, the UK, and France. [NPR]

London Tube workers have staged a second 24-hour strike over planned job cuts, with employees walking out Sunday evening. [BBC]

The U.K.’s Robert G. Edwards has won the 2010 Nobel Prize in medicine for developing in-vitro fertilization. There are now about 4 million in-vitro babies/kids/adults running around. [WSJ]

The most unreliable train ever, apparently, is the LIRR No. 1062, leaving at 5:41 p.m. from Penn Station to Seaford, LI. It’s been canceled or halted seven times since July 1, “more than any other of the 1,431 daily trains operated by the MTA’s Metro-North or LIRR.” The most delayed train is the LIRR No. 131, from Babylon Station to Penn Station at, ideally, 4:39 p.m. every day. It’s been late 27 times since July 1. [NYP]

The imam behind Park 51, the Islamic community center and mosque near Ground Zero, has received death threats, along with his wife, confirm police. Meanwhile, the first official renderings of the building have been released. [NBC NY]

Two Brooklyn men were found shot to death in a parked car at 19th between Park and Broadway just after 4 a.m. this morning. It’s believed they may have been in an altercation at a nearby nightclub beforehand. [NYDN]

Gossip Girl will be filming on Essex Street until Wednesday. [Bowery Boogie]