Space Shuttle Endeavour Launches; Bomb Threat in Central London; Bill Would Ban Fake Neighborhood Names


Happy Monday! The forecast calls for rain for the next 5 days. Hopefully the world doesn’t end on Saturday so we can have a rain-free, partly cloudy Sunday. [Weather]

Space shuttle Endeavour is scheduled for lift-off today at 8:56 a.m. for its last mission. Along with an estimated 500,000 others, Gabrielle Giffords is there to watch. Her husband, Mark Kelly, is commanding the mission. The launch of Endeavour had originally been scheduled for April 29 but was scrubbed due to a problem with the shuttle’s heater. Update: Endeavour has launched! [CNN]

Nasdaq and Intercontinental Exchange are withdrawing their $11 billion bid for the parent of the New York Stock Exchange, NYSE Euronext, because they would not get regulatory approval for the purchase. [NBC NY]

A bomb warning was received relating to central London; the warning has been linked to Irish dissident republicans. [BBC, Sky]

Earlier today R train service was suspended in Brooklyn after a man was hit and killed at at 59th Street and Fourth Avenue. Service is now restored. [NYP]

Olympic marathon champion Sammy Wanjiru of Kenya has died after falling from a balcony at his home. Authorities are investigating whether it was a suicide (his wife had come home to find him with another woman). [NYT]

There’s an app — and a video game — for bedbugs now. [Jeremiah’s]

A bill would ban fake NYC neighborhood names (BoCoCa?) [FIPS]