Juan Pablo Montoya received $2,449,055 in an awards ceremony for his victory in the 99th Indianapolis 500 after the Colombian won the fourth-closest finish in race history. Montoya, whose only other Indy 500 triumph came as a rookie in 2000, took the lion's share of the overall purse of $13,397,315 for his Sunday triumph over 200 laps at the 2.5-mile (4km) Indianapolis Motor Speedway oval. Montoya edged reigning IndyCar series champion Will Power of Australia by 0.1046 of a second at the checkered flag after the two and fourth-place Scott Dixon of New Zealand exchanged the lead five times over the final 11 laps.
A fire at a nursing home in central China has left 38 people dead and six injured, officials and reports said Tuesday. The fire broke out on Monday evening in an apartment building at a privately owned old people's home in Pingdingshan, the state news agency Xinhua said. It was put out an hour later, China News Service said.
US warplanes were scrambled to escort an Air France passenger jet flying from Paris to New York, following one of several threats against commercial aircraft that proved to be unfounded. Flight AF022 landed at JFK airport without incident after being escorted to land by two F-15 fighter jets ordered to accompany the aircraft as a precaution by NORAD, the joint US-Canadian monitoring force. The FBI said the plane was searched upon landing and the threat had turned out to be false.