Cruise, Holmes announce their engagement

PARIS - For weeks, Tom Cruise and Katie Holmes answered questions about marriage by saying, ''That's something we have to talk about.''

On Friday morning, they finally found the time - at the Eiffel Tower in Paris.

''Today is a magnificent day for me, I'm engaged to a magnificent woman,'' the 42-year-old Cruise said at a news conference. ''It was early this morning at the Eiffel Tower, so I haven't slept at all.''

The crowd of journalists cheered and applauded as the couple looked at each other, smiling and blushing. Holmes, seated nearby, held her hands together in her lap, a massive diamond ring on her finger.

Wonder to pay funeral expenses for victims of fire

PHILADELPHIA - Stevie Wonder has arranged to pay the funeral expenses for five children who were killed in a city row house fire, his publicist said.

Wonder was heartbroken after hearing about the blaze and wanted to do something to help the family, said his publicist, Ira Tucker.

The June 12 blaze killed three sisters, Summer Cooke, 5; Samantha Bowers, 4; and Sabrina Dickson, 22 months; and two of their cousins who lived nearby, Amber Johnson, 3; and Reginald Ringgold, 1.

Bice says he's glad he didn't win 'American Idol'

NEW YORK - Three weeks after being defeated by Carrie Underwood in the finals of ''American Idol,'' Bo Bice says he's happy he lost.

''People ask me, 'What were you thinking while you stood there waiting for them to announce the winner?''' Bice says in Rolling Stone magazine.

The answer?

''Please, God, don't let me win this thing.''

In the magazine, Bice also claims he never wanted the ''Idol'' crown to

tarnish his Southern rock

reputation.

- From wire reports