Holmes takes big interest in Cruise's religion

TOLEDO, Ohio-The giant engagement ring and Eiffel Tower proposal have quelled most doubts in Katie Holmes' hometown about her relationship with Tom Cruise.

It hasn't, though, stopped the squawking about her sudden interest in Scientology, Cruise's religion.

Holmes, 26, graduated from an all-girls Catholic school.

"I wonder what the nuns are thinking now," said Jeanne Meyer, a Toledo native. "I'm surprised she's going so far from her origins."

"Everyone's entitled to their own beliefs," said Karen Rosebrock, a Catholic in Toledo.

Eminem backs fireworks display

DETROIT-An huge annual fireworks display is expected to get a fundraising boost from Grammy-winning rapper Eminem.

Eminem, whose real name is Marshall Mathers III, grew up in the Detroit area and lives in suburban Rochester Hills.

"The fireworks are a big part of summertime in Detroit, and I want to support them and the mayor," the rapper said in a statement. "I've come downtown to watch them since I was a kid, and I'll get involved in something that helps the city any way I can."

Stanley to undergo bypass surgery

NASHVILLE, Tenn.-Bluegrass singer Ralph Stanley will undergo coronary bypass surgery Monday.

Doctors recommended the multiple bypass operation after the 78-year-old singer went for a regular checkup this past week, according to a statement from his publicist.

Stanley and his brother, Carter, formed one of the premier groups of early bluegrass music, the Stanley Brothers.

Kidman likes 'magic' powers

LOS ANGELES -Nicole Kidman would love to have a witch's powers for a day-especially when she's having a bad day.

"It's kind of nice to be able to ... walk through and blow up the cappuccino machine and make a dog jump into your arms and make him speak in tongues," Kidman told reporters recently, according to AP Radio.

-From wire reports