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Black Sabbath is back



Published: Fri, October 27, 2006 @ 12:00 a.m.



Black Sabbath is back

LOS ANGELES -- The Black Sabbath boys are back, as the new band Heaven and Hell.

Guitarist Tony Iommi, bassist Geezer Butler, drummer Bill Ward and singer Ronnie James Dio -- former members of British metal supergroup Black Sabbath -- are forming the band named after their 1980 hit, according to their publicist. They plan to launch an international tour next year.

Bass reveals threats

NEW YORK -- Lance Bass' partner, Reichen Lehmkuhl, says he and the former 'N Sync star have been dealing with threats ignited by his new memoir about the trials of being gay while serving in the military.

"We have to be very protective," Lehmkuhl told the TV show "Inside Edition" in an interview that was to air Wednesday.

"I am not going to hide," said the former Air Force captain and winner of season four of CBS' "Amazing Race." "There are threats that come in from people who do not want me to be so public and expose what is going on in the military."

Lehmkuhl, 32, says that he and the 27-year-old Bass, who revealed he is gay in July, forward the threats to private security personnel who send what they consider to be the more serious ones to the FBI. "Everything is being covered so we feel safe," he said.

Lehmkuhl's book, "Here's What We'll Say: Growing Up, Coming Out, and the U.S. Air Force Academy," recounts his time keeping his sexual orientation a secret from Air Force colleagues.

Today's birthdays

Actress Nanette Fabray is 86. Baseball Hall-of-Famer and sportscaster Ralph Kiner is 84. Former Secretary of State Warren M. Christopher is 81. Actor-comedian John Cleese is 67. Country singer Lee Greenwood is 64. Rock musician Garry Tallent (Bruce Springsteen & amp; the E Street Band) is 57. Author Fran Lebowitz is 56. Rock musician K.K. Downing (Judas Priest) is 55. Actor-director Roberto Benigni is 54. Actor Robert Picardo is 53. Singer Simon Le Bon is 48. Rock singer Scott Weiland is 39. Actress-singer Kelly Osbourne is 22.

Copyright 2006 Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed.




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