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KABUL, Afghanistan
General's plane damaged

An insurgent rocket attack damaged the plane of the top U.S. military general as it sat parked at a coalition base in Afghanistan on Tuesday, dealing another blow to the image of progress in building a stable country as foreign forces work to wind down the 10-year-old war.

The Taliban claimed responsibility for the two rockets that landed near the C-17 transport plane that U.S. Army Gen. Martin Dempsey, the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, flew into Bagram Air Field north of Kabul on a day earlier. The claim was an attempt by the insurgents to score more propaganda points in what has been a deadly few weeks for the international coalition in Afghanistan.

Jamie Graybeal, a spokesman for the U.S. military and the international coalition, said Dempsey was in his staff quarters when the two rockets landed and was unhurt in the attack.

Israel aiming for Iran nukes

The Israeli prime minister's national security adviser met with an influential rabbi to persuade him to support a military strike on Iran's nuclear sites, a party official said Tuesday.

Rabbi Ovadia Yosef, the Shas Party's 92-year-old spiritual leader, met with national security adviser Yaakov Amidror last week, the official said on condition of anonymity because he was not authorized to brief reporters.

He said he did not know the rabbi's response because the talks were private.

The meeting comes at a time of public debate about the possibility of an Israeli attack against Iran to stop its nuclear program. Israel and the West suspect Iran is aiming to build nuclear weapons. Iran insists the program is for peaceful purposes.

Train derails, killing 2

A coal train derailed and tumbled from a bridge in Maryland early Tuesday morning, crushing cars in a nearby parking lot and killing two women who were on the tracks, officials said.

Just after midnight Tuesday, 21 of the train's 80 cars flipped over on a bridge in Ellicott City, Md., about 12 miles west of Baltimore. Some cars spilled coal across the town's Main Street, and seven cars fell onto vehicles in a county-owned parking lot nearby, Howard County Police Department spokeswoman Sherry Llewellyn told the Los Angeles Times.

‘Paterno' sales slow

George Stuck, of West Lawn, flipped through the new Joe Paterno biography this morning in downtown State College, saying he was interested in reading it but had no plans to buy the book Tuesday.

Such was the immediate local reaction to Joe Posnanski's new book, "Paterno," upon its official release.

Downtown Student Bookstore General Manager John Lindo said his business sold about 10 online copies of the book, but he was unaware of any in-store sales as of late morning.

"Paterno" sheds new light on the former Penn State head football coach's experiences as the Jerry Sandusky child sex abuse scandal was unfolding.

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