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File photo. Credit: Spencer Platt/Getty ImagesReporter’s Notebook by ABC News’ Terry Moran

(GAZA CITY, Gaza Strip) — “The Cruel Lady” rolled along.

That’s the nickname the Israeli soldiers use to describe their armored personnel carrier, or APC — it’s basically an oven on wheels. ABC News traveled into Gaza on an APC with troops from the Israeli Defense Forces’ 188 Armored Brigade today, witnessing a rarely-seen side of Israel’s conflict with Hamas, now in its third week.

The soldiers in “The Cruel Lady” were accompanied by two tanks, all under the command of Col. Tomer Ifrah.

Ifrah says he’s proud of the work he and his troops are doing.

The mounting civilian casualties in Gaza, especially the children, affect him, he said.

“I see my own kids,” he said. “A child is a child is a child. We do everything we can to avoid hurting innocents. It is the first thing we brief every day. But sometimes, it happens.”

The squad was commanded by Barak Lanes, 29, a veteran of Operation Cast Lead. Lanes said he was scared to go into Gaza today. He has a 1-year-old boy at home, and Lanes hopes his son never has to enter the army.

The unit traveled from Kissufim Crossing, where incoming mortar fire sent us scrambling for shelter. The unit’s destination today was a newly-discovered tunnel on the outskirts of Gaza City.

On the way, we stopped. One of the tanks had spotted what they feared was a Hamas militant team with an anti-tank missile. The tank took cover. Ifrah assessed the situation. A school housing refuges was located nearby — too close to engage the threat, Ifrah decided — so another route was taken.

The tunnel the soldiers visited was uncovered the day before when an armored vehicle sank into the sandy ground under what were once greenhouses, but now were sandy ruins. The IDF dug it out this morning.

The tunnel stretched into darkness, sided in concrete and narrow.

Two Israeli soldiers stood with their guns pointed down the shaft, scanning for potential threats. Hamas militants have been using the tunnels for sneak attacks, a main focus for the Israeli forces.

The soldiers decided against entering the tunnel — booby-traps are always a possibility. The Israelis believe there may be other entrances, too.

Entrances to the tunnel had already been found at a nearby house. But at the moment, that location was too difficult to reach.

As the soldiers stood at the tunnel’s entrance, sniper fire peppered down. The Israelis countered with suppressing fire and a smokescreen. We hustled back to our vehicles, and back to Israel.

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McDonald’s(BEIJING) — A mom led her pouting son out of a Beijing McDonald’s at lunch time this week while grumpily explaining to him, “There are no chicken wings or nuggets, or anything.”

What the home of the Big Mac and the Quarter Pounder have been offering in some of its restaurants since a meat scandal hit China is tofu nuggets.

More than 2,000 McDonald’s in China, including Beijing and Shanghai, have reported a shortage of meat. McDonald’s in Japan and Hong Kong are experiencing similar shortages.

Many of the restaurants have run out of the most basic McDonald’s ingredients.

“Sorry, we don’t have hamburgers or chicken nuggets,” an employee at a McDonald’s in center Beijing explained to customers this week.

The restaurant was unusually quiet. At every cash register was a sign in Chinese and English saying, “We regret to let you know that currently we will only be able to provide a limited menu at our restaurant. Thank you for your understanding and your continued support to our brand. We are working towards resuming the availability of your favorite products as soon as possible.”

After reading the sign, a hungry customer complained, “What can I still eat here? There is nothing here.”

The shortages of meat and chicken came after McDonald’s and other fast food restaurants in China and Japan occurred after McDonald’s cut ties with their long term meat supplier Shanghai Husi Food Company last week. They broke off the arrangement when a TV report captured footage of the company allegedly violating numerous safety regulations, including mixing in chicken and beef parts that were months beyond their expiration date.

China Food and Drug Administration shut down Shanghai Husi Food. OSI Group, Shanghai Husi’s American parent company, said in a statement last week it would pull all their Shanghai Husi products off the market.

The chain restaurants in Japan have begun buying chicken from Thailand instead of China. According to AFP, more than 3,000 McDonald’s in Japan started to sell “Tufu Shinjo” nuggets. For 249 yen ($2.40 USD), customers can try the new side dish that meshes tofu, vegetable and fish, and is chicken-free.

At the Beijing McDonald’s where a man claimed there was nothing left on the menu, the harried woman behind the counter advised, “There are Filet-O-Fish sandwich, french fries, pies, ice cream. You can also order coffee and cake on the counter. Also there are some other restaurants in this building.”

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iStock/Thinkstock(MONTREAL) — The United Nations agency that governs civil aviation is creating a task force aimed at improving security measures after the shoot-down of a Malaysia Airlines jet over eastern Ukraine.

In an emergency meeting in Montreal, top officials from four international organizations discussed risks to civilian aviation in conflict zones.

Airlines and international leaders are calling on nations to be more honest and quick with information about the safety of their skies. Some countries argue such releases could jeopardize their national security — but International Air Transport Association CEO Tony Tyler disagreed.

“When considering whether or not they will share information, of course they should if they know something,” Tyler said. “If it is not safe, how can they sit back and watch innocent people threatened in this way?”

The July 17 Malaysia Airlines shoot-down — which left 298 people dead — has drawn attention to airline conflict zones. The air zone where the plane was shot down was not restricted above 32,000 feet, and the pilots followed known protocols.

The shooting has left air passengers wondering if it’s safe to fly. That safety will be addressed at a high-level meeting scheduled for February 2015.

“The world’s airlines are angry. And I suspect the same is true for each of the 3.3 billion people who will board aircraft this year,” Tyler said.

While officials say that a more efficient system is needed, they also expressed concerns about over-regulation.

“We don’t need to throw away 100 years of good experience because of one terrible and tragic incident,” Tyler said. “We’ve identified that gap. Let’s close that gap.”

Investigators remain unable to work the grisly scene of the downed plane. It’s too dangerous, with clashes ongoing between the region’s pro-Russia rebel leaders and the Ukraine government.

“The recovery of the bodies and proper investigation from the event is still being hampered by the activities of people in control of that area,” Tyler said. “It is an appalling situation.”

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iStock/Thinkstock(MONTREAL) — The United Nations agency that governs civil aviation is creating a task force aimed at improving security measures after the shoot-down of a Malaysia Airlines jet over eastern Ukraine.

In an emergency meeting in Montreal, top officials from four international organizations discussed risks to civilian aviation in conflict zones.

Airlines and international leaders are calling on nations to be more honest and quick with information about the safety of their skies. Some countries argue such releases could jeopardize their national security — but International Air Transport Association CEO Tony Tyler disagreed.

“When considering whether or not they will share information, of course they should if they know something,” Tyler said. “If it is not safe, how can they sit back and watch innocent people threatened in this way?”

The July 17 Malaysia Airlines shoot-down — which left 298 people dead — has drawn attention to airline conflict zones. The air zone where the plane was shot down was not restricted above 32,000 feet, and the pilots followed known protocols.

The shooting has left air passengers wondering if it’s safe to fly. That safety will be addressed at a high-level meeting scheduled for February 2015.

“The world’s airlines are angry. And I suspect the same is true for each of the 3.3 billion people who will board aircraft this year,” Tyler said.

While officials say that a more efficient system is needed, they also expressed concerns about over-regulation.

“We don’t need to throw away 100 years of good experience because of one terrible and tragic incident,” Tyler said. “We’ve identified that gap. Let’s close that gap.”

Investigators remain unable to work the grisly scene of the downed plane. It’s too dangerous, with clashes ongoing between the region’s pro-Russia rebel leaders and the Ukraine government.

“The recovery of the bodies and proper investigation from the event is still being hampered by the activities of people in control of that area,” Tyler said. “It is an appalling situation.”

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Doug Pensinger/Getty Images(NEW YORK) — Defensive playmakers are becoming a premium in the NFL and the Cardinals are taking care of their own as they’ve rewarded cornerback Patrick Peterson with a five-year extension worth $70 million with $48 million guaranteed.

“Happy to announce my 5 year extension with @AZCARDINALS ! $70M and $48M Guaranteed!! #AZCardinals #P2Nation #YearOfTheCardinal,” Peterson tweeted Tuesday night.

Petterson is now the highest-paid cornerback in the NFL in terms of total money. He beats out the Browns’ Joe Hadden, who got $68 million earlier this offseason.

Petterson was the fifth overall pick in the 2011 Draft, and has been everything the Cardinals hoped they’d be getting. He’s made three Pro Bowls and is a two-time NFL All Pro. He’s considered one of the best cornerbacks in the NFL and is also an explosive returner, and sometimes mixes in with the team on offense. Since his rookie season, Petterson is third in the NFL in interceptions with 12.

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Doug Pensinger/Getty Images(NEW YORK) — Defensive playmakers are becoming a premium in the NFL and the Cardinals are taking care of their own as they’ve rewarded cornerback Patrick Peterson with a five-year extension worth $70 million with $48 million guaranteed.

“Happy to announce my 5 year extension with @AZCARDINALS ! $70M and $48M Guaranteed!! #AZCardinals #P2Nation #YearOfTheCardinal,” Peterson tweeted Tuesday night.

Petterson is now the highest-paid cornerback in the NFL in terms of total money. He beats out the Browns’ Joe Hadden, who got $68 million earlier this offseason.

Petterson was the fifth overall pick in the 2011 Draft, and has been everything the Cardinals hoped they’d be getting. He’s made three Pro Bowls and is a two-time NFL All Pro. He’s considered one of the best cornerbacks in the NFL and is also an explosive returner, and sometimes mixes in with the team on offense. Since his rookie season, Petterson is third in the NFL in interceptions with 12.

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Scott Boehm/Getty Images(LOS ANGELES) — One of legendary voices in all of sports is coming back as the Los Angeles Dodgers announced on Tuesday night that announcer Vin Scully will return in 2015.

The Dodgers broke the news to their fans on the videoboard and in its TV broadcast during the second inning of their game against the Atlanta Braves.

It will be the 86-year-old Scully’s 66th season announcing for the team.

“It is very difficult to say goodbye,” Scully said in a statement. “God willing, I will be back next year. Over the years, I have been blessed to have so many friends, including those that sit in the stands and listen as well as those at home, who listen and watch. It is just too hard to say goodbye to all these friends. Naturally, there will come a time, when I will have to say goodbye, but I’ve soul-searched, and this is not the time.”

Scully has been the team’s play-by-play man since 1950, and took over as the primary voice of the team in 1953.

He was elected to the Hall of Fame in 1982.

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Scott Boehm/Getty Images(LOS ANGELES) — One of legendary voices in all of sports is coming back as the Los Angeles Dodgers announced on Tuesday night that announcer Vin Scully will return in 2015.

The Dodgers broke the news to their fans on the videoboard and in its TV broadcast during the second inning of their game against the Atlanta Braves.

It will be the 86-year-old Scully’s 66th season announcing for the team.

“It is very difficult to say goodbye,” Scully said in a statement. “God willing, I will be back next year. Over the years, I have been blessed to have so many friends, including those that sit in the stands and listen as well as those at home, who listen and watch. It is just too hard to say goodbye to all these friends. Naturally, there will come a time, when I will have to say goodbye, but I’ve soul-searched, and this is not the time.”

Scully has been the team’s play-by-play man since 1950, and took over as the primary voice of the team in 1953.

He was elected to the Hall of Fame in 1982.

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Scott Boehm/Getty Images(LOS ANGELES) — One of legendary voices in all of sports is coming back as the Los Angeles Dodgers announced on Tuesday night that announcer Vin Scully will return in 2015.

The Dodgers broke the news to their fans on the videoboard and in its TV broadcast during the second inning of their game against the Atlanta Braves.

It will be the 86-year-old Scully’s 66th season announcing for the team.

“It is very difficult to say goodbye,” Scully said in a statement. “God willing, I will be back next year. Over the years, I have been blessed to have so many friends, including those that sit in the stands and listen as well as those at home, who listen and watch. It is just too hard to say goodbye to all these friends. Naturally, there will come a time, when I will have to say goodbye, but I’ve soul-searched, and this is not the time.”

Scully has been the team’s play-by-play man since 1950, and took over as the primary voice of the team in 1953.

He was elected to the Hall of Fame in 1982.

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Scott Boehm/Getty Images(LOS ANGELES) — One of legendary voices in all of sports is coming back as the Los Angeles Dodgers announced on Tuesday night that announcer Vin Scully will return in 2015.

The Dodgers broke the news to their fans on the videoboard and in its TV broadcast during the second inning of their game against the Atlanta Braves.

It will be the 86-year-old Scully’s 66th season announcing for the team.

“It is very difficult to say goodbye,” Scully said in a statement. “God willing, I will be back next year. Over the years, I have been blessed to have so many friends, including those that sit in the stands and listen as well as those at home, who listen and watch. It is just too hard to say goodbye to all these friends. Naturally, there will come a time, when I will have to say goodbye, but I’ve soul-searched, and this is not the time.”

Scully has been the team’s play-by-play man since 1950, and took over as the primary voice of the team in 1953.

He was elected to the Hall of Fame in 1982.

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