Today's Takeaways: A Senate Showdown, A Long Fight in Gaza, and E-Waste as Music

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Tuesday, July 29, 2014

A Muslim girl prays inside Hala Sultan Tekke mosque in the coastal Cypriot city of Larnaca on July 28, 2014 on the first day of Eid al-Fitr, that marks the end of the fasting month of Ramadan. (Yiannis Kourtoglou/AFP/Getty)

1. An Inside Look at Gaza's Tunnels | 2. Democrats & Republicans Showdown as 2014 Midterm Elections Heat Up | 3. Electronic Waste Orchestra Turns Trash into Tunes | 4. Mistrust Fuels Deadly Ebola Outbreak | 5. Listeners Respond: Ramadan Reflections

An Inside Look at Gaza's Tunnels

In a televised address late Monday night, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu told his citizens to prepare for a long fight in Gaza. 

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ISIS: From Militia to State

The conflict in Syria is producing some gruesome images and harrowing statistics. The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights is reporting that 1,600 people had been killed in just 10 days this month.

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2014 Midterm Elections Heat Up

Democrats have held the majority in the Senate for almost eight years now, but as the November 2014 elections approach Republicans are feeling confident they can take it back. This week, we're taking a closer look at some of the 36 races heating up across the country. 

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Has Congress Fixed the VA for Good?

After six weeks of negotiations, Congress has finally reached an agreement on how reform the veteran healthcare system. A key part of the proposal lets veterans bypass the VA system in the case of a backlog and instead seek out treatment from non-VA Medicare-eligible providers. 

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The Electronic Waste Orchestra

Musician and programmer Colten Jackson is getting some use out stuff most of us call trash. With six hard drives and an old keyboard number pad, Jackson put together his first e-waste instrument: The hard drive guitar. It's part of a project called the Electric Waste Orchestra.

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Mistrust Fuels Deadly Ebola Outbreak

The deadliest Ebola outbreak on record continues to spread in West Africa, claiming the lives of nearly 700 people. Part of what makes fighting the outbreak in Sierra Leone so difficult is the deep-seated mistrust of the government.

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Listeners Respond: Ramadan Reflections

Through 30 days of fasting, from sunrise to sunset, Muslims are encouraged to spend time in prayer and reflection. As Muslims around the world celebrate the end of Ramadanwe bring you these voices of reflection from around the country.

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