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CES 2017 innovation awards: Hottest tech coming this year

CES 2017 showed off the latest and hottest tech toys, smart phones and high-definition televisions in the business - as well as new products never before seen. The 2017 innovation awards, described by the Consumer Electronics Show as "honoring outstanding design and engineering in consumer technology products," highlight the top tech in various fields, which are voted on by a three-member team of industry members. Here are 31 items that won an innovation award for the 2017 show and may find there way into your home this year.

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Paisley Park vs. Graceland: How do these royal museums compare?

Graceland and Paisley Park. They're as different as Memphis and Minneapolis, as rock and funk, as the 6-foot King and the 5-foot-2 Prince. Elvis had his stud-decorated jumpsuits, an endless supply of silk scarves and a big necklace with his lightning "TCB" (taking care of business) logo. Prince had his colorful custom-designed outfits, an endless collection of shoes with 4-inch heels and a big necklace with his unpronounceable glyph.

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Reno: Biggest little city is growing up

Hunched on the eastern edge of the Sierra Nevada, Reno has long suffered a reputation as a poor man's Las Vegas with snow. Its casinos are more modest than the flashing palaces on the Strip, and even its motto - "The Biggest Little City in the World" - feels strangely self-deprecating.

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Space center's Heroes & Legends exhibit is an inspiration to all

The passing of the iconic John Glenn - astronaut, senator and American hero - served as a reminder to us all of who and what's truly admirable in life. Mind-numbing apps, mediocre professional athletes who make headlines for all the wrong reasons, C-list television personalities famous for reasons no one really knows . . . these are the kinds of people who have been influencing our children (and let's face it - many adults as well). But we're in a position to change all that, to instill the values we hold dear.

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Mendocino: Foodie adventures in charming Boonville

There are hidden California treasures nestled in Mendocino's Anderson Valley, where vineyards unfurl along the hillsides and the tiny town of Boonville offers a foodie paradise. Culinary inspiration is contagious in this hamlet, where everyone knows everyone, and we weekenders can dabble in all the deliciousness.

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Artist haven, foodie heaven: The tiny paradise of Edison

Edison nestles into the watery-green Skagit County farmlands like a lazy bend in the slough. At 11 a.m. on a Friday, you could be the only person walking around the old-fashioned storefronts and tangled, art-filled gardens. But foodie journals and lifestyle blogs have been discovering Edison for years now: a tiny hamlet (it’s not officially a town) filled with more artists, artisans and chefs than you’d think possible, yet still keeping its offbeat, dusty-saddle charm.

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Canada’s First Nations return to Vancouver

Wearing a woven cedar headband that distinguished her from the other boots-and-backpack-clad hikers, Candace Campo guided a walk in Stanley Park in Vancouver, British Columbia, last fall, pointing out path-side huckleberries and blackberries. She stripped a soft piece of bark from a fraying cedar trunk to demonstrate how it can be used as fiber for clothing, and detailed how to extract vitamin C from western hemlock needles by steeping them in boiling water.

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Searching for chimpanzees in the Mahale mountains

The dhow slowly makes its way south down Lake Tanganyika, the Mahale Mountains in the background. The captain keeps the boat moving extra slow, and his crew hands me sodas to combat my motion sickness. We are halfway through an adventure trip trough Tanzania — and I am focusing on the horizon to squelch the queasiness.

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Ghostly Port Gamble, the Kitsap town where history comes alive — literally

It’s a dark and stormy night, and I’m sitting in the most haunted house in Washington’s most haunted town. There’s no heat, and I feel the cold seeping up through my bones. Scattered around me in the empty darkness are 10 other people armed with electro-magnetic sensors, paranormal apps and dowsing rods. We’re all silent, alert for a signal from one of the house’s original occupants.

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Traffic Q&A: State says homeless camps along state Route 16 pose danger to people and road crews

Traffic reporter Adam Lynn finds the answer to a reader’s question about what the state is doing with the homeless encampments along state Route 16 near 19th Street in Tacoma.
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Traffic Q&A: State says homeless camps along state Route 16 pose danger to people and road crews

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Markelle Fultz discusses Huskies 94-72 loss to Utah

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Huskies coach Lorenzo Romar discusses 94-72 loss to Utah

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